Betty Hutton Estate Website

 WELCOME

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.


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BettyHuttonEstate@dc.rr.com

 

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This site was first published to the internet on March 1, 2010. We wanted the site up and ready on Betty's birthday, Feb. 26, but we were unable to meet that symbolic deadline. As time goes on, we will be adding much more information about the woman, her life, and her career, so you will want to check back often. In addition, if anyone has anything unique pertaining to Betty and her career that you would personally like to share with our viewers, please E-mail us and tell us about it. As always, we always welcome your questions and comments. We hope you enjoy this, the official site, of actress, Betty Hutton!

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

CURRENT NEWS
December 17, 2017
Betty Hutton colorized photos by Brenda J. Mills.
November 28, 2017

May all your Holiday wishes come true...

November 27, 2017
we always manage a good chuckle when we see this photo taken during the filming of an intimate kitchen table scene being "spied" upon by voyeuristic director, Preston Sturges and his film crew peeking out from behind a disappearing wall panel. Welcome to the sometimes not so magical magic of Hollywood film making! Photo of Betty Hutton, along with Diana Lynn, Eddie Bracken, and William Demarest in the 1944 Paramount movie, The Miracle Of Morgan's Creek. Director Sturges is at the far right in the wall opening.
November 25, 2017
Betty Hutton as seen on the cover of TV Stage magazine, February 1954. It proudly announces, "Bombshell Betty hits TV". It was early hype for her hotly anticipated Satins and Spurs, on NBC, the network's first color "spectacular" slated for September of that same year.
November 09, 2017
Here is a wonderful example of a candid Betty Hutton photograph, complete with attached autograph! The photo looks to be from the mid to late 1940s.
October 28, 2017
We have had the wonderful fortune to meet a woman by the name of Brenda J. Mills. Brenda has been colorizing B&W photos for several years now, and we met after responding to an email question from Brenda when she wrote to ask exactly what color Betty's eyes were (Brenda is a stickler for detail...)!

To make a long story short, Brenda has agreed to colorize some of our very favorite Betty Hutton photos for us. It is our plan to dedicate a  page on this site specifically for colorizations by our new friend, Brenda. Below you can see an example of Brenda's work in colorizing a studio photo of Betty that was taken of her when she first arrived in New York in Lopez' Orchestra (1939).  Brenda uses colors that recreate a look from the 1940s... a remarkable talent!
I know all Hutton fans will agree that Brenda's work is impeccable. Please see our special page of of Betty Hutton colorized photos by Brenda J. Mills here.
Colorized photo © Copyright, Brenda J. Mills, along with, The Betty Hutton Estate.
October 20, 2017
Crowds gather under a marquee advertising Betty Hutton's movie, The Stork Club, directed Hal Walker on New Year's Eve, 1946. Broadway in Times Square, New York City.
October 14, 2017
  Three great photos of a beautiful Betty Hutton at various stages in her Paramount film career.
October 1, 2017
Betty Hutton, along with Victor Moore, in a movie still from the 1942 Paramount movie, Star Spangled Rhythm.
September 27, 2017
On July 14, 2002, Paramount celebrated their 90th Anniversary at the studio in Hollywood. Betty Hutton was invited, but declined that invitation. A few weeks later, friend and mentor, A. C. Lyles sent Betty this touching note and photo of the flower arrangement that Betty sent to the studio for their festivities. The note reads as follows:

August 1, 2002

Dear Betty -

I've called you several times - but no answer. I talked to Carl and told him how much we missed you at our 90th. Your flowers were beautiful. I had them at the front of the commissary so everyone at the studio could see and enjoy. I had the enclosed picture made so you can see, too. I've been out of town - I'll try to reach you again tomorrow - and tell you how many of your friends asked about you at the party. Chuck Heston sends his warmest regards - and said lovely words about you. - Betty, you would have been Queen of the Evening! I missed you most of all! -

Much love - xxx - A.C.

