Betty Hutton Estate Website
This is the web destination authorized and maintained by Miss Hutton's estate. It is the site where you can find some very unique items pertaining to Betty and her career. It is also the site where individuals, organizations, and businesses can make inquiries into the use of Miss Hutton's name and/or likeness for special projects and in advertising. For instance, her estate is the place where you will need to secure final permission to use her songs in movie and ad projects after having checked first with the applicable record company for song availability.
Please direct all E-mail inquiries to:
You can also always send mail to us at our physical mailing address:
The Betty Hutton Estate
P.O. Box 3124, Palm Springs, CA. 92263
Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
"Betty Celebrates Summer" Publicity Photos
This is a rare look at an episode of The Betty Hutton Show in which Betty's Mother (Mabel), her Sister (Marion), and two daughters participate. There was a nasty writers strike on at the time in Hollywood, so Betty took it upon herself to write this episode, which is semi-autbiographical in nature. Unfortunately, it comes as no real surprise that The Betty Hutton Show lasted only one season... This is the episode entitled, "The Flashback Story" that originally aired on April 14, 1960.
This newspaper article was found in the The Pittsburgh Press from October 7, 1945. It shows just how much the troops really thought of Betty...
A wonderful publicty photo of Betty shortly after her arrival in Hollywood, fresh from her engagement in Panama Hattie on Broadway, in New York. The blurb from the back of the photo was meant to be included with the photo for publishing.
and prosperous 2016!
A Heartwarming Story
David McSwain's letter told of the joy of having his 92 year old Mother at his home this Christmas a few days back! It wasn't until they all sat down for dinner that David found out for the very first time from his Mother that his Sister, Betty is named after Betty Hutton! You see, during the war, David's late father was in the Army in the Pacific. He was assigned guard duty for a visiting USO troupe of entertainers where they were being housed. David's Dad would recall how he stood at his post all night in the pouring rain, but in morning the troupe invited him in for breakfast as a gesture of thanks for watching after their safety. Well, that's when David's Dad met Betty Hutton, and it's obviously that Betty made a lasting impression on him! In the coming years, Mr. and Mrs. McSwain named their daughter after Betty Hutton!
Betty Hutton would be so proud to know that what she considered the most important part of her career, entertaining our men overseas during the war, would have such a lasting impact!
Betty Entertains the Troops In Korea
SSgt Allen J. Repashy on our Betty At War page here!
London Palladium, 1948
Betty Hutton's visit to Britain, and her first ever appearance at the London Palladium in 1948, corresponded with the premiere of her film, Dream Girl. Upon appearing at the Palladium, critics described Betty as "a big strong, lively girl, always eager to please" but complained that her voice was so loud "she deafened the first two rows of the auditorium".
The Palladium show contained much of the "lively horseplay" of her American appearances. The London Orchestra, however, was less enthusiastic about Hutton's clowning. One critic described how, after Hutton had leapt on to the back of the conductor, kissing him and sweeping him off his feet, "a look of alarm swept across the faces of the more accessible bandsmen".
rehearsals at the Palladium in London.
Dinah Shore following her first night at the Palladium.
Betty Hutton is pictured dancing with her husband
Ted Briskin, a Chicago businessman, at a night club
supper after her first show at the Palladium.
Third War Bond Tour
On Sept. 27, 1943, The Los Angles Times reported on the return of the Hollywood Bond Cavalcade:
Like a victorious army returning from the wars, the Hollywood Bond Cavalcade came back to Los Angeles yesterday after a three-week tour of the nation which sold $1,709,586,819 in War Bonds, more than double their quota of $500,000,000.
Leaving the red, white and blue special train in Glendale, the actors and actresses were met by a throng of film fans and military and civic leaders.
Obviously tired by the 10,000-mile journey which carried them from San Francisco to Washington and Minneapolis to New Orleans, the stars rallied for a brief appearance before the welcoming throng before leaving for their homes.
Yes, Mommy Dearest!
Joan Crawford just happened to live right down the street from Betty's house, so often times Betty would send her daughters over to the Crawford house for a day of swimming with Christina. Betty told us that she always reminded her daughters NEVER to win if there were any pool races, just to be safe and to spare everyone involved Joan's wrath!
A great old newspaper ad from 1952, announcing the opening of The Greatest Show On Earth at the Plumb Theater in Streator, Illinois. The 1000 seat theater opened in 1883, (originally the Plumb Opera House), and was named after noted native resident, Col. Ralph Plumb. The Plumb, located at 108 S. Vermillion Street in Streator, closed in 1978 due to structural problems, and was demolished in 1979. Below is a newspaper photo showing The Plumb in Streator during the 1940s. Streator is located approximately 81 miles southwest of Chicago in the prairie and farm land of north-central Illinois. According to the 2010 census, the population of Streator was 13,710 people.
