Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Betty Boop ain't no brunette

A year ago today, Betty Boop celebrated her 80th birthday. And she remains as charming as she was in 1930. But despite her persisting popularity at the age of 81, few realize that Miss Boop isn't actually a brