Mae Questel

Mae Questel

Highest Rated: 75% New York Stories (1989)

Lowest Rated: 60% A Majority of One (1961)

Birthday: Sep 13, 1908

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

Petite, with a high-pitched, rounded voice, Mae Questel was the voice behind such cartoon figures as Betty Boop, Olive Oyl and Little Audry. At age 17, the Bronx-born singer-actress won a talent contest mimicking the then-popular baby-voiced entertainer Helen Kane. An agent immediately signed Questel and before long she was appearing on the vaudeville circuit as a singer and impressionist, imitating performers from Fanny Brice to Maurice Chevalier. In 1931, Max Fleischer signed her to provide the vocals for the Kane-inspired cartoon figure Betty Boop. Over an eight year period, Questel provided the sweetly saucy child-like tones for Betty (and the animators incorporated many of Questel's mannerisms) in more than 100 shorts, including "Boop-Oop-a-Doop" (1932), "Snow White" (1933) and the Oscar-nominated "Riding the Rails" (1938). The bob-haired, saucer-eyed Betty Boop became a popular phenomenon, spawning everything from dolls to playing cards to candy to a syndicated comic strip. The provocative character, noted for her short skirts and flirtatious manner, came under fire from women's clubs in the late 1930s. Partly due to that pressure and partly because the series' popularity was waning due to changing tastes, Fleischer ended the Betty Boop shorts in 1939 with "Yip, Yip Yippy!." Beginning in 1933, Fleischer had also tapped Questel to lend her talents to the character of Olive Oyl in the Popeye cartoons, more than 450 of which were produced. (In the series, Questel also gave voice to Swee'pea.) During her long career as a voice actor, she also lent her distinctive abilities to such cartoon figures as Winky Dink, Little Audry and Casper, the Friendly Ghost.

Highest rated movies




68% 86% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Aunt Bethany (Character) $70M 1989
75% 56% New York Stories Mother (Character) $10.6M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hurray for Betty Boop Unknown (Voice) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best of Betty Boop Volume II Unknown (Voice) - 1980
No Score Yet 62% It's Only Money Cecilia Albright (Character) - 1962
60% 62% A Majority of One Mrs. Esther "Essie" Rubin (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Teacher's Pest Junior's Mother / Worm (Voice) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet New Shoes Girl's Shoes (Voice) - 1936
No Score Yet 79% Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor Olive Oyl (Voice) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Somewhere in Dreamland Mother / Boy / Girl (Voice) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of Popeye Olive Oyl (Voice) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snow-White Betty Boop (Voice) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Betty Boop's Museum Betty Boop / Big Lady (Voice) - 1932


No Score Yet No Score Yet Casper and Friends Unknown (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Cuddles McGee (Guest Star) 1962


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