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Known as perhaps one of the most flexible and energetic entertainers ever, Betty Hutton is a group singer, performed on / off Broadway, in movies, on-stage, and in nightclubs. Her performing range has established her with the capacity of both comedic and dramatic tasks, as well as the anticipated musical types. Hutton was created Betty June in Fight Creek, MI, to some railroad worker along with a homemaker. Her sister, Marion Hutton, also flourished within the entertainment market as a vocalist using the Modernaires as well as the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In 1923, Hutton’s dad remaining the family members and her mom relocated to Detroit, looking for a better existence for her kids. At age nine, Hutton started her singing profession in a college overall performance. With her mother’s encouragement, she sang in ale gardens as well as for regional and resort rings. In 1936 she journeyed to Broadway, but came back to Detroit after becoming told she’d never allow it to be. Determined to achieve success, Hutton continuing to sing and dance in night clubs in Detroit. In the Continental Golf club in Detroit, she got a rest when Vincent Lopez authorized her to sing along with his orchestra beneath the name Betty Darling. In 1939, she performed in a number of short musical films: One for the Publication with Hal Sherman, Three Kings along with a Queen, and Public Jitterbug #1 with Chaz Run after, Hal LeRoy, and Emerson’s Sextette. With dedication and work, Hutton finally managed to get to Broadway in 1940. She produced her Broadway debut in Two for the Display with then beginners Eve Arden, Alfred Drake, Richard Haydn, Tommy Question, and Keenan Wynn. She was well on her behalf method to an effective musical profession when she fulfilled maker B.G. DeSylva. He offered her a job in his Broadway musical Panama Hattie. She sang “New like a Daisy,” “They Ain’t Doin’ Best by Our Nell,” and “All I Gotta Obtain Is definitely My Man.” The chorus included such performing greats as Lucille Bremer, Janis Carter, and Vera Ellen. When DeSylva required over Paramount in 1941, Hutton’s profession only flourished even more. She performed in 14 movies in 11 years, including Content Proceed Lucky, Annie GET THE Weapon with Howard Keel, Let’s Dance with Fred Astaire, as well as the Wonder of Morgan’s Creek. In 1952, following a dispute with Paramount, Hutton remaining Hollywood and movies to execute on Broadway, in concerts and nightclubs, also to record her functions. Without looking back again on her behalf film disappointment, Hutton performed in London for three weeks in the Palladium Theatre. In 1953, she came back to NY to perform within the Palace Theatre using the Skylarks and comedian Dick Shawn. She performed many film strikes and received rave testimonials. Another 12 years noticed Hutton making tv performances on such applications as Gunsmoke and Burke’s Laws. In 1967, Hutton’s lifestyle considered despair as her mom passed on and she announced bankruptcy. Obtaining her life back order, Hutton made a decision to go after an education in 1974. She went to Salve Regina School and gained a bachelor’s level. Soon after she gained her master’s level and was honored and honorary Ph.D. With her newfound zest forever, she started teaching performing and performing classes on the school. In 1985 she received an Award of Accomplishment in the Musical Movie theater Culture of Emerson University in Boston on her behalf efforts to musical movie theater. Despite many setbacks, Hutton is normally recognized on her behalf flexible singing and dance techniques. She passed on in Hand Springs, CA, on March 12, 2007, at age 86.

