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
Hanson had initially been in the Texas Air National Guard which was activated for federal service in Oct. 1950 and sent to Korea a few short months later. Sgt. John H. Hanson was stationed in Taegu, in southeastern South Korea. During his stint in South Korea, Sgt. Hanson became one of the fortunate service men to experience a live performance by Betty Hutton who came to entertain the troops near Taegu. At the time, Hanson managed to take a series of photographs during the show, and those photos have fortunately survived the years. Sgt. Hanson’s son Eric was kind to contact us and has been very generous in forwarding those same photos to us. We have included several of them here for you to enjoy.
It is very important to state that Betty constantly told us that of everything she did during her career, her interactions with and the joy she was able to impart to our stationed troops was the MOST important and rewarding thing that she ever did! We thank you, Sgt. John H. Hanson and Miss Betty Hutton for your service…
Incidentally, today, Taegu, also spelled Daegu, is a metropolitan city of over two and one half million people, making it one of South Korea's largest urban areas.
June 11, 2023
Gail purchased a copy of Betty Hutton in Retrospect: A Collection Of Her Finest Memorabilia from us here on the website a few weeks back. At that time I told Gail what a special place Betty thought Hawaii was and also how particularly fond she had been of the Halekulani hotel on the beach in Waikiki. Betty's favorite part about the hotel was sitting (incognito) on the lanai overlooking the ocean at sunset and enjoying a Mai-Tai. Gail promised that she would try her best to get to the hotel within the coming days, book in hand and enjoy for herself a Mai-Tai on the lanai in Betty's honor.
Our great thanks to Gail for taking three very special photos for us to post and share here on the Betty Hutton Estate website. Little did we realize that the main color of the book is exactly the same color as the Halekulani drink menu (see above photo). The drink looks simply amazing and the flower lei adds that perfect Hawaiian touch! The next round of drinks is on us, Gail... so please keep that sofa open and ready!
May 19, 2023
The American Weekly Sunday newspaper supplement with "pin-up" girl, Betty Hutton gracing its cover from the week of Sept. 22, 1946. Betty's image is No.6 in an obvious continuing series of Greek themed Pin-Up Girls of History for the periodical, as seen through the eyes of artist Henry Clive. Clive came to Hollywood in the early 1920's and began painting Ziegfeld Girls, then big stars such as Gloria Swanson and Pola Negri for promotional campaigns. He was also art director for Charlie Chaplin productions and even played a villain in the Chaplin masterpiece, City Lights. So, although this cover seems rather dated for 1946, one needs to remember Clive's early beginnings in Hollywood and the way movie art was perceived in those early days. Nevertheless, by 1946 Betty was well on in her career, already on her 11th major movie by this time, and had already become a major talent at Paramount and recognized as such in all Hollywood circles.
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Betty and Kaye.mp3
Betty Hutton seen here with Don Ameche on the March 31, 1964 episode of The Greatest Show on Earth television program. GSOE was an American drama TV series about the American circus which starred Jack Palance and featured different weekly guest stars. The series aired on ABC from Sept. 17, 1963, to April 28, 1964, and was produced by Desilu.The Greatest Show on Earth faced stiff competition from two comedy programs on CBS: Petticoat Junction and the long-running The Jack Benny Program. NBC aired The Richard Boone Show at the same 9 p.m. Tuesday slot. The Greatest Show on Earth series was canceled after only one season.
April 15, 2021
December 29, 2020
Wishing everyone a more kind and gentle 2021!
December 20, 2020
August 23, 2020
July 26, 2020
June 3, 2020
May 22, 2020
Yet another stunning photo of the beautiful Betty Hutton!
January 25, 2020
January 24, 2020
January 12, 2020
November 28, 2019
The Great Sounds Radio Program - Featuring, Betty Hutton, with host Ray Otis, Aug. 20, 1988 - Track 01.mp3
The Great Sounds Radio Program - Featuring, Betty Hutton, with host Ray Otis, Aug. 20, 1988 - Track 02.mp3
May 17, 2018
Photo of an apparently happy Betty Hutton, along with her 4th and final husband, Pete Candoli, performing together in London on April 22, 1961.
May all your Holiday wishes come true...
A Rise To Stardom
The Making of Hollywood's
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.
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's Triumphant Return To Michigan
much better than during this stop on the Michigan tour.
screening of, "Let's Dance".
Betty giving some humorous 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!
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Not So Quiet?
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
The first two photos show photographer , Bill Edwardy (see red circles), as he photographed Betty while she performed on stage.
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.
Ted Briskin, a Chicago businessman, at a night club
Entertaining In Korea
SSgt Allen J. Repashy on our Betty At War page here !
The Flashback Story
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.
"Betty Celebrates Summer" Publicity Photos
Preserved In Time...
February 19, 1971 issue.
Private Screenings: Betty HuttonIn this landmark interview from 2000, 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
Betty candidly discussed her failed marriages, her children and her choice to live in seclusion for 25 years. She also spoke of the deep relationship she developed with Father Maguire at the Rhode Island rectory and the personal discoveries she made with his guidance.
This Private Screenings 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 her willingness to be totally transparent!
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.
(As of 9/6/2017, we now have 13!)