Helen Kane

Actor, Singer
The woman best-known as the inspiration for the cartoon character Betty Boop was also a star in her own right. The tiny, plump Brooklynite was playing vaudeville with the Marx Brothers by the early 1920s, and ... Read more »
Born: 08/04/1904 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (2)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Three Little Words (Movie)

Singing Voice of Debbie Reynolds (Voice)

Biography

The woman best-known as the inspiration for the cartoon character Betty Boop was also a star in her own right. The tiny, plump Brooklynite was playing vaudeville with the Marx Brothers by the early 1920s, and skyrocketed to stardom in 1928 while singing at the Paramount in Times Square. Interpolating the scat lyrics "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" into the song "I Want to Be Loved By You," Kane invented a whole new style of baby-voiced singing which epitomized the endearing silliness of the Roaring 20s.

Relationships

Louis Schroeder

Brother

Father
German-born

Mother
Irish-born

Daniel Healy

Husband
married 1939 till her death

Max Hoffman Jr. Actor

Husband

Joseph Kane

Husband

Milestones

1956

Played the Palace again

1950

Made comeback

1935

Retired from show business

1932

Filed suit against Fleischer Studios (lost suit in 1934)

1929

Signed with Paramount, made six films (first was "Nothing But the Truth", last was "Heads Up!")

1928

Became a star singing at the Paramount in Times Square

1921

Played the Palace for the first time

1918

Stage debut in vaudeville

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