Quick Facts


Full Name Betty Hutton
Died March 12, 2007, Palm Springs, California, United States
Height 1.63 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Comedian
Education Salve Regina University
Nationality American
Spouse Pete Candoli, Alan W. Livingston, Charles O'Curran, Ted Briskin
Children Candice Briskin, Caroline Candoli, Lindsay Briskin
Parents Mabel Lum, Percy E. Thornburg
Siblings Marion Hutton
Music Songs Anything You Can Do, It’s Oh So Quiet, Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief, I Wish I Didn't Love You So, You Can't Get a Man With a Gun, It’s a Man, It Had to Be You, A Bushel and a Peck, He’s a Demon – He’s a Devil – He’s a Doll, Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, His Rocking Horse Ran Away, Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry, Orange Colored Sky, Rumble, Rumble, Rumble, Murder, He Says, What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?, They Say It's Wonderful, I've Got the Sun in the Morning, Hit the Road to Dreamland, There's No Business Like Show Business, Can't Stop Talking About Him, I Wake Up in the Morning Feeling Fine, That's Loyalty, My Fickle Eye, Bluebirds in My Belfry, She’s a Lady, Can’t Stop Talking, A Square in the Social Circle, Stuff Like That There, The Sewing Machine, Love Is the Darndest Thing, Somebody Loves Me
Albums A Square in a Social Circle, Annie Get Your Gun (Original Film Soundtrack), At the Saints & Sinners Ball, Vintage Hollywood Classics, Vol. 3: Annie Get Your Gun - Easter Parade - The Pirate - Show Boat & Others (Original Stars, Original Soundtracks), Best Hits Collection of Betty Hutton, Highlights of Betty Hutton, Annie Get Your Gun (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Vol. 1, Highlights of Betty Hutton, Vol. 2, Ladies in Jazz - Betty Hutton Vol. 1, A Square In The Social Circle, Ladies in Jazz - Betty Hutton Vol. 2, Musical Muse, Masterpiece Collection of Betty Hutton, Let's Dance/And The Angels Sing, The Blonde Bombshell in Hollywood, The Best of the RCA Years, Making Eyes at You, Hollywood's Blonde Bombshell, The Very Best Of, Spotlight on... Betty Hutton, The Magic Masters, I Wish I Didn't Love You So, Show Boat, Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), It Had to Be You, Top 50 Classics - The Very Best of Betty Hutton, Jealous, Stuff Like That There, Golden Hits, That Teasin Ragtoddling the Todalo, Somebody Loves Me, Your Music Around Me, Music from the Movies, Vol. 1, Bee Bop, The Fabulous Jazz Collection, Colours of Music History (Remastered), The Jazz Movement (Remastered), That's What I Need (Remastered), It's All About Jazz Music, Western Swing, Essential Hits, Tonight in Time, My Fickle Eye, A Summer Sky Shines, Satins and Spurs, The Essential Tracks (Remastered), Betty Hutton, A Bushel and a Peck, It's Oh So Quiet! (Best Of), Orange Colored Sky (Remastered), Fabulous Magic Collection (Remastered)
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Movies Annie Get Your Gun, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, The Perils of Pauline, Incendiary Blonde, The Stork Club, Spring Reunion, Somebody Loves Me, The Fleet's In, Let's Dance, And the Angels Sing, Here Come the Waves, Let's Face It, Red, Hot and Blue, Dream Girl, Happy Go Lucky, Star Spangled Rhythm, Sailor Beware, Cross My Heart, Duffy's Tavern, My Favorite Blonde, Public Jitterbug No. 1, Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1940s, Hollywood Musicals of the '40s
TV Shows The Betty Hutton Show, The Chey Show (1955)


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#Fact
1 Because of her energetic style, Bob Hope referred to her as "A vitamin pill with legs".
2 There is conflicting information about her death date with most newspaper obituaries stating March 11, 2007 while her gravestone and the Social Security Death Index state March 12, 2007.
3 Was discovered by a New York newspaper in the early 1970s working for a soup kitchen and later a rectory as a house cleaner. She gave out her first interviews in years stating she had been counseled by the Catholic priests at this parish who helped her with her addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs and to find new meaning to her life after Hollywood. She gave similar credence to this story to Robert Osborne in 2004 when he interviewed her for a television back story on his show on TCM.
4 Ana Gasteyer paid homage to Hutton in an April 2013 TV advertisement for Weight Watchers by paroding her song "Orange Colored Sky" as well as acting out Hutton's characteristics sporting a 1940's style outlook and background.
5 Received a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2013.
6 Was Max Factors Star of the Year, 1946.
7 Ex-sister-in-law of Jay Livingston.
8 Hutton was a lifelong Republican and was an avid supporter of Ronald Reagan in particular.
9 Profiled in book, "Funny Ladies", by Stephen Silverman. [1999]
10 Was elected Mother of Year in 1956 by the City of Hope charity. In that capacity she toured the US raising money and volunteers for that good cause.
