Betty Boop History

Celebrity Q&A
on April 7, 2013
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What year did Betty Boop debut, and who was her voice?
—Betty Nielsen, Lakeport, Calif.

Pioneer cartoon animator Max Fleischer introduced Betty Boop as an anthropomorphic French poodle in 1930 in the cartoon short “Dizzy Dishes.” He transformed her into a person in the 1932 cartoon “Any Rags.” Margie Hines provided Betty’s original voice, but it’s the vocals of Mae Questel that most fans recognize as the “boop-oop-a-doop” flapper girl. The actress supplied Boop’s voice in 150 animated shorts between 1931 and 1939. Questel, who died in 1998 at age 89, was also the voice of Olive Oyl in the “Popeye” cartoons for many years.

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