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Also Known As: Helen Schroeder Died: September 26, 1966
Born: August 4, 1903 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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The woman best-known as the inspiration for the cartoon character Betty Boop was also a star in her own right. The tiny, plump Brooklynite was playing vaudeville with the Marx Brothers by the early 1920s, and skyrocketed to stardom in 1928 while singing at the Paramount in Times Square. Interpolating the scat lyrics "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" into the song "I Want to Be Loved By You", Kane invented a whole new style of baby-voiced singing which epitomized the endearing silliness of the Roaring 20s.

The woman best-known as the inspiration for the cartoon character Betty Boop was also a star in her own right. The tiny, plump Brooklynite was playing vaudeville with the Marx Brothers by the early 1920s, and skyrocketed to stardom in 1928 while singing at the Paramount in Times Square. Interpolating the scat lyrics "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" into the song "I Want to Be Loved By You", Kane invented a whole new style of baby-voiced singing which epitomized the endearing silliness of the Roaring 20s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dangerous Nan McGrew (1930) Dangerous Nan McGrew
2.
 Heads Up (1930) Betty Trumbull
3.
 Pointed Heels (1929) Dot Nixon
4.
 Sweetie (1929) Helen Fry
5.
 Nothing But the Truth (1929) Mabel Jackson
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1918:
Stage debut in vaudeville
1921:
Played the Palace for the first time
1928:
Became a star singing at the Paramount in Times Square
1929:
Signed with Paramount, made six films (first was "Nothing But the Truth", last was "Heads Up!")
1932:
Filed suit against Fleischer Studios (lost suit in 1934)
1935:
Retired from show business
1950:
Made comeback
1956:
Played the Palace again
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Notes

On the origin of Boop-Boop-a-Doop: "I just put it in at one of the rehearsals. A sort of interlude. It's hard to explain--I haven't explained it to myself yet. It's like vo-de-o-do, Crosby with boo-boo-boo or Durante with cha-cha-cha." --Helen Kane, quoted in 1930s newspaper interview

On her retirement: "I was tired worn out, and I quit. I could have gone on ... I worked too hard until I knocked myself out. It was crazy ... I was rich but I wasn't having any fun. Before I was famous I always had a good time." --Helen Kane, quoted in 1950s newspaper interview

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husband:
Joseph Kane. Department store buyer. Briefly married in mid-1920s.
husband:
Max Hoffman Jr. Actor. Son of dancer Gertrude Hoffman; married February 1, 1933.
husband:
Daniel Healy. Restaurateur, singer. Married 1939 till her death.

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brother:
Louis Schroeder.

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