Betty Hutton

Birthday: Feb 26, 1921
Birthplace: Not Available
As a child, American actress Betty Hutton, born Elizabeth Thornburg in 1921, sang on street corners to help support her family after her father died. She was singing with bands by the time she was 13, eventually becoming the vocalist for the Vincent Lopez orchestra. Because of her exuberance and energy, she became known as "The Blonde Bombshell." She debuted on Broadway in Two for the Show in 1940, then in 1941, signed a film contract with Paramount. Hutton debuted onscreen in The Fleet's In (1942), and for the next decade appeared in tailor-made comedic roles and occasional dramatic roles. She sabotaged her own career in 1952, however, when she demanded that her husband (choreographer Charles O'Curran) direct her films; the studio refused and she walked out on her contract, after which she appeared in only one more film. Over the next 15 years, she worked occasionally onstage and in nightclubs, and co-starred on Broadway in Fade In Fade Out in 1965. Her career going nowhere, she attempted suicide in 1972; a friendly priest helped her find work in a Catholic rectory, and eventually she enrolled in college and earned a Master's degree. She went on to teach acting at two New England colleges. Hutton died in Palm Springs, CA, in early March 2007, at age 86. Her sister is actress Marion Thornburg.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Wisecracks Actor 1993
45% The Greatest Show on Earth Holly 1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware Betty 1952
No Score Yet Let's Dance Kitty McNeil 1950
100% Annie Get Your Gun Annie Oakley 1950
No Score Yet Dream Girl Georgina Allerton 1948
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline Pearl White 1947
No Score Yet Stork Club Judy Peabody 1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves Susie Allison, Rosemary Allison 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Trudy Kockenlocker 1944
No Score Yet Let's Face It Winnie Porter 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Polly Judson 1942
No Score Yet The Fleet's In Bessie Day 1942

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Molly McConnell
  • 1965
No Score Yet American Masters
2001

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