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The Perils Of Pauline (1947)

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“I think things are going to go right for me again. I’m not old. I’m old enough, but I photograph young, thank God, and I still have a public. I still get fan mail.” ~ Betty Hutton

“I think things are going to go right for me again. I’m not old. I’m old enough, but I photograph young, thank God, and I still have a public. I still get fan mail.” ~ Betty Hutton

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Betty Hutton 1945, photo by Bud Fraker

In 1936 Betty Hutton started work as a nightclub singer with the Victor Lopez Band at $65 a week. "It was the first time I could afford steak," she remembered. "I ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner." After a short period the singer began to fear that she was not popular with audiences. "First Vic changed my name," she recalled. "When that didn't work he decided to fire me." Having heard of Lopez's decision from the lead trombonist she got drunk on a mixture of brandy and Benedictine. "I arrived at the theatre feeling I had nothing to lose," she recalled. "I sat on the musicians' laps, pulled their hair and threw myself around a lot. The audience loved me."