September 11, 2017
Yes, here is a photograph of Betty Hutton and her sister Marion from the 1920s at Park Lake in Bath, Michigan. For those of you familiar with the story, Betty's mother thought that the two girls would benefit from some time in the country. That's when Mother Mable rented a cottage at Park Lake. Shown here are many of the friends the two girls made while living at the lake and going to school there. For more information, you might enjoy reading Chapter 2 of Betty's autobiography, "Backstage You Can Have: My Own Story". Marion Hutton is top row, second from left. Betty is to the right of Marion! Betty wrote "you" on Marion's picture and a difficult to see "me" on her own...
September 5, 2017
Here's a bit of fun! It's something that we are calling, Betty's "Mugshots". So far we have 12 of them. If anyone has any more from the series, please let us know! Check them out here ...
(As of 9/6/2017, we now have 13!)
September 2, 2017
Wonderful photo of a youthful Betty Hutton from her 1939 appearance in the "Old Man Moses" Vitaphone short film with Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra. Betty got her first big break as girl singer with the Lopez Orchestra. Betty was 18 years of age in 1939! The short film shows in its extirety directly below the photo...
Betty Hutton at 18 years of age, in 1939.
September 1, 2017
Betty Hutton on the cover of Screenland, May 1946
August 20, 2017
Betty Hutton and Jerry Lewis
August 16, 2017
Beautiful Betty!
August 6, 2017
Paramount promotional photo of Betty Hutton, 1951.
August 4, 2017
Photo of the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio in 1950 during the run of Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton. The Murphy opened its doors in 1918, and is still in use today for a variety of functions.
May 22, 2017
A rather sultry lobby card for Somebody Loves Me, Betty's 1952 movie, a musical biopic about vaudeville star Blossom Seeley and her husband Benny Fields, co starring Ralph Meeker.
March 30, 2017
When Boris Chaliapin (1904-1979) painted this portrait of Betty Hutton for the April 1950 cover of Time, the spunk and high energy of the twenty-nine-year-old actress were well known, both in and outside of Hollywood. The artist’s challenge was how to corral all of that "unbridled vitality" onto a magazine cover... "Betty’s all-out assault on an audience," reported Time, "is a trademark that she carries in every appearance, public or private." By movie standards, she was not "remarkably pretty . . . nor a remarkably good singer or dancer," but watching her in action was a little like "waiting for a wildly sputtering fuse to touch off an alarmingly large firecracker." She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role as Annie in the film version of Annie Get Your Gun (1950). Moreover, her performance was compared favorably to that of her sensational predecessor for Annie on Broadway, "brassy Ethel Merman."

The National Portrait Gallery collection, Smithsonian Institution;
gift of Mrs. Boris C
haliapina. (Gouache on board, 15 x 13 1/2")
March 29, 2017
Any good self-professed Betty Hutton fan knows all about Betty's stint as chief cook and bottle washer in the rectory of the Catholic church in Portsmouth, Rhode Island during the 1970s and 80s. In addition, most Hutton fans will be happy to express their own personal views on the reasons for, and the effects of, Betty's time spent there. Regardless of anyone's personal thoughts and feeling on the subject, her time at St. Anthony Church ended up being as wonderful and productive a time in Betty's life as her Hollywood career had been, and quite possibly even more so.

After recently going through a stack of Betty materials in our possession that until now have managed to escape our scrutiny, we happened across several photos of Betty taken during her time at St. Anthony Perish Church and Rectory! These photos are all dated May 1980, and are a small but very important time capsule look  into the life and times of Betty! We happily share the best of them here with you!
Betty stands with Father Peter Maguire as he addresses congregation members in St. Anthony Church.
Betty Hutton inside St. Anthony Parish Church, Portmouth, Rhode Island. Looks like Easter Sunday!
Betty signs autographs for some very pleased church members.
March 26, 2017
Betty Hutton as seen on the January 1946 cover of
Movie Stars Parade magazine. You go, Betty!
New stop, Sports Illustrated...

March 24, 2017
Beautiful screen shots of Betty Hutton from The Greatest Show On Earth, 1952. The movie won the Best Picture Oscar for that year, the only Best Picture Oscar ever for Cecil B. DeMille!
March 23, 2017
A behind the scenes photo of Betty Hutton handing out presents to the crew of The Perils Of Pauline, 1947. Knowing Betty as well as we did, that fits exactly with the sort of person she was; generous to a fault! Betty's husband, Ted Briskin behind her. Director of the film, George Marshall in white baseball cap, looking very surprised and very pleased!
Quick Betty, get free! The Perils Of Pauline, 1947.
More fun on set during the filming of,
The Perils Of Pauline
, 1947.

