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BETTY BOOP WAS INSPIRED BY BABY ESTHER AND HELEN KANE
Well, there’s a bit of drama behind Betty Boop’s origin. The creator, Max Fleischer, took inspiration for Betty’s looks and mannerisms from the singer,Â Helen Kane. But little did he know that Helen’s singing style, (or rather, her cutesy voice and “boop” scatters), were appropriated from an African American entertainer namedÂ Esther JonesÂ (also known as Baby Esther).
Helen tried to sue Max and Paramount for using her likeness without her consent, but once the news got out that she herself stole Baby Esther’s style, the case didn’t go in her favor. So technically, theÂ realÂ inspiration for Betty was Baby Esther, even though she appears to look more like Helen.