Betty Hutton

Betty Hutton

Source: MGM Studio (1950)

"star of tomorrow"

She was raised by an alcoholic mother, her father committed suicide, she suffered from long bouts of depression, experienced a nervous breakdown, and declared bankruptcy. But Betty Hutton would find peace singing jazz. She would also rise up to become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood through the 1940s and 50s. But by the 1970s, Hutton had lost her way and tried to kill herself. She landed back on her feet, attributing her rehabilitation to counselling from a priest, and support from other celebrities. Hutton's comeback in the 1980s included acting on Broadway and getting a master's degree in psychology. (She had been a 9th grade drop-out). For years, Hutton's daughters wanted nothing to do with her. She had hoped to get close to them, but it was not to be. Betty Hutton - singer and actress - who was once engaged to an executive of Warner Brothers but called off the wedding because she said he was "boring" died from colon cancer at age 86 in 2007. The photo is a publicity shot for Hutton's hit movie "Annie Get Your Gun" released in 1950. You can hear Betty Hutton right here on Jazz Diva Radio.