Betty Hutton

Actor, Singer, Cook
One of the most popular screen performers of the 1940s and early 1950s, Betty Hutton gave unfettered, go-for-broke performances in musicals like "Annie Get Your Gun" and comedies like "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Private Screenings: Betty Hutton 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Betty Hutton Show 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Let's Dance 1949 (Movie)

Kitty McNeil (Actor)

Duffy's Tavern 1945 (Movie)

Betty Hutton (Actor)

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1943 (Movie)

Trudy Kockenlocker (Actor)

Let's Face It 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

Polly Judson (Actor)

And the Angels Sing (Movie)

Bobby Angel (Actor)

Annie Get Your Gun (Movie)

Annie Oakley (Actor)

Dream Girl (Movie)

Georgina Allerton (Actor)

Happy Go Lucky (Movie)

Bubbles Hennessy (Actor)

Here Come the Waves (Movie)

Susie Allison (Actor)

Incendiary Blonde (Movie)

Texas Guinan (Actor)

Red, Hot and Blue (Movie)

Eleanor Collier (Actor)

Sailor Beware (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

The Fleet's In (Movie)

Bessie Dale (Actor)

The Stork Club (Movie)

Judy Peabody (Actor)
Music (1)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

("Hit the Road to Dreamland") (Song Performer)

Biography

One of the most popular screen performers of the 1940s and early 1950s, Betty Hutton gave unfettered, go-for-broke performances in musicals like "Annie Get Your Gun" and comedies like "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (1942) before enduring one of the grimmest declines in Hollywood history. She battled her way out of a troubled childhood to become a star on Broadway before making her feature debut in 1942's "The Fleet's In." Audiences were charmed by her limitless energy and charm, and she soon became a top box office draw. The emotional problems of her early years took their toll on her personal life, and by the early 1950s, her career was in decline, jeopardized by mounting addictions and depression. She vanished from sight until the early 1970s, when she was found recuperating at a rectory in Rhode Island; Hutton mounted a modest comeback, marked by exceptional frankness about her struggles, until her death in 2007. Her unsinkable screen persona retained its popularity thanks to home video, which preserved her unique style for decades to come.

Relationships

Candy Briskin

Daughter
born on November 23, 1946

Lindsay Briskin

Daughter
born on April 14, 1948

Ted Briskin

Husband
married on September 2, 1945 divorced in April 1950

Carolyn Candoli

Daughter
born in 1962

Peter Candoli

Husband
born c. 1927 married on December 24, 1960 obtained Mexican divorce in 1966 reconciled divorced in November 1971

Marion Hutton

Sister
born on March 10, 1920 died in 1987 female lead vocalist with the Glenn Miller Band appeared in the films "Orchestra Wives" (1942), "Crazy House", "In Society" (both 1944) and "Love Happy" (1950)

Norman Krasna

Companion
briefly engaged in 1955

Alan Livingston

Husband
married on March 8, 1955 divorced on October 21, 1960 executive with Capitol Records

Edward Norris Actor

Companion
dated briefly

Charles O'Curran

Husband
married on March 18, 1952 in Las Vegas divorced in February 1955 second husband had been her dance director on "Somebody Loves Me" (1952)

Robert Sterling

Companion
dated after her divorce from Ted Briskin c. 1951

Percy Thornburg

Father
deserted family in 1923 when Hutton was two committed suicide in 1937

Mabel Thornburg

Mother
died on January 1, 1962 fell asleep while smoking and died in the fire

EDUCATION

Salve Regina College

Newport , Rhode Island 1983 - 1986

Milestones

2000

Gave first major TV interview in nearly 20 years to Robert Osborne for the American Movie Classics series "Private Screenings"

1988

Collapsed while teaching; diagnosed with Epstein-Barr syndrome

1986

Named a member of the faculty of Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island, teaching motion picture and TV classes

1981

Returned to Broadway for two weeks playing Miss Hannigan in the hit musical "Annie"

1978

Hired to greet people at the door of a jai-alai playing field and establishment in Connecticut

1976

Made guest appearance on the ABC detective series "Baretta"