March 21, 2017
Impromptu: Chats With Betty Hutton

IS
A 68 minute CD of Betty Hutton speaking candidly and in retrospect about her life and career after the age of 80

Listen to a sample below...

Betty talks about mentor Buddy DeSylva - Jan 29, 2005.mp3

During the last several years of her life, actress Betty Hutton loved to sit in a rocking chair on the back porch of her Palm Springs, California home. There she would chat away the hours with friend Carl Bruno. Often times these talks would lead to revelations about her life and career. Many of these impromptu talks were taped at Betty's insistence so that a permanent record was able to be made of how she saw things during her days in the Hollywood limelight. 
 
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.


***

 Impromptu: Chats With Betty Hutton  CD is available at Amazon .com
***

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 -
    10:06 

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

6. Palm Springs Heyday... Recorded on March 8,
    2005 - 15:00

7. I Remember... Recorded on April 11, 2006 - 7:47


Impromptu: Chats With Betty Hutton
is published by The Betty Hutton Estate
***

List Price: $34.99

68 minutes, 7 tracks
Betty Hutton Estate

UPC:
885444912511

March 20, 2017
Cover of Life, featuring Betty Hutton along with other famous Hollywood actresses in a story about movie nostalgia,
February 19, 1971 issue.

March 19, 2017
The following two production photos of Betty Hutton were taken during the filming of The Perils Of Pauline, 1947.
March 14, 2017
Two really nice snapshots of Betty, taken backstage at the studio between filming of scenes.
March 10, 2017
We have managed to put together this small collection of candid Betty Hutton photos. These are about as candid as any photo can get of someone with the camera savvy of Betty! Although they are both informal and impromptu, it is somehow difficult to believe that someone as professional as Betty could ever really have a photo taken without their knowledge! Enjoy...
March 9, 2017
The 1950 American musical Technicolor comedy film, Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel will air on TCM- Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:00pm Eastern time, 5:00pm Pacific.
March 7, 2017
   The Private Screenings: Betty Hutton episode from 2000 with Robert Osborne for TCM will air on Saturday evening, March 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm Eastern time on TCM, as part of a 48 hour long tribute to the late, Robert Osborne. For those of you who have never seen Betty's intimate, hour-long interview with Robert, this is your chance!
   In this landmark interview, Betty talked with TCM network host, Robert Osborne, about the best and worst moments of her career, including her experiences on the set of Annie Get Your Gun, and the personal, off-camera troubles that led her to leave the limelight.
   She candidly discusses her failed marriages, her children and her choice to live in seclusion for 25 years. She also speaks of the deep relationship she developed with Father Maguire at the Rhode Island rectory and the personal discoveries she made with his guidance.

   This interview marked Betty's first television appearance in 20 years. Of all the Private Screenings interviews that Robert Osborne did over the years, Betty's interview was reportedly his favorite, due to her complete honesty and willingness to be totally transparent!

Robert speaks on Betty's book, Backstage You Can Have, after the Nov. 4, 2009 showing of "The Fleet's In" on TCM.
March 6, 2017
Gone, But Never Forgotten...
Robert Osborne
May 3, 1932 - March 6, 2017
February 8, 2017
Betty Hutton seen here in a nice 1977 photo taken during an  interview at the Hollywood Hills home of the Executor of her Estate, Carl Bruno.
January 31, 2017
January 25, 2017
January 8, 2017
Today was the perfect 70 degree weather in Palm Springs to go to the cemetery for one of our bi-monthly Sunday afternoon headstone cleaning outings. The water here in the desert comes from far underground and has lots of minerals in it. Therefore, when the grass is watered on a daily basis at the cemetery, bad calcium deposits begins to buildup on the headstones. That is where our diligent cleaning routine comes in to help keep Betty's stone looking good...
When we arrived, Betty's headstone looked pretty dirty.
Someone had left a small happy face stone
to brighten the day!
After a good cleaning, the stone looked 100% better!
We also gave a quick cleaning to Sonny Bono's
nearby stone.

We can't ever visit the cemetery without paying our
respects to "Old Blue Eyes"...

