For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Helen Kane and Betty Boop
On Stage and On Trial
  • James D. Taylor, Jr.
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Helen Kane and Betty Boop. On Stage and On Trial
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Betty Boop has been a beloved character since the 1930s. The quintessential “flapper,” her character was based on a handful of popular performers, and fans are still arguing who was the principal model. Helen Kane was a major inspiration for the unmistakable image of Betty Boop.

Here, historian James D. Taylor has painstakingly accumulated all the facts that can be found about her life and her performing career - and these details make for an interesting story in themselves. In addition, he gained access to the official transcript of the trial that was a pivotal event in Kane's life. Too many short, inaccurate biographies have been published that incorrectly quote from that trial.

About the Author

James D. Taylor, Jr. is an independent scholar. He has published four books with Algora pulling together all the available documentary evidence relating to important figures from Elizabethan history. In a new series, he is profiling actresses involved in creating beloved characters like Betty Boop who have been entertaining America since the 1930s.

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Through documentary evidence, James Taylor provides a look into the life of a wonderful woman who was a primary inspiration in giving us the image of Betty Boop and the contributions she made to American pop culture.

Helen Kane was...
Through documentary evidence, James Taylor provides a look into the life of a wonderful woman who was a primary inspiration in giving us the image of Betty Boop and the contributions she made to American pop culture.

Helen Kane was dedicated to her work and remained active until the last ten years of her life. While Mae Questel was the vocal artist whose distinctive voice helped make Betty Boop a favorite character remembered by millions, it's the image of Betty Boop that is most recognizable. She would not look the way she does if it had not been for the performances of Helen Kane. Many know of Betty Boop, but not the story behind the sexy little icon of a by-gone era. This book aims to fill that gap in our knowledge.

Those who do know of Helen Kane are aware of the controversy that broke out and became a major court case. Many performers contributed to the creation of the composite character we know as Betty Boop; Helen Kane most assiduously sought to be, and to be recognized as, the most important of them all.


Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1. Reach for the Stars Chapter 2. Shining Bright     The Boop-oop-a-doop Law Suit Chapter 3. Boop on Trial     Trial Opening
Introduction

Chapter 1. Reach for the Stars

Chapter 2. Shining Bright

    The Boop-oop-a-doop Law Suit

Chapter 3. Boop on Trial

    Trial Opening

    Testimony for Defendants Max Fleischer and Fleischer Studios

Testimony for Defendant Paramount Publix Corporation

Chapter 4. Helen Kane’s full testimony

    Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Department

Chapter 5. Additional Key Testimonies

Chapter 6. Fall from the Heavens

Chapter 7. Conclusion


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Pages 164
Year: 2017
BISAC: BIO005000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
BISAC: BIO022000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
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ISBN: 978-1-62894-297-2
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ISBN: 978-1-62894-298-9
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