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Also Known As: Died: March 12, 2007
Born: February 26, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Battle Creek, Michigan Profession: Cast ...
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1923:
Mother moved with daughters to Detroit where she worked in an automobile factory and operated a speakeasy after husband's desertion (date approximate)
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Began career dancing on tabletops with her sister at her mother's bootleg bar in Lansing, Michigan at age three
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Got first professional job as a singer at a Michigan summer resort at age 13; worked with a local band composed of high school students
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Made brief, unsuccessful trip to New York to break into show business at age 15
1937:
Discovered by bandleader Vincent Lopez, singing at a Detroit nightclub; hired as vocalist with Lopez's band at $65 at week; used name of Betty Darling on tour (had previously been billed as Betty Jane Boyar)
1938:
Sister became a vocalist with the Glenn Miller band; both sisters changed their last name to Hutton
1938:
Professional singing debut with the Lopez band at Billy Rose's Casa Manana Club in Manhattan
1939:
Recording debut on Bluebird Records doing vocals with Vincent Lopez's band on "Igloo" and "The Jitterbug" and a duet with Sonny Shuyler on "Concert in the Park"
1939:
Screen debut in Vitaphone short, "Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra"; also appeared with Hal Sherman in Vitaphone short, "One For the Book" (1939) and with Hal LeRoy in "Public Jitterbug No. 1" (1939)
1939:
Made first short for Paramount, "Three Kings and a Queen"
1939:
Performed on Vincent Lopez's NBC radio program; toured vaudeville circuit with bandleader
1940:
Left Lopez's band; Broadway stage debut in revue, "Two For the Show"
1940:
Featured in the Cole Porter Broadway musical "Panama Hattie", starring Ethel Merman
1942:
Hired at $1,000 a week by "Panama Hattie" producer B G 'Buddy' DeSylva to make feature debut in Paramount musical, "The Fleet's In"
1942:
Named Star of Tomorrow by the MOTION PICTURE HERALD exhibitors' poll
1942:
Landed a comedy and singing job on radio's "The Bob Hope Show" (date approximate)
1943:
Became one of the first performers to be signed by songwriter Johnny Mercer for the newly formed Capitol Records
1944:
Appeared in first non-singing role, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek", directed by Preston Sturges
1944:
Renegotiated new contract with Paramount at $5,000 a week
1944:
Toured vaudeville circuit
1944:
Embarked on a two-month USO tour of the South Pacific
1945:
Starred in first dramatic role as Texas Guinan in "Incendiary Blonde"
1950:
Signed with RCA Victor records
1950:
Replaced an ailing Judy Garland as Annie Oakley in the film version of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun"
1952:
Played the trapeze artist in Cecil B DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth"
1952:
After successful vaudeville engagement at the Palace Theatre in New York, underwent throat surgery and had to retrain her voice
1952:
Walked out of her Paramount contract (a year before it expired) when the studio refused to allow her husband Charles O'Curran to direct her vehicle "Topsy and Eva"; film was never made
1952:
Turned to successful vaudeville career
1953:
Returned to Capitol Records
1954:
TV debut as the star of the musical special, "Satins and Spurs" (NBC)
1954:
Announced retirement as a result of failure of TV special
1957:
Returned to film with "Spring Reunion" (her last film to date)
1959:
Starred as a manicurist on short-lived CBS sitcom, "Goldie" (retitled "The Betty Hutton Show")
1962:
Toured in a summer production of "Gypsy"
1964:
Returned to Broadway as Carol Burnett's replacement for one week in the musical, "Fade Out, Fade In"
1967:
Filed for bankruptcy
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Moved into St Anthony's Rectory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island after entering a detox program; worked as a housekeeper--cooking, washing dishes and making beds at rectory; converted to Catholicism in the mid-1970s
1975:
Briefly resumed nightclub career
1976:
Made guest appearance on the ABC detective series "Baretta"
1978:
Hired to greet people at the door of a jai-alai playing field and establishment in Connecticut
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Returned to Rhode Island to live
1981:
Returned to Broadway for two weeks playing Miss Hannigan in the hit musical "Annie"
1986:
Named a member of the faculty of Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island, teaching motion picture and TV classes
1988:
Collapsed while teaching; diagnosed with Epstein-Barr syndrome
2000:
Gave first major TV interview in nearly 20 years to Robert Osborne for the American Movie Classics series "Private Screenings"

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