Betty Hutton
Actor
Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton was an American stage, film, and television actress, comedienne and singer.
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Betty Hutton's personal information overview.
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The Landlord Philanthropist
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The idea of a philanthropic landlord is a mind-bending oxymoron. But the man who turned commercial real estate into a tool for philanthropy says the basic concept is simple: First, use private foundation money to buy commercial buildings at a discount (paying cash), then rent them at a discount to nonprofits. Welcome to real estate philanthropy, Tom Parker style. Under Parker's leadership, the California-based Hutton Parker Foundation owns and operates 16 nonprofit office buildings (15 in Santa Barbara County) - with nearly 100 nonprofit tenants. The rents are below-market, but the cash flow brings liquidity to the foundation, helping to fund a total of more than $50 million in grants. Unlike many foundations, Hutton Parker makes most of these grants for operating expenses - not new programs. "Tom understands that physical environment is often a powerful yet largely overlooked facilitator of collaboration among nonprofits," says Ron Gallo, CEO of the Santa Barbara Fou ...
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Arnold City Council Votes on New Committee Members
Arnold Patch - over 4 years
The only items scheduled on the agenda packet are three appointments to two of the city’s committees: the Building Appeals Board, which resolves disputes of residential and commercial parties who disagree with the City’s Building Code, and the Aging and Disabilities Commission, which oversees the needs of the senior and disabled population in Arnold. Alan H. Luffy, of Ward 2, is one of the appointees to the Building Appeals Board. Luffy is currently a chief engineer with the Jones Lang LaSalle Americas company, a Des Peres-based financial and professional services firm which specializing in real estate services.  Michael W. Dunfee, of Ward 4, is the other appointee to the Building Appeals Board. Dunfee is a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force and an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.  Betty Hutson, of Ward 4, is the third appointee of the night. Hutson is desiring to serve in the Aging and Disabilities Commission. Hutson currently serves as ...
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"Judy: A Legendary Film Career," Lavish Book About Late Icon, Published Aug. 23 - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
Featured are numerous costume photos of Garland in preparation for the film of "Annie Get Your Gun," in which she was famously replaced by Betty Hutton. Fricke has also assembled back-stories and interviews about other Garland films that got away,
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Songs and Cocktails: An Exclusive Interview with Ana Gasteyer - The Morton Report
Google News - over 5 years
Let's see, lots more: Betty Hutton, Frances Faye, Louis Prima and his wife. They were much more liberated than they thought back then. They started with talent and ended with poise, and I really admire. You started out at Groundlings, learning comedy
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Les Arènes de Lutèce font leur cirque - Marais.Evous.fr
Google News - over 5 years
Samedi 10 Septembre, à 20h30 : Projection, en plein air, du film aux deux Oscars et deux Golden Globe Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde de Cecil B. Demille avec Charlton Heston et Betty Hutton. Ce film, sorti en 1952 et considéré depuis comme l'un
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Italy calls emergency meeting to deal with European debt crisis - Credit Writedowns
Google News - over 5 years
Marshall Auerback says that, in Europe and the US, it's case of “anything you can do, I can do better” in a bad way. He sent me the following video link to make his case. What do you think, is the US Betty Hutton or Howard Keel?
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Girls' Generation ― it's the girls' time! - Korea Times
Google News - over 5 years
Seohyun became a cute 1960s diva in a black dress like Audrey Hepburn to wow the audience by tap dancing to Betty Hutton's “Stuff Like That There.” Last but not least, Yoona gave a powerful dance display to Madonna's “4 Minutes
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Opera Star Tries Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
NYTimes - over 5 years
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. SAFE to say that Wagner's Brünnhilde would never brag about shootin' a wart off'n grandpappy's nose, despite the warrior that she is. But then maybe she would in an alternative singing universe, the kind Deborah Voigt, the soprano, has entered here at the Glimmerglass Festival. Ms. Voigt, a heralded interpreter of Wagner, Verdi
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TV Q&A with David Inman - Boston Herald
Google News - over 5 years
A. That's “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Screenplay in 1952. It was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and the all-star cast included Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Dorothy Lamour, James Stewart and Cornel Wilde
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'Annie Get Your Gun' rides into KHS this weekend - Kewanee Star Courier
Google News - over 5 years
The film version hit screens in 1950 with Betty Hutton and Howard Keel in the leads, and in 1999, one of the musical's several revivals opened on Broadway with Bernadette Peters and “Dukes of Hazzard's” Tom Wopat as Oakley and Butler
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Movie outdoors at the Fauchere - Pike County Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel, the movie instantly became one of the more beloved of Hollywood musicals, especially renowned for songs such as “There's No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do.” Author and film historian John
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Betty Hutton Stars In 'The Miracle of Morgan's Creek' - Hartford Courant
Google News - over 5 years