1975

Briefly resumed nightclub career

1967

Filed for bankruptcy

1964

Returned to Broadway as Carol Burnett's replacement for one week in the musical, "Fade Out, Fade In"

1962

Toured in a summer production of "Gypsy"

1959

Starred as a manicurist on short-lived CBS sitcom, "Goldie" (retitled "The Betty Hutton Show")

1957

Returned to film with "Spring Reunion" (her last film to date)

1954

TV debut as the star of the musical special, "Satins and Spurs" (NBC)

1954

Announced retirement as a result of failure of TV special

1953

Returned to Capitol Records

1952

After successful vaudeville engagement at the Palace Theatre in New York, underwent throat surgery and had to retrain her voice

1952

Played the trapeze artist in Cecil B DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth"

1952

Turned to successful vaudeville career

1952

Walked out of her Paramount contract (a year before it expired) when the studio refused to allow her husband Charles O'Curran to direct her vehicle "Topsy and Eva"; film was never made

1950

Signed with RCA Victor records

1950

Replaced an ailing Judy Garland as Annie Oakley in the film version of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun"

1944

Starred in first dramatic role as Texas Guinan in "Incendiary Blonde"

1943

Toured vaudeville circuit

1943

Embarked on a two-month USO tour of the South Pacific

1943

Renegotiated new contract with Paramount at $5,000 a week

1943

Appeared in first non-singing role, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek", directed by Preston Sturges

1942

Became one of the first performers to be signed by songwriter Johnny Mercer for the newly formed Capitol Records

1941

Named Star of Tomorrow by the MOTION PICTURE HERALD exhibitors' poll

1941

Hired at $1,000 a week by "Panama Hattie" producer B G 'Buddy' DeSylva to make feature debut in Paramount musical, "The Fleet's In"

1941

Landed a comedy and singing job on radio's "The Bob Hope Show" (date approximate)

1940

Left Lopez's band; Broadway stage debut in revue, "Two For the Show"

1940

Featured in the Cole Porter Broadway musical "Panama Hattie", starring Ethel Merman

1939

Performed on Vincent Lopez's NBC radio program; toured vaudeville circuit with bandleader

1939

Recording debut on Bluebird Records doing vocals with Vincent Lopez's band on "Igloo" and "The Jitterbug" and a duet with Sonny Shuyler on "Concert in the Park"

1939

Screen debut in Vitaphone short, "Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra"; also appeared with Hal Sherman in Vitaphone short, "One For the Book" (1939) and with Hal LeRoy in "Public Jitterbug No. 1" (1939)

1939

Made first short for Paramount, "Three Kings and a Queen"

1938

Professional singing debut with the Lopez band at Billy Rose's Casa Manana Club in Manhattan

1938

Sister became a vocalist with the Glenn Miller band; both sisters changed their last name to Hutton

1937

Discovered by bandleader Vincent Lopez, singing at a Detroit nightclub; hired as vocalist with Lopez's band at $65 at week; used name of Betty Darling on tour (had previously been billed as Betty Jane Boyar)

1923

Mother moved with daughters to Detroit where she worked in an automobile factory and operated a speakeasy after husband's desertion (date approximate)

Popular songs include "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" and "It's Oh So Quiet".

Got first professional job as a singer at a Michigan summer resort at age 13; worked with a local band composed of high school students

Made brief, unsuccessful trip to New York to break into show business at age 15

Began career dancing on tabletops with her sister at her mother's bootleg bar in Lansing, Michigan at age three

Returned to Rhode Island to live

Moved into St Anthony's Rectory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island after entering a detox program; worked as a housekeeper--cooking, washing dishes and making beds at rectory; converted to Catholicism in the mid-1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Besides film title "Incendiary Blonde" which clung to Hutton as a nickname, she was also called "The Blonde Blitzkrieg" and "The Huttontot" all monikers that capitalized on her outward personality, ignoring the depressed and restless creature who lived within them.

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Hutton's contract with bandleader Vincent Lopez called for him to get 20 percent of income in current and all future ventures. ("Hollywood Songsters", Garland Publishing Company, 1991)

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Hutton taught theatre arts at Emerson College in Boston, MA

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