|Birth name||Tamara Drasin|
Sorochintsï, Russian Empire
|Died||22 February 1943 (aged c37)
near Lisbon, Portugal
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.
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
Drasin's story was partially told in the Jane Froman film With a Song in My Heart (1952). Froman suffered serious injuries in the same plane crash and later said that she had given Drasin her seat, which bothered Froman for the rest of her life.
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