She has a little too much fun and wakes up in the morning pregnant, with no memory of the baby's father, whom she may (or may not) have married in a drunken haze. Then she gives birth, and things get really crazy. The classic, which stars Betty Hutton,
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Bainbridge Library hosting programs - News-Herald.com
Google News - over 5 years
A fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel will be shown. This Irving Berlin and Dorothy Fields' collaboration features the songs "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do
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Radio 2 salutes the women of comedy - Chortle
Google News - over 5 years
... programmes called Barbara Windsor's Funny Girls honouring British stars Hattie Jacques, Hylda Baker and Beryl Reid; then three called Barbara Windsor's Funny Gals on Americans Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller and Annie Get Your Gun star Betty Hutton
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What's Hot: Starry '55 show had Garland, slew of her pals - Long Beach Press-Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
... Van Johnson, Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Betty Hutton, Leslie Caron, Sammy Davis Jr., Dick Powell, June Allyson and Edgar Bergen. They'd all come to Long Beach on the same bus, and it was swamped by fans outside the Auditorium before the show
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Debbie Reynolds' Unaffordable Costume Collection: A Glimpse Before It Goes on ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
A little farther down was a dress worn by Betty Hutton, who had been married to Nancy's second husband, Alan Livingston, before he and Nancy found each other and were together for almost fifty years. On the second level of the Paley, where costumes
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Betty Hutton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 85
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hutton lived in Palm Springs, California until her death, at 86, from colon cancer complications. Hutton is buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. None of her three daughters attended the funeral. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Betty Hutton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard. For several years film exhibitors voted Hutton among the leading stars in the country:
  • 2000
    Age 78
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She told Osborne that she understood their hesitancy to accept a now elderly mother. The TCM interview first aired on July 18, 2000.
  • 1999
    Age 77
    After the death of her ally, Father Maguire, Hutton returned to California, moving to Palm Springs in 1999, after decades in New England.
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  • 1983
    Age 61
    Her last known performance, in any medium, was on Jukebox Saturday Night, which aired on PBS in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Hutton stayed in New England and began teaching comedic acting at Boston's Emerson College. She became estranged again from her daughters.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 58
    She followed Dorothy Loudon as the evil Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Hutton's rehearsal of the song "Little Girls" was featured on Good Morning America. Hutton's Broadway comeback was also included in a profile that was done about her life, her struggle with pills, and her recovery on CBS News Sunday Morning. A ninth grade drop-out, Hutton went back to school and earned a master's degree in psychology from Salve Regina University. During her time at college, Hutton became friends with singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh and attended several early concerts of Hersh's band, Throwing Muses. Hersh would later write the song "Elizabeth June" as a tribute to her friend, and wrote about their relationship in further detail in her memoir, Rat Girl.
  • 1978
    Age 56
    She also appeared on Good Morning America, which led to a 1978 televised reunion with her two daughters.
    More Details Hide Details Hutton began living in a shared home with her divorced daughter and grandchildren in California, but returned to the East Coast for a three-week return to the stage.
  • 1977
    Age 55
    In 1977, Hutton was featured on The Phil Donahue Show.
    More Details Hide Details Hutton was then happily employed as hostess at a Newport, Rhode Island jai alai arena.
  • 1975
    Age 53
    Hutton appeared in an interview with Mike Douglas and a brief guest appearance in 1975 on Baretta.
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  • 1974
    Age 52
    In 1974, a well-publicized "Love-In for Betty Hutton" was held at New York City's Riverboat Restaurant, emceed by comedian Joey Adams, with several old Hollywood pals on hand.
    More Details Hide Details The event raised $10,000 (USD) for Hutton and gave her spirits a big boost, but steady work still eluded her.
  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 48
    Hutton had a nervous breakdown and later attempted suicide after losing her singing voice in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details After regaining control of her life through rehab, and the mentorship of a Roman Catholic priest, Father Peter Maguire, Hutton converted to Roman Catholicism and took a job as a cook at a rectory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She made national headlines when it was revealed she was working in a rectory.
  • 1967
    Age 45
    After the 1967 death of her mother in a house fire and the collapse of her last marriage, Hutton's depression and pill addictions escalated.
    More Details Hide Details She divorced her fourth husband, jazz trumpeter Pete Candoli, and declared bankruptcy.
    In 1967 she was signed to star in two low-budget westerns for Paramount, but was fired shortly after the projects began.
    More Details Hide Details In 1980, she took over the role of Miss Hannigan during the original Broadway production of Annie while Alice Ghostley was on vacation. Ghostley replaced the original Miss Hannigan actress, Dorothy Loudon (who won a Tony Award for the role).