A really rare Black & White photo of Betty!
The book is divided into sections that begin with Betty's rise to stardom, the glamor shots, Betty on stage, Betty with other celebrities, her movies, and finally her post Hollywood days of obscurity. This new release is sure to please any Hutton fan! Many of the included photos are previously unreleased and are exclusively from Betty's estate. Below are pictures of the front and back covers of the book. We worked diligently with Amazon to create a photo book that would be of great quality at an affordable price...116 pages, soft glossy laminated cover, 8.5x8.5 inches, $31.95
Betty with Bob Hope in a hilarious scene from the 1943 movie, "Let's Face It". It was a brassy comedy in which a rather loud Betty Hutton competed with Bob Hope for laughs in this wartime comedy of soldiers hired as male companions.
Betty Hutton is seen here in a candid shot, probably shot by a fan, as she was leaving Lucy's El Adobe Cafe in Hollywood, ca: late 1940's. Lucy's is located right across the street from Paramount Studios on Melrose.
Betty Hutton gets a makeup touch-up while on the set of Cross My Heart, 1945.
We recently received a wonderful letter and photos from a woman named Barbara Edwardy in Texas. Barbara's late father-in-law, Bill Edwardy, was a photographer while
serving in the military during WW2. In fact, he took numerous photographs of Betty
when she visited Kimpo, Korea to entertain the troops in 1952. Barbara was kind enough to share with us some of the photos which were taken by Bill Edwardy while he served as the base photographer during Betty's visit to Korea in 1952. Thanks, Barbara, for the great addition to our collection!
The first two photos show photographer , Bill Edwardy (see red circles), as he photographed Betty while she performed on stage.
Production photos from, "Annie Get You Gun".
Betty Hutton causes a near riot at the London Palladium in September of 1949, much to the delight of the Skyrockets dance orchestra and their conductor, Woolf Phillips!
In the photo below, Betty is seen relaxing in her dressing room at Paramount during a lull in filming of the movie, The Stork Club. The photo was taken on May 23, 1945. NOTE: The book she is reading is entitled, Picasso.
Program cover from Billy Rose's Casa Manana - 1938
A Rise To Stardom
The Making of Hollywood's
There are plenty female stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age who can be given top rankings for being superb beauties and memorable actresses; but there were only a few great entertainers who were in the same league with Betty Hutton. Betty had a dynamic energy that transferred well onto stage and screen and did much to calm and entertain war-weary audiences during the 1940's. Betty is well remembered today for her assertive and humorous novelty tunes that showcased her explosive energy, still, her film roles endure as her most permanent legacy. Because of her high spirits, she became known as the "Blonde Bombshell". Her reign at the top of the film world was a brief 11 years (1942-1952). During that time, she made 20 major feature films. At her peak, she was viewed as a national treasure; one of the most beloved stars and biggest box office attractions on the silver screen. Moviegoers in 1950 named her the year’s Best Actress in a Photoplay magazine poll. Variety even named her 1952's number one female box office attraction. Yet, one year later, her career in film was all but over. Due to a dispute with studio bosses over not allowing her second husband to direct her next film, Betty and Paramount abruptly ended their long and extremely prosperous relationship. Hutton continued to work in radio, appeared several times a year in Las Vegas nightclubs, and eventually tried her luck on the new medium of television; still her career never regained its momentum.
An original musical TV spectacular written especially for Betty, Satins and Spurs (1954), was not well received; despite being one of the first television programs televised nationally by NBC in color. In 1959, Betty took a chance by financially backing her own television sitcom, The Betty Hutton Show. The show lasted for only one season. Fortunately, her greatest performances are forever captured on film and continue to delight movie buffs throughout the world today.
Hutton continued singing wherever she could to assist her family financially. By the age of 15, she decided it was time to go to New York and give the big city a try. Told that she'd never make it on the stage, she headed home. After returning to Detroit, at age 16, Betty finally got her big break. It appeared she was on her way to a successful career as a band vocalist when orchestra leader Vincent Lopez spotted the teenager singing in a Detroit nightclub and signed her for $65 a week.
From the early 1940's to the mid 1950's, Betty Hutton was a true Hollywood movie star. Nevertheless, four failed marriages, an inability to manage money, and a reputation for being difficult to work with all eventually took their toll. The final straw for Betty’s short but illustrious career in Hollywood was her disagreement with studio execs that led to walking out on her contract. An unfortunate addiction to prescription drugs quickly descended upon the fallen star.
In the 1970's, with the help of a Rhode Island priest, Betty managed to turn her unhappy personal life around. She went on to earn a college degree from Salve Regina, a Catholic college for women in Newport, Rhode Island. By the late 1980's she was teaching acting to students at Boston's Emerson College.