January 7, 2017
The first time we have seen this beautiful Betty Hutton photo in its original and brilliant color! Having the original negative is a good thing... Betty gets a manicure, location and date unknown, but probably early 1950s.
December 17, 2016
A wonderful publicity photo of Betty Hutton, along with Eddie Bracken, in Betty's third movie role, "Happy Go Lucky", 1943.
December 10, 2016
We have added this NEW Betty Hutton tribute video, using all color images of Betty from her movie career at Paramount in Hollywood. Enjoy!
December 1, 2016
The Betty Hutton Estate wishes everyone a
Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
Michigan girl shows that she has what it takes to make it in the snowy weather, 1940s.
A promotional Holiday photo of Betty Hutton, 1940s.
Betty Hutton cold weather publicity photo, 1940s.
Betty Hutton at home in Rhode Island for Christmas, 1980s.
Betty at home in Palm Springs for the Holiday Season, 2006.
November 20, 2016
Betty and her Mother, Mabel in a beautiful color photo that was part of a session taken for a story on Betty and her family life that appeared in Modern Screen Magazine, May 1947.
November 19, 2016
A Betty Hutton fan and Estate Web Page follower recently sent us this 1940s very candid photo that had been autographed by Betty Hutton back in the day...
October 22, 2016
Betty Hutton caught relaxing at home with a new puppy!
September 11, 2016
A breathtakingly beautiful Paramount publicity photo of
Betty Hutton!
August 1, 2016

"Betty Celebrates Summer" Publicity Photos

May 5, 2016
Several beautiful photographs of Betty Hutton that we recently transferred from original negatives and that no one has seen in this same glorious color in many, many years!
May 4, 2016
A stunningly beautiful photo of Betty Hutton!
April 14, 2016
Hollywood Victory Caravan was a short subject produced by Paramount and released in 1945. It was basically a 20 minute piece of WWII propaganda designed to sell war bonds. DON'T WORRY - If you just want to see the part with Betty Hutton, it shows very early in the video. The views of Paramount Studio's main gate (Bronson Gate from way back then are also well worth the watch! See the original poster below for a list of all the Stars in the production!

April 13, 2016
A beautiful color photo of Betty from the early days of her film career in Hollywood.
April 8, 2016
Two great photos of Betty, taken at various stages in her career! The first is a signed head-shot of Betty when she was quite young. The second is a photo of Betty, without makeup, taking a phone call in a rather primitive recording studio. 
April 6, 2016
A really nice promotional photo of Betty Hutton from her very early start in show business in New York City.
March 22, 2016
Two really fine photos of Betty Hutton from the mid 1950s taken during a performance at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. After Betty's movie career at Paramount came to an abrupt end, she took to playing various nightclubs and theater engagements throughout the United States and Europe, where she managed to packed the houses! Later, Betty tried her hand in television.
March 14, 2016
Listen to Carl Bruno, executor of The Betty Hutton Estate, speak on a local Palm Springs TV talk program about the life and career of Betty Hutton shortly after her death.The program was Conversations With Gloria Greer. She got her start as an interviewer in Los Angeles. She began covering Coachella Valley events for the trade publication, Variety, in 1961. For more than 50 years, Greer was a reporter, editor, talk show hostess and publisher in multiple desert media. She became an iconic Coachella Valley figure by covering the celebrities of the desert. Before her death served as society editor for Palm Springs Life magazine. This program about Betty Hutton originally aired on April 4, 2007.
March 13, 2016
What a wonderful candid photo of Betty Hutton! If we had to pick just one photo that showed Betty just as she was at the height of her fame; not Betty Hutton the movie star, but Betty as she most likely saw herself and others close to her saw her, it would have to be this one, freckles and all! Date and location unknown, most likely late 1940s - early 1950s.
March 4, 2016
The Betty Hutton Estate is pleased to share with you the video of Betty's Memorial Service, held 12 days after her death, on March 23, 2007. The video has been reworked to eliminate much of the religious content and to leave the tribute parts of the program intact. The video opens with Betty's own music playing in the background. Carl Bruno, Executor of the Betty Hutton Estate reads several letters sent to Betty Hutton from WW2 servicemen long after the War that were precious to her. A.C. Lyles (since deceased), Paramount Studio Executive from Hollywood remembers Betty Hutton with candor and humor. And finally, Southern California's iconic gay cabaret entertainer, Rudy de la Mor (since deceased) gets the "congregation" together to sing, "There's No Business, Like Show Business", with one last standing ovation for Betty Hutton!

