One of the most famous female faces in entertainment history, Betty Boop, “The Queen of Cartoons,” continues to delight millions of fans of all ages around the world.
Betty Boop, created by Max Fleischer, made her film debut August 7, 1930, in the animated film “Dizzy Dishes.” Beginning as a minor character in this Fleischer Studios “Talkartoon” series, Betty quickly evolved into the main character. After trying a few earlier female voices, Max discovered Mae Questel, whose distinctive voice became the longest and best known voice for Betty. By 1932, Betty, the first animated screen siren, was starring in her own Betty Boop series and was taking the country by storm.
In the over 75 years that have followed, Betty has starred in more than 100 Fleischer cartoons, two syndicated comic strips, two animated musical television specials for CBS, and in the 1988 film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” She was saluted in a prime time, star-studded tribute on American Movie Classics and was the first cartoon character to be featured in A & E’s award-winning “Biography” series.
Today, Betty’s classic image appears on practically everything, including cookie jars and other ceramic pieces, toys, food, apparel and accessories, house wares, consumer electronics and even lottery tickets.
As the worldwide exclusive licensing agent for Betty Boop, King Features Syndicate works closely with Fleischer Studios to keep Betty entertaining her fans. More than 250 licensees in the United States and nearly as many internationally produce quality products bearing Betty’s likeness in virtually every category. The official Betty Boop Web site is www.bettyboop.com