Tamara Drasin

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Background information
Birth nameTamara Drasin
Bornc. 1905
Sorochintsï, Russian Empire
Died22 February 1943 (aged c37)
near Lisbon, Portugal
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1927–1943

Tamara Drasin (c. 1905 – 22 February 1943), often credited as simply Tamara, was a singer and actress who introduced the song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"[1] in the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta.

Tamara Drasin is sometimes confused with two other performers of the 1930s musical era, the dancers Tamara Geva and Tamara Toumanova.

Early life[edit]

Drasin was born around 1905 in the village of Sorochintsï in Poltava Governorate, what is modern-day Ukraine.

Stage career[edit]

With her dark, exotic looks and throbbing vocal style, Drasin was ideal casting material for European characters in musicals of the 1930s. In Free for All, she was Marishka Tarasov; in Roberta, she was Princess Stephanie of Russian nobility; and in Right This Way and Leave It to Me!, she portrayed Frenchwomen. In all, Drasin appeared in seven musicals, from 1927 to 1938.

Music career[edit]

Besides "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and another ballad, "The Touch of Your Hand", in Roberta, Drasin introduced three other standards: "I Can Dream, Can't I?" and "I'll Be Seeing You" in Right This Way and "Get Out of Town" in Leave It to Me!.

Death and legacy[edit]

As I'll Be Seeing You was becoming one of the homefront anthems of World War II, Drasin died in a United Service Organizations plane crash near Lisbon, Portugal, on 22 February 1943.[2][3]

Drasin's story was partially told in the Jane Froman film With a Song in My Heart (1952).[4] Froman suffered serious injuries in the same plane crash[3][4] and later said that she had given Drasin her seat, which bothered Froman for the rest of her life.[5]


  1. ^ "Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes)". www.jazzstandards.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 314A NC18603 Lisboa". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Famous people who died in aviation accidents". planecrashinfo.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Tamara Drasin @ JazzStandards.com as retrieved December 31, 2006". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ Holding the High Notes: The Life of Jane Froman (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 13 November 2017.

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