February 28, 2016
Have a look at the newest addition to our Betty Hutton video collection, Betty's appearance on The Nat 'King' Cole Show. The episode originally aired on December 3, 1957. Such great fun!
February 27, 2016
Betty Hutton was always larger than life! A photo from The Greatest Show On Earth and Betty's graduation from Salve Regina in Rhode Island. Years apart, but still the same wonderful spirit...
February 24, 2016
Friday, February 26th is Betty Hutton's Birthday! Betty would have been 95 this year... We miss and love you Betty!
Betty's mother, Mabel Hutton, presents Betty with a Birthday cake. Year uncertain, but appears to be late 1940s.
February 19, 2016

 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-autobiographical 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.

February 9, 2016
This is a video that we, the Betty Hutton Estate, put together in 2009 to use during Book Signing events (Betty's autobiography). The purpose was to refresh the memory of Betty fans as well as to inform potential new fans about the life and career of Betty. The video, although rather basic in quality and content, was very well received by those who saw it. We guess Betty had a lot to do with that!
February 3, 2016
Here's one we haven't even seen before! This is a movie still. Can you guess the movie? Ok, give up... The Perils of Pauline, 1947. Makes sense, right? This is a Bud Fraker photo. Fraker was the "official" Paramount photographer for the studio at the time. He was really good at what he did. Some of Betty's finest photos were taken by Bud Fraker. I think we have now found our official Halloween photo!
Entertainer, Jack Benny gives Betty Hutton a violin lesson.
January 31, 2016
Betty is seen here doing what she enjoyed doing BEST ... entertaining! In this photo, Betty thrilled thousands of applauding sailors when she went into her song and dance; only one of the many acts presented as part of her USO Camp Show #370 at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor, Oct. 24, 1944

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...

January 19, 2016

 A wonderful publicity 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.

A Rise To Stardom

The Making of Hollywood's

"Blonde Bombshell"


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.

Betty was known as the "Blonde Bombshell" because of her bombastic style and personality. Betty Hutton died at home in Palm Springs, Ca. on March 11, 2007 at the age of 86.

   Betty was born Betty June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, in Battle Creek Michigan. Her father, a railroad worker, abandoned the family shortly after Betty was born. In order to support her two daughters, mother Mabel began to bootleg; running several successful speakeasies during the Prohibition Era. When she was only three, Betty and her older sister, Marion, began singing for the patrons. Their family situation was made even worse by the Great Depression and by Mabel’s growing dependence on alcohol. Trouble with police kept the family on the move. Eventually they ended up in Detroit, virtually penniless, before Mrs. Thornburg became employed for a brief time at an auto assembly plant.

   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. 

   Betty soon began making a name for herself in the entertainment world. During 1939,  she appeared in several movie musical shorts and  in  1940 she  left Lopez  for  a role in the Broadway musical  revue, Two For The  Show.   Soon after, producer B.G. DeSylva signed  her for a part in his Broadway musical, Panama Hattie. When DeSylva took over the production reins at Paramount studios in late 1941, he promised to take Betty along to Hollywood. There she got her first featured role in the movie musical, The Fleet's In (1942), along with Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, and Eddie Bracken. With guidance from Buddy DeSylva, Betty was instantly on her way to a successful film career in Hollywood.

   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 at her glamorous best!
Betty Hutton is shown here in an MGM studio photo for Annie Get Your Gun, 1950. She was 29 years old.
Betty shows off the newly released video tape of  her movie, "Annie Get Your Gun" - April 4, 2001 at home in Palm Springs.
Betty seen here in a publicity photo for "Annie Get You Gun". 1950
Betty's smile had a way of lighting up her entire face; something that transferred well onto film and made a theater audience instantly adore her. Photo from on the set of Red, Hot and Blue, 1949.
The lovely Betty we all remember!

 

Betty's Autobiography Is Finally Here

Betty Hutton was the top grossing female star at Paramount during much of the 1940s. At the top of her career, she was one of the most celebrated actresses in Hollywood, starring in such movies as "Annie Get Your Gun" and "The Greatest Show On Earth". Without warning, her career and world collapsed virtually overnight. Betty's tumultuous childhood came back to haunt her, and along with it, an addiction to prescription pills that almost ended her life. Betty disappeared from the public eye, until in 1974, when she was discovered living with and caring for priests in a Catholic rectory in Rhode Island. Interest in her and her life returned to the forefront. She began writing this book in 1970, as a means to explain the chain of events that led to her downfall. Sadly, she never finished writing it. After her death in 2007, the Betty Hutton Estate picked up where she left off, and has finally completed her book. Almost 40 years after it was first started, Betty's real story is ready to be told! Includes 70 photos... The book is for sale exclusively online at Amazon.com.