11 Was best friends in college with rock musician Kristin Hersh.
12 Best remembered by the public for her roles as energetic brassy sassy blonds.
13 None of her daughters attended her funeral.
14 Her marriages to manufacturer Ted Briskin, dance director Charles O'Curran, recording company executive Alan Livingston and jazz-man Pete Candoli all ended in divorce.
15 Sister-in-law of Vic Schoen.
16 Was considered for the role of "Delilah" in Cecil B. DeMille's 1949 film Samson and Delilah (1949). The part went to Hedy Lamarr, instead.
17 Turned down the role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (1955).
18 Her one big musical number in the Broadway show "Panama Hattie" was cut just before opening night by orders of star Ethel Merman. Hutton was so upset, the show's producer Buddy G. DeSylva promised to make her a star in movies at Paramount and he kept his word. The incident was later used in both the book and film Valley of the Dolls (1967).
19 Daughter, Carolyn, with Pete Candoli.
20 In 1974, began work as a cook and housekeeper at St Anthony's rectory in Provedence, Rhode Island.
21 She became a devout Catholic after a stay in a clinic for an addiction to sleeping pills.
22 Mother, with Pete Candoli, of daughter Caroline Candoli (born on June 19, 1962).
23 Daughters with Ted Briskin: Lindsay Briskin (born on November 23, 1946) and Candice Candy Briskin (born on April 15, 1948).
24 Reportedly did not get along with Annie Get Your Gun (1950) co-star Howard Keel. He thought she cared more about her career than her co-stars.
25 Starred in TV's first "spectacular", Satins and Spurs (1954), which debuted on September 12, 1954. It was a 90-minute musical comedy produced by Max Liebman. She played a rodeo queen who falls for a magazine writer, played by Kevin McCarthy. Reactions by critics and viewers were so negative that she announced her retirement from show business (one of the many times.)
26 Prior to her first feature film role, she appeared, in 1939, in a number of musical short subjects for Vitaphone, filmed in New York. These included: One for the Book (1940) with Hal Sherman; Public Jitterbug No. 1 (1939) with Chaz Chase, Hal Le Roy and Emerson's Sextette; and Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra (1939). Also, Paramount featured her in a one-reeler, Three Kings and a Queen (1939).
27 Younger sister of singer Marion Hutton.
28 Energetic, "blonde bombshell" actress-singer of the 1940s.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baretta 1977 TV Series Velma
Gunsmoke 1965 TV Series Molly McConnell
Burke's Law 1964-1965 TV Series Rena Zito / Carlene Glory
The Greatest Show on Earth 1964 TV Series Julia Dana
The Betty Hutton Show 1959-1960 TV Series Goldie Appleby
Spring Reunion 1957 Margaret 'Maggie' Brewster
Satins and Spurs 1954 TV Movie Cindy Smathers
Somebody Loves Me 1952 Blossom 'Bloss' Seeley
Sailor Beware 1952 Hetty Button (uncredited)
The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 Holly
Let's Dance 1950 Kitty McNeil
Annie Get Your Gun 1950 Annie Oakley
Red, Hot and Blue 1949 Eleanor Collier aka Yum-Yum
Dream Girl 1948 Georgina Allerton
The Perils of Pauline 1947 Pearl White
Cross My Heart 1946 Peggy Harper
The Stork Club 1945 Judy Peabody
Hollywood Victory Caravan 1945 Short Betty Hutton
Duffy's Tavern 1945 Betty Hutton
Incendiary Blonde 1945 Texas Guinan
Here Come the Waves 1944 Susan / Rosemary Allison
Skirmish on the Home Front 1944 Short Emily Average
And the Angels Sing 1944 Bobby Angel
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1944 Trudy Kockenlocker
Let's Face It 1943 Winnie Porter
Happy Go Lucky 1943 Bubbles Hennessy
Star Spangled Rhythm 1942 Polly Judson
The Fleet's In 1942 Bessie Dale
One for the Book 1940 Short Cinderella
Public Jitterbug No. 1 1939 Short Betty
Three Kings and a Queen 1939 Short Betty Hutton
Queens of the Air 1938 Short Betty Hutton

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fallout 4 2015 Video Game performer: "He's A Demon, He's A Devil, He's A Doll", "It's A Man"
Magnifica presenza 2012 performer: "I Wish I Didn't Love You So"
God Bless America 2011 performer: "It's Oh So Quiet!"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary performer: "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief", "Come Join the Waves" - uncredited
The Whole Shebang 2001 performer: "It's Oh So Quiet"
Annie Get Your Gun Intro with Susan Lucci 2000 Video documentary short performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business"
Pourquoi pas moi? 1999 performer: "It's Oh So Quiet"
L.A. Confidential 1997 performer: "Hit the Road to Dreamland" 1942
Speechless 1994 performer: "Anything You Can Do"
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "I'm an Indian Too" 1946, "Anything You Can Do" 1946 - uncredited
Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 "Murder He Says" 1942
Big Top Pee-wee 1988 performer: "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry"
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business" 1946 - uncredited
The Betty Hutton Show 1960 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Spring Reunion 1957 performer: "That Old Feeling"
Somebody Loves Me 1952 "Toddling the Todalo", "Smiles" 1917, uncredited / performer: "Love Him", "Somebody Loves Me" uncredited, "Teasing Rag" uncredited, "I Can't Tell Why I Love You, But I Do" 1900 uncredited, "Dixie June" uncredited, "On San Francisco Bay" uncredited, "Smiles" 1917 uncredited, "Rose Room" uncredited, "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" 1922 uncredited, "Jealous" uncredited, "Dixie Dreams" uncredited
The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 performer: "The Greatest Show on Earth", "Be a Jumping-Jack", "Only a Rose" 1925 uncredited
Moments in Music 1950 Documentary short performer: "Doctor, Lawyer and Indian Chief"
Let's Dance 1950 performer: "Can't Stop Talking About Him", "Oh Them Dudes", "Why Fight the Feeling", "Tunnel of Love" - uncredited
Annie Get Your Gun 1950 performer: "YOU CAN'T GET A MAN WITH A GUN", "DOIN' WHAT COMES NATUR'LLY", "I'M AN INDIAN TOO", "I GOT THE SUN IN THE MORNING", "ANYTHING YOU CAN DO", "THEY SAY IT'S WONDERFUL", "Moonshine Lullaby", "I Got Lost in His Arms"
Red, Hot and Blue 1949 performer: "THAT'S LOYALTY", "I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING FEELING FINE", "HAMLET", "NOW THAT I NEED YOU" - uncredited
The Perils of Pauline 1947 performer: "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" 1947, "The Sewing Machine" 1947, "Rumble, Rumble, Rumble" 1947, "Poppa, Don't Preach To Me" 1947 - uncredited
Cross My Heart 1946 performer: "THAT LITTLE DREAM GOT NOWHERE", "HOW DO YOU DO IT", "LOVE IS THE DARNDEST THING"
Headline Bands 1946 Short performer: "Old Man Mose" - uncredited
The Stork Club 1945 performer: "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" 1945, "If I Had A Dozen Hearts" 1945, "I'm a Square in the Social Circle" 1945, "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" 1905 - uncredited
Hollywood Victory Caravan 1945 Short performer: "Plain Jane Doe" - uncredited
Duffy's Tavern 1945 performer: "Doin' It The Hard Way", "Swinging on a Star"
Incendiary Blonde 1945 performer: "It Had To Be You" 1924, "Ragtime Cowboy Joe", "Oh By Jingo! Oh By Gee, You're the Only Girl For Me" 1919, "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?", "Row, Row, Row" 1912 - uncredited
Here Come the Waves 1944 performer: "There's a Fellow Waiting in Poughkeepsie", "I Promise You", "Come Join the Waves" - uncredited
And the Angels Sing 1944 performer: "HIS ROCKING HORSE RAN AWAY", "BLUEBIRDS IN MY BELFRY", "FOR THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS", "KNOCKING ON YOUR OWN FRONT DOOR"
Happy Go Lucky 1943 performer: "Murder, He Says", "The Fuddy Duddy Watchmaker"
Strictly G.I. 1943 Short performer: "'Murder,' He Says"
Star Spangled Rhythm 1942 performer: "I'm Doing It for Defense"
The Fleet's In 1942 performer: "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry", "Not Mine", "If You Build a Better Mousetrap" - uncredited
One for the Book 1940 Short performer: "Old Man Mose Ain't Dead", "Mr. End Man" - uncredited
Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra 1939 Short performer: "Crazy Rhythm", "Old Man Mose" - uncredited
Public Jitterbug No. 1 1939 Short performer: "Public Jitterbug No. 1", "Obviously the Gentleman Prefers to Dance" - uncredited
Three Kings and a Queen 1939 Short performer: "Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?"
Queens of the Air 1938 Short performer: "Dipsy Doodle"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Betty Hutton Show 1960 TV Series story - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TCM: Twenty Classic Moments 2014 TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Private Screenings 2000 TV Series Herself
American Masters 1990 TV Series documentary Herself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Herself
Juke Box Saturday Night 1983 TV Movie Herself
New York, New York 1978 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1964-1977 TV Series Herself - Co-Host / Herself - Actress / Taped / ...
The Virginia Graham Show 1972 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Talent Scouts 1966 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1964 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Celebrity Game 1964 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Panelist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964 TV Series Herself - Guest
The World's Greatest Showman: The Legend of Cecil B. DeMille 1963 TV Movie documentary Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961 TV Series Herself - Guest
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1961 TV Series Herself - Top Of The Bill
The Juke Box Jury 1959 TV Series Herself
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Herself
The Eddie Fisher Show 1958 TV Series Herself
What's My Line? 1956-1958 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1956-1958 TV Series Herself
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Singers
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956 TV Series Herself
Texaco Star Theatre 1954-1956 TV Series Herself - Singer / Actress / Herself
The Jimmy Durante Show 1955 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Bob Hope Show 1955 TV Series Herself
Strictly G.I. 1943 Short Herself - Guest Star
Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra 1939 Short Herself - Betty Hutton - Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Memorial Tribute
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself - Memorial Tribute
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
American Experience 2006 TV Series documentary Annie Oakley in 'Annie Get Your Gun' (film version)
Great Performances 2003 TV Series Herself
Annie Get Your Gun Intro with Susan Lucci 2000 Video documentary short Annie Oakley
Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star 1996 Video documentary Herself
The Real Las Vegas 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Annie Get Your Gun' (uncredited)
Showbiz Goes to War 1982 TV Movie
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clip from 'Annie Get Your Gun'
Jazz Ball 1956 TV Movie documentary Herself
Moments in Music 1950 Documentary short Herself, edited from: The Stork Club (uncredited)
My Favorite Brunette 1947 Herself - Singing 'Murder, He Says' (uncredited)
Headline Bands 1946 Short Herself - 'Archive footage 'Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra, 1938'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6259 Hollywood Blvd.
1951 Most Popular Female Star Photoplay Awards Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
1944 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress - Comedy or Musical Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951 Gold Medal Picturegoer Awards Best Actress Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

TitleSalary
Spring Reunion (1957) $100,000 + 25% of net
Somebody Loves Me (1952) $5,000 /week
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) $50,000
The Fleet's In (1942) $1,000 /week

#Quote
1 I am not a great singer and I am not a great dancer, but I am a great actress, and nobody ever let me act except [director] Preston Sturges. He believed in me.
2 I was a commodity, like a hot dog. It was like hot dogs and Betty Hutton.
3 I think things are going to go right for me again. I'm not old. I'm old enough, but I photograph young, thank God, and I still have a public. I still get fan mail.
4 I don't even have many friends anymore because I backed away from them. When things went wrong for me I didn't want them to have any part of my trouble.
5 Then the ceiling fell in and the bottom fell out I went into a spin and I started to shout I've been hit. This is it. This is it! I . . T . . . IT!
6 Some kind of fun lasts longer than others.
7 I don't know where it's all going to lead. I have no idea where I'm going. I would just like to be happy.
8 I worked out of desperation. I used to hit fast and run in hopes that people wouldn't realize that I really couldn't do anything.

#Trademark
1 Lisp, breathless voice

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