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Tamara Drasin

Singer, Actress

(c1905 - 1943)

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Filmography at imdb.com
Broadway credits at ibdb.com
Tamara came to America from the Ukraine as a child and attended school in New York. After singing in Russian restaurants and making some minor appearances in Broadway shows she finally tasted success in the1933 operetta, Roberta, in which she sang the show’s most winning tune, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra.

She had a night club act in 1936 before returning to Broadway in a show that flopped but introduced “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” Later that same year she also introduced “Get Out of Town” in Cole Porter’s Leave It to Me (1938).

Tamara died prematurely in the crash of the Yankee Clipper in Portugal which was also carrying singer Jane Froman on her way to entertain troops. Froman survived and her story was told in the film With a Song in My Heart (1952).

- Sandra Burlingame

Broadway - The American Musical (PBS Series)

Various Artists (Includes Tamara singing "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes")
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Various Artists

Broadway - The American Musical (PBS Series) (2004)

DVD - Includes Tamara singing Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Anna Naegle, Victor Mature, Eve Arden, David Niven, Annabella, Tamara

No, No, Nanette (and Dinner At the Ritz)

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