Cover of "Backstage You Can Have: My Own Story" by
Betty Hutton
Executor, Carl Bruno (left), of the Betty Hutton Estate and co-author of "Backstage You Can Have" and co-author Michael Mayer speak at a book signing held at the Rancho Mirage, Ca. library on November 17, 2009.

Turner Classic Movie's Robert Osborne introduces Betty's book on TCM after the showing of The Fleet's In.

Executor, Carl Bruno (left), of the Betty Hutton Estate and co-author of "Backstage You Can Have" and co-author Michael Mayer speak at a book signing held at the Rancho Mirage, Ca. library on November 17, 2009.
As of August 2014, there is a new, Third Edition of Betty Hutton's autobiography, Backstage You Can Have. This edition has a total of 142 photos, twice the number of photos of any previous edition of the book! Same great story, newly enhanced... Check the new edition out at Amazon.com.
We are very pleased to announce the release of a new photo book on Betty and her career, called, The Betty Hutton Scrapbook: A Tribute To Hollywood's Blonde Bombshell. The final draft of this 116 page book has been in the works for quite some time. The new picture book, which contains both color and B&W photos, is available currently only through Amazon.com. Please click here to go directly to the book's Amazon.com page!
    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

"Let's Dance"

Betty's Triumphant Return To Michigan

One of the most interesting periods during Betty's Hollywood days has to be her return to Michigan in 1950 for the opening of her film, "Let's Dance", with Fred Astaire. Why so interesting? Well, since Betty 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".

 

Amazing! Photos from Betty's career just don't get
much better than during this stop on the Michigan tour.


Betty and her Mother are introduced by Michigan Governor Williams at a lunchon given by, "The Red Stocking", a local charity in Lansing.

The Mayor of Lansing accompanied Betty to the house she lived in as a child, complete with a plaque placed by The Lansing Historical Society.

Betty and her Mother, Mabel, argue about where things used to be placed in their old Lansing home, while tenant Larry Maisel looks on in amusement (or quite possibly in amazement).

 Betty is shown here in front of the theater in Lansing, Michigan where "Let's Dance" had its world premiere!

Pure Hutton glamor!

Warming up the audience... Betty and her mother, Mabel, on-stage in Lansing prior to the very first public
screening of, "Let's Dance".

Hutton fans mobbed Detroit's, Grinnell Music Co. store where Betty went to sign autographs. She even staged an impromptu show for fans from a counter top!

 Betty saying hello to her Foch Intermediate school, (Detroit) math teacher, Mrs. Deborah Jones (Nov. 24, 1950).

Betty's seat in the classroom of Mrs. Deborah Jones.

       Betty giving some humorous words of wisdom, no doubt, to Mrs. Deborah Jone's class!

  OK, Betty, cheating from the smart kid is NOT ALLOWED!

Betty gets ready to entertain the students at her Detroit school.          

One of our very favorite photos of Betty here at BettyHuttonEstate.com,
Betty doing what she loved best for the students!


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.

 Where it all began...
The house Betty Hutton was born in, No.12 Stone Avenue
Battle Creek, MI
.

Foch Intermediate School in Detroit, Michigan where
Betty went to school.


Betty in New York City, around 1939. (Vincent Lopez era).

Where Betty's meteoric rise to fame all began... Paramount!

 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.

People lined up and waiting to be discovered at Paramount's main gate in the good old days of Hollywood's studio system.

Official Betty Hutton 

- Commemorative Poster -

created by The Betty Hutton Estate following Betty's death in 2007

 Remembering Dear

Betty

This is the last photo ever taken of Betty Hutton, January 2007.

Flowers adorned Betty's Hollywood star hours after her death was officially announced by her estate.

Betty's star, as it appears today on Hollywood Blvd. in LA.

Headstone at Betty's grave-site, adorned with "pennies from heaven" left by adoring fans - Cathedral City, California

Betty At Home In Palm Springs

Betty at home in Palm Springs (early 2002) with Estate
Executor, Carl Bruno (middle photo) and Michael Mayer.