In 2000, Betty did an hour-long interview for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Private Screenings: Betty Hutton was an intimate portrait, and marked Betty’s first television interview in 20 years. The show seemed to have a magical effect on everyone who saw it; from her loyal fans to people who had never ever heard of Betty Hutton before. Until the time of her death in 2007, whenever Turner reran Betty’s Private Screenings episode, fan mail poured in from around the country with notes of love and respect for the “Blonde Bombshell”. Betty continued to live in quiet retirement in Palm Springs, California until her death on March 11, 2007 at the age of 86.
Betty's Autobiography Is Finally Here
Turner Classic Movie's Robert Osborne introduces Betty's book on TCM after the showing of The Fleet's In.
Betty's Triumphant Return To Michigan
grew up in poverty in several cities within Michigan during the depression, her recollections of the place were not all that good. At one point, with two small children in tow, Betty's mother, a bootlegger, was chased out of Lansing with the police hot on her trail. Now, in 1950, Betty and her mother were arriving in Lansing as local heroes and celebrities! Kind of a Cinderella story... don't you think? For the full story, you will want to read Chapter 13 in Betty's autobiography, "Backstage, You Can Have".
much better than during this stop on the Michigan tour.
screening of, "Let's Dance".
Betty giving some humerous words of wisdom, no doubt, to Mrs. Deborah Jone's class!
Betty gets ready to entertain the students at her Detroit school.
Betty doing what she loved best for the students!
A New York City Tribute In Song To Betty Hutton
This video clip of a New York City Nightclub act playing tribute to Betty (click here) simply can't be missed!
We watched it, and to be perfectly honest, it just goes to show you what an incredible talent Betty Hutton really was!
His Rocking Horse Is Solid Gold
Betty's song His Rocking Horse Ran Away was so successful, musical team Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen had a special jewelry pin created and presented it to Betty in appreciation. It is a rocking horse. From it a chain leads to a little boy who appears to be flying off of his horse. Both rocking horse and boy are pinned separately from each other to appear as if the boy is in flight after having been thrown from the horse. The pin is solid gold and both the horse and boy have diamond eyes.
Battle Creek, MI.
Betty went to school.
Carl Bruno, Executor of the Betty Hutton Estate, and A.C. Lyles of Paramount take a walk on the studio lot after enjoying lunch at the commissary.
Official Betty Hutton
- Commemorative Poster -
created by The Betty Hutton Estate following Betty's death in 2007
Betty At Home In Palm Springs
Executor, Carl Bruno (middle photo) and Michael Mayer.
Satins and Spurs
Satins and Spurs was an original musical about Cindy Smathers (Hutton), a rodeo star who appears at Madison Square Garden in New York City and becomes the subject of a Life magazine photo essay about a country girl in the big city. The photographer at first makes her feel like such a rube but eventually they fall in love and the pictures land Cindy the lead in a Broadway musical. Songs by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston, all sung by Betty Hutton.
This production aired on September 12, 1954. It was the first full-scale musical comedy written especially for television, but was criticized by the media and not well received by the public.
Rare Betty Images
from the 1949 movie,
Red, Hot and Blue!
SOLD AT AUCTION
One, Betty Hutton “Annie Oakley” complete 10-piece Wild West Show costume from Annie Get Your Gun. (MGM, 1950) Judy Garland was scheduled to play “Annie Oakley” in Annie Get Your Gun, and a number of costumes were made for her, but a few weeks into production it was necessary to replace her with Betty Hutton. Complete outfit of cream suede jacket and two skirts adorned with pink and green floral sequins with matching gloves, hat, boots, belt, and green blouse with scarf. Worn by Betty Hutton as “Annie Oakley” in the Wild West show scene in Annie Get Your Gun. Handwritten label “1450.6433 Betty Hutton.” Costumes designed by Helen Rose.
The outfit sold for $11,000.
"Annie Get Your Gun". It had been part of the
Debbie Reynolds costume collection.
The work of art was created by silent film actress, Mary Brian (1906 - 2002), who spent her later years painting. After Mary Brian's death in 2002, the painting was donated to the Hollywood Heritage Museum where it had been on display for several years.
Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken are shown here together in an early photo taken on the Paramount lot. Were they comedic friends or foes? Read about their relationship in Betty's autobiography, Backstage You Can Have!
The Perils Of Pauline
The following photos are of Betty and service men at the Stage Door Canteen. We are assuming it is the New York establishment, due to the fact that the photos say "Stage Door" Canteen. The Canteen in Hollywood was called simply "Hollywood Canteen". All the photos are from 1944. If anyone has any identifying information so we can clarify the location, please write to us!
