Betty Hutton

Betty Hutton

Best remembered by the public for her roles as energetic brassy sassy blonds.

Daughter Caroline Candoli born June 19, 1962.

Daughter, Carolyn, with Pete Candoli.

Daughters with Briskin: Lindsay Briskin, born November 23, 1946 and Candice "Candy" Briskin born April 15, 1948.

Energetic, "blonde bombshell" actress-singer of the 1940s.

Her marriages to manufacturer Ted Briskin, dance director Charles O'Curran, recording company executive Alan Livingston and jazz-man Pete Candoli all ended in divorce.

Her one big musical number in the Broadway show "Panama Hattie" was cut just before opening night by orders of star Ethel Merman. Hutton was so upset, the show's producer Buddy G. DeSylva promised to make her a star in movies at Paramount and he kept his word. The incident was later used in both the book and film Valley of the Dolls (1967).

In 1974, began work as a cook and housekeeper in a Rhode Island rectory.

None of her daughters attended her funeral.

Prior to her first feature film role, she appeared, in 1939, in a number of musical short subjects for Vitaphone, filmed in New York. These included: One for the Book (1940) with Hal Sherman; Public Jitterbug No. 1 (1939) with Chaz Chase, Hal Le Roy and Emerson's Sextette; and Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra (1939). Also, Paramount featured her in a one-reeler, Three Kings and a Queen (1939).

Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]

Reportedly did not get along with Annie Get Your Gun (1950) co-star Howard Keel. He thought she cared more about her career than her co-stars.

She became a devout Catholic after a stay in a clinic for an addiction to sleeping pills.

Sister-in-law of Vic Schoen.

Starred in TV's first "spectacular", Satins and Spurs (1954) (TV), which debuted on September 12, 1954. It was a 90-minute musical comedy produced by Max Liebman. She played a rodeo queen who falls for a magazine writer, played by Kevin McCarthy. Reactions by critics and viewers were so negative that she announced her retirement from show business (one of the many times.)

Turned down the role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (1955).

Was best friends in college with rock musician Kristin Hersh.

Was considered for the role of "Delilah" in Cecil B. DeMille's 1949 film Samson and Delilah (1949). The part went to Hedy Lamarr, instead.

Was elected Mother of Year in 1956 by the City of Hope charity. In that capacity she toured the US raising money and volunteers for that good cause.

Younger sister of singer Marion Hutton.