Satins and Spurs

The following photos are from the Betty Hutton 1954 live NBC Color Spectacular, "Satins and Spurs". This was the first color SPECTACULAR for NBC and much hullabaloo surrounded the telecast. This program inaugurated NBC's Brooklyn Color Studio 1, a former Warner Brothers East Coast film sound stage.

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!

Classic comedy images and a few production photos of Betty Hutton as Yum-Yum Collier in Red, Hot and Blue, 1949.
Betty and Eddie

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 next four Betty Hutton images from the 1947 film, The Perils of Pauline! show Betty with actor, John Lund, film director, George Marshall, and comic genius, Billy DeWolfe.
Betty at The Stage Door Canteen

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 Theater 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!

Johnston Atoll, a United States territory, is a remote group of islands covering 50 square miles.  Chief among them is Johnston Island, with its now abandoned military base.  In 1926, an executive order established Johnston Atoll as a federal bird refuge, but control was transferred to the U.S. Navy in 1934 and the impressive runway still seen today was established.  Soon after, the former wildlife reserve became a nuclear weapons test site.

Johnston Island is one large airstrip in the Pacific!

This photo and the following two are of Betty and troupe on an unidentified island in the Pacific. Anyone with information as to which island this might be, please email us!

 Betty with the locals.

 Betty receives some hand crafted gifts from the island's people.

 Here's A Special Treat!

Watch 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.

MEMORIAL VIDEO

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!

WATCH THIS...

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.

Sailor Beware

Paramount Theater in New York City sporting  a gigantic sign announcing the engagement of the 1952 movie, "Sailor Beware". Betty had an un-billed cameo in the movie as Dean Martin's girlfriend, Hetty Button!

 BETTY AT WAR!

We have had wonderful response from viewers to Betty's WW2 photos! Remember to check out our Betty At War gallery (here).

Greatest Show On Earth
View this amateur video footage taken during the Greatest Show On Earth circus parade in Sarasota, Florida in 1952. Shots of Betty on a float are toward the end. The parade was filmed and used in the movie, The Greatest Show On Earth.

Watch our video of rare Betty Hutton performance footage!

This is a video we made a few years back with some rare footage that was sent to us over the years by various Hutton fans who shot the actual clips as Betty was performing! Some of the video is from the Palace Theater in NYC. There is also footage of Betty with then husband, Alan Livingston, in Las Vegas. We believe the video with her husband to be the evening of November 9, 1954 when she announced her "retirement" from show business at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. The look on her face is all telling...
Happy Birthday, Betty

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.

Betty's Star Being Installed on the  
Palm Springs Walk of Stars,

February 25, 2013
A first look at Betty's new star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Palm Canyon Dr. in Downtown Palm Springs as it is being installed on the sidewalk on Monday, February 25, 2013.  

A closer look at Betty's new star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Palm Canyon Dr. in Downtown Palm Springs as it is being installed.

The star is located directly across the street from the historic Plaza Theater on Palm Canyon Dr. Betty's star is located right next to Loretta Young's star.
Betty's Star Ceremony,
February 26, 2013
Betty's Star Installation Ceremony on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars took place at 11:00am on February 26, 2013. The star dedication was coordinated with Betty's 92nd birthday. It started out as a cool morning, but temperatures quickly climbed into the mid 70s under a bright Southern California sun. Everyone in attendance was able to fully enjoy the ceremony as they relaxed in the warm sun on the sidewalk where the star was unveiled. For additional pictures from the event, please see the Betty Star Ceremony page. It was indeed a special day for all who attended!

Betty's new star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Palm Canyon Dr. in Downtown Palm Springs at is looked immediately after being unveiled on Monday, February 26, 2013.

"Can't Stop..."
Watch the wonderful and talented Broadway actress Audra McDonald sing Betty's song, "Can't Stop Talkin' About Him" for the President and Mrs. Obama at the White House. We have had the pleasure to see her perform several times in New York and are so happy that she is taking on one of Betty's novelty tunes. She does one extraordinary job in our opinion!!

Betty On Her Birthday
Listen to Betty speak on the occasion of her 84th Birthday
in 2005! Betty talks casually
with friends
Carl Bruno and Mike Mayer
.
(NOTE: At the time, Betty was in an assisted living facility due to a broken arm from a fall. Betty makes reference to a man from the front desk who wants cake. He is from the main office in the care facility.)