  • 1964
    Age 42
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hutton hired the still-blacklisted and future film composer Jerry Fielding to direct her series. They had met over the years in Las Vegas when he was blacklisted from TV and radio and could get no other work, and her Hollywood career was also fading. It was Fielding's first network job since losing his post as musical director of Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life in 1953 after hostile questioning by HUAC. The Betty Hutton Show faded quickly. She appeared in the 1965 Gunsmoke episode "Bad Lady from Brookline". Her character takes a job singing in a saloon, while developing her shooting skills sufficiently to kill Matt Dillon for murdering her husband. The impression is that the show was written specifically to showcase Hutton's talents.
  • 1957
    Age 35
    In 1957, she appeared on a Dinah Shore show on NBC that also featured Boris Karloff; the program has been preserved on a kinescope.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately, box office receipts indicated the public did not want to see a subdued Hutton. She also became disillusioned with Capitol's management and moved to RCA Victor. Hutton got work in radio, appeared in Las Vegas and in nightclubs, then tried her luck in the new medium of television. In 1954, TV producer Max Liebman, of comedian Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, fashioned his first "Color Spectacular" as an original musical written especially for Hutton, Satins and Spurs. It was a flop with the public and critics, probably because Hutton had an outsized personality that didn't work well on "the small screen". It's also possible viewers expected to see color on their B&W sets, and when they didn't, switched to something else.
  • 1955
    Age 33
    She married for the third time in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Husband Alan W. Livingston, an executive with Capitol Records, was the creator of Bozo the Clown. They divorced five years later, although some accounts refer to the union as a nine-month marriage.
  • 1952
    Age 30
    Hutton's second marriage in 1952 was to choreographer Charles O'Curran. They divorced in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details He died in 1984.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 28
    She was billed above Fred Astaire in the 1950 musical Let's Dance.
    More Details Hide Details Her next screen triumph came in Annie Get Your Gun (1950) for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which hired her to replace an exhausted Judy Garland in the role of Annie Oakley. The film, with the leading role retooled for Hutton, was a smash hit, with the biggest critical praise going to Hutton. Among her lesser-known roles were an unbilled cameo in Sailor Beware (1952) with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, in which she portrayed Dean's girlfriend, Hetty Button. Altogether, Hutton made 19 films from 1942 to 1952. Her career as a Hollywood star ended due to a contract dispute with Paramount following the Oscar-winning The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and Somebody Loves Me (1952), a biography of singer Blossom Seeley. The New York Times reported that the dispute resulted from her insistence that her husband at the time, choreographer Charles O'Curran, direct her next film. This is not as outrageous as it now sounds, since many famous female stars, from Greta Garbo to Alexander Korda's first wife, silent movie star María Corda, often demanded directing gigs for their unknown husbands as the price of their next film.
  • 1947
    Age 25
    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."
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  • 1945
    Age 23
    Hutton's first marriage was to camera manufacturer Ted Briskin on September 3, 1945. The marriage ended in divorce in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details Two daughters were born to the couple:
    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 22
    Critic James Agee noted that "the Hays office must have been raped in its sleep" to allow the film to be released. And although the Hays Office received many letters of protest because of the film's subject matter, it was Paramount's highest-grossing film of 1944, playing to standing-room-only audiences in some theatres.
    More Details Hide Details On the strength of its success, she signed a recording contract with the newly formed Capitol Records (she was one of the earliest artists to do so).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times named it as one of the 10 Best Films of 1942-1944.
  • 1943
    Age 21
    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.
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  • 1942
    Age 20
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When DeSylva became a producer at Paramount Pictures, Hutton was signed to a featured role in The Fleet's In (1942), starring Paramount's number one female star Dorothy Lamour. Hutton was an instant hit with the movie-going public. Paramount did not immediately promote her to major stardom, however, but did give her second leads in a Mary Martin film musical, Star Spangled Rhythm (1943), and another Lamour film.
  • 1937
    Age 15
    They did not hear of him again until they received a telegram in 1937, informing them of his suicide.
    More Details Hide Details Along with her older sister Marion, Betty was raised by her alcoholic mother, who took the surname Hutton and was later billed as the actress Sissy Jones. The three started singing in the family's speakeasy when Betty was 3 years old. Troubles with the police kept the family on the move. They eventually landed in Detroit where she attended Foch Intermediate School and Southeastern High School. On one occasion, when Betty, preceded by a police escort, arrived at the premiere of Let's Dance (1950), her mother, arriving with her, quipped, "At least this time the police are in front of us!") Hutton sang in several local bands as a teenager, and at one point visited New York City hoping to perform on Broadway, where she was rejected.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1921
    Born
    Born on February 26, 1921.
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