Betty Hutton

Born Dec 15, 1921

Betty Hutton was an American stage, film, and television actress, comedienne and singer.

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1921 Birth Born on February 26, 1921.


1937 16 Years Old They did not hear of him again until they received a telegram in 1937, informing them of his suicide. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old A few years later, she was scouted by orchestra leader Vincent Lopez, who gave Hutton her entry into the entertainment business. In 1939, she appeared in several musical shorts for Warner Bros., and appeared in a supporting role on Broadway in Panama Hattie (starring Ethel Merman, who demanded on opening night that Hutton's musical numbers be cut from the show) and Two for the Show, both produced by Buddy DeSylva. … Read More


1942 21 Years Old Hutton was once engaged to the head of Warner Bros.' makeup department, makeup artist, Perc Westmore in 1942, but broke off the engagement, saying it was because he bored her.
1943 22 Years Old In 1943, she was given co-star billing with Bob Hope in Let's Face It. In 1942, writer-director Preston Sturges cast Betty as the dopey but endearing smalltown girl who gives local troops a happy send-off and wakes up married and pregnant but with no memory of who her husband is, except that there were a few "z's" in his name. In this hilarious comedy skewering mindless patriotism, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, was delayed by Hays Office objections and Sturges' prolific output and was finally released early in 1944.
1944 23 Years Old 1 More Event
The film made Hutton a major star; Preston Sturges was nominated for a Best Writing Oscar, the film was named on the National Film Board's Top Ten films for the year, the National Board of Review nominated the film for Best Picture of 1944, and awarded Betty Hutton the award for Best Acting for her performance in the film. … Read More
1945 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Buddy DeSylva, one of Capitol's founders, also co-produced her next hit, the musical Incendiary Blonde, directed by veteran comedy director George Marshall and released in 1945, by which time Hutton had replaced Lamour as Paramount's top female box-office attraction.
1947 26 Years Old Marshall also directed Hutton in the hugely popular The Perils of Pauline in 1947, where she sang a Frank Loesser song that was nominated for an Oscar: "I Wish I Didn't Love You So."
1950 29 Years Old She was billed above Fred Astaire in the 1950 musical Let's Dance. … Read More


1952 - 1955 2 More Events
1957 36 Years Old 1 More Event
However, beset by the erosion of their audience to television, the dismemberment of their theater chains and the rise of McCarthyism, the studio declined, and Hutton broke her contract. Hutton's last completed film was a small one, Spring Reunion, released in 1957, a drama in which she gave an understated, sensitive performance. … Read More
1959 38 Years Old Lucille Ball (another female star who had clearly pushed her husband to a lucrative career) and Desi Arnaz took a chance on Hutton in 1959, with their company Desilu Productions giving her a sitcom, The Betty Hutton Show. … Read More
1960 39 Years Old Her fourth and final marriage in 1960 was to jazz trumpeter Pete Candoli, a brother of Conte Candoli. Hutton and Candoli had one child: They divorced in 1967.


1964 43 Years Old Hutton continued headlining in Las Vegas and touring across the country. She returned to Broadway briefly in 1964 when she temporarily replaced a hospitalized Carol Burnett in the show Fade Out – Fade In.
1967 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967 she was signed to star in two low-budget westerns for Paramount, but was fired shortly after the projects began. … Read More
1970 49 Years Old Hutton had a nervous breakdown and later attempted suicide after losing her singing voice in 1970. … Read More


1974 - 1975 2 More Events
1977 56 Years Old In 1977, Hutton was featured on The Phil Donahue Show. … Read More
1978 57 Years Old She also appeared on Good Morning America, which led to a 1978 televised reunion with her two daughters. … Read More
1980 59 Years Old She followed Dorothy Loudon as the evil Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway in 1980. … Read More


1983 62 Years Old Her last known performance, in any medium, was on Jukebox Saturday Night, which aired on PBS in 1983. … Read More
1999 78 Years Old After the death of her ally, Father Maguire, Hutton returned to California, moving to Palm Springs in 1999, after decades in New England.
2000 79 Years Old Hutton hoped to grow closer with her daughters and grandchildren, as she told Robert Osborne on TCM's Private Screenings in April 2000, though her children remained distant. … Read More
2007 86 Years Old The program was rerun as a memorial on the evening of her death in 2007, and again on July 11, 2008, April 14, 2009, and as recently as January 26, 2010. … Read More
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