 "No You Can't, Yes I Can"

Have a look at this Charter Communications commercial that was completed in August of 2012, using a clip of Betty Hutton in Annie Get Your Gun. We think it is a fun ad because it is fits right in with Betty's sense of humor!

 Betty In Korea

The Betty Hutton Estate has been gifted with a very special scrapbook that was compiled for Betty following her USO camp tour to Japan and Korea in February and March of 1952. The book was compiled by artist, Ted Sally. The scrapbook includes certificates, letters, photos, and additional memorabilia, all in 27 jam-packed pages. The book is a whopping two feet high, by 20 inches wide (see below). There are several photos missing, but not enough to be detrimental to the entire book. This is in relatively good condition for being 60+ years old. If you would like to see all the pages from the scrapbook, click here.


A.C. Lyles

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.

Betty in 2005
Betty is seen here on the occasion of her 84th Birthday in Palm Springs, 2005.
Casa Manana
It can probably be said that Betty Hutton was truly discovered at Billy Rose's Casa Manana in Manhattan. Lopez's orchestra was playing there in 1938, and Betty Hutton was Vincent Lopez's girl singer at that time. Betty "accidentally" brought the house down when performing as a fill-in for an act that was a no-show. Billy Rose agreed to put Betty on the stage by herself that evening, and all evenings after that. That was the beginning of Betty's notoriety in New York City. Her appearances at the Casa Manana led directly to a part in the Broadway show, Panama Hattie!

Program cover from Billy Rose's Casa Manana - 1938
From within the pages of the Casa Manana program - showing Betty Hutton as one of the headliner performers.
Betty Hutton and Vincent Lopez at Billy Rose's Casa Manana.
Betty's Song in TV Ad
Really fun 2014 Travelodge, UK commercial using Betty's "It's Oh So Quiet" song in a new advertising campaign!

"Somebody" In Chicago
A really fine color photo showing Betty Hutton arriving at the Chicago Theater for the Chicago, IL premiere of Somebody Loves Me. Betty arrived in Chicago from the West Coast on Thursday, Sept. 4, 1952. The next day, on Friday, Sept. 5, 1952, a parade was held thru the downtown loop, and the entourage arrived at the theater for the premiere showing. For more information, see the Chicago newspaper article below, dated Sept. 6, 1952.

Not So Quiet?

Watch this new video that we now add to the increasingly long list of international TV commercials using a Betty Hutton song in their content. This one was done recently for Ikea Canada! Enjoy...
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.
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.
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!
A really fine photo of Betty, taken in 1938 at Billy Rose's Casa Manana in Manhattan. The caption on the Associated Press photo states, New York, Oct. 29 - Flat feet? Phooey, says jitterbug queen! Miss Betty Hutton, 17, of Detroit, who's been singing and doing jitterbug dances every night since last January in a Manhattan nightclub, took exception last night to statements of Dr. Edward Ward of Saginaw, Mich., that the modern dance hysteria will pay its adherents in broken down feet and thick ankles.

Photos From Korea

We received a wonderful letter and photos from a woman by the name of 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.

The following 8 photos of Betty were taken by photographer, Bill Edwardy, in Korea in 1952.

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".

Newspaper article from August 22, 1948.
Betty Hutton and husband, Ted Briskin together on the deck of the Queen Mary as the great ocean liner prepares to dock at Southampton, England on Sept. 6, 1948.
Betty Hutton is pictured drinking a cup of tea during
rehearsals at the Palladium in London.
Betty Hutton receives a congratulatory hug from friend,
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.

Entertaining In Korea

We received a letter from the proud son of a Marine who was stationed in Korea when Betty was there to entertain the troops.  SSgt Allen J. Repashy was with the 1st Marines when he snapped these photos of a joyful Betty Hutton, doing what she did best for our guys overseas. A big thank you to Allen Repashy for thinking of The Betty Hutton Estate when deciding to share his Dad's wonderful photos! See all the new photos posted from
SSgt Allen J. Repashy on our Betty At War page here !
The troops of the First Marine Division file into The Montezuma Bowl, a naturally formed outdoor amphitheater, to await the arrival of La Hutton.
Look at the turn out! We know for sure that it made Betty proud to be able to do her part to bring a bit of home to our troops on foreign soil...
There she is! Betty Hutton  arrives on stage and, as usual, she has the service men hanging in the trees!

 

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