On March 2, 1942 the New York Stage Door Canteen opened its doors in the basement of the 44th Street Theater. Founded by the American Theatre Wing, the organization that hosts Broadway’s Tony Awards, Stage Door Canteen was open nightly from 6 p.m. to midnight. Admission was free to all servicemen.
Two thousand men filled the tiny 40-foot by 80-foot room each night. The Stage Door Canteen provided a space for millions of Allied servicemen to receive star-treatment―top-notch entertainment, dinner and dancing.
No alcohol was permitted, but on an average night the Canteen served: 2000 sandwiches, 3000 slices of cake or doughnuts, 1000 half pints of milk, 80 gallons of fruit juice and cider, 25 lbs. of candy, 6 crates of fruit and a whopping 5,000 cigarettes.
New York’s Stage Door Canteen was followed by the opening of Stage Door Canteens in Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The Hollywood Canteen opened as an American Theatre Wing affiliate on October 3, 1942.
OK, we now understand the reason you went to the Stage Door Canteen, Betty! I guess you were just doing your job; entertaining the troops...
More Of Betty At War
In The Pacific!
Betty loved being with and entertaining the troops!
Betty with the locals.
Betty receives some hand crafted gifts from the island's people.
Here's A Special Treat!
this 7 minute video segment from an interview done by Hollywood
columnist Mike Connolly in Betty's Los Angeles home in 1955. The complete video is 27 minutes in length.
Here's Lookin' Back
At You Kid!
Betty discusses a scene with one of the production crew during filming of, Cross My Heart, 1945.
Betty looks at production photos with an assistant during the filming of Cross My Heart, 1945.
Betty looks at herself during the early stages of her makeup session for the plantation scene in The Perils Of Pauline, 1947.
The following is a video clip of the Memorial Service held for Betty Hutton at St. Theresa church in Palm Springs on March 23, 2007. A.C. Lyles, long-time Hutton friend and Paramount Studio exec. gave the eulogy. This video clip is small and of less than desirable quality, but it is all here!
A wonderful video clip from It Had To Be You, A Musical Evening with Betty Hutton, starring Crystal Poppell as Betty Hutton. This was a show to benefit For The Children, a Coachella Valley non-profit organization we are members of that assists and mentors foster and adoptive children and their families in and around Palm Springs. The show was taped at the performance on May 17, 2009 at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs, California. The show was presented by The Betty Hutton Estate.
Chats With Betty Hutton
CD containing 68 minutes of previously unpublished chats with Betty
(see below for details)
Impromptu: Chats With Betty Hutton CD is available at Amazon .com
List Price: $34.99
Betty Hutton Estate
Here then are segments from these previously unreleased talks where Betty Hutton gets to speak her mind on a variety of subjects in a candid and often revealing way. Although these audio segments have been professionally enhanced, please keep in mind, they were originally recorded on portable audio equipment. We believe you will agree, these audio segments are invaluable in understanding the true woman behind the legendary Hollywood screen name of, Betty Hutton.
1. All I Want For Christmas... Recorded on
December 23, 2004 - 6:02
2. What A Great Film... Recorded on Dec. 28,
2004 - 8:17
3. A Miracle... Recorded on January 11, 2005 -
4. Stars, Stars, Stars... Recorded on January 29,
2005 - 10:18
5. You Are Never Too Old or Too Rich... Recorded
on February 24, 2005 - 10:45
2005 - 15:00
7. I Remember... Recorded on April 11, 2006 - 7:47
Paramount Theater in New York City sporting a gigantic sign announcing the engagement of the 1952 movie, "Sailor Beware". Betty had an unbilled cameo in the movie as Dean Martin's girlfriend, Hetty Button!
We have had wonderful response from viewers to Betty's WW2 photos! Remember to check out our Betty At War gallery (here).
Watch our video of rare Betty Hutton performance footage!
When February rolls around, it's time once again to celebrate Betty's Birthday! Watch our video made in honor of Betty's Birthday. Betty sang us her now famous opening number at home in Palm Springs on February 26, 2005 (the day of her actual Birthday). That is followed by Betty performing the same song in front of an audience on "Jukebox Saturday Night", 1983.
Hope you all enjoy...
Cake we had made for Betty on her 84th Birthday, February 26, 2005.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars,
February 25, 2013
in 2005! Betty talks casually with friends
Carl Bruno and Mike Mayer.
"No You Can't, Yes I Can"
Betty In Korea
We are extremely sad to report the passing of Betty's dear friend and mentor, Mr. A. C. Lyles from Paramount Studios. A. C. worked at Paramount for three-quarters of a century, rising from mail boy to producer. Most recently he acted as goodwill ambassador at the studio. Mr. Lyles died at home in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, 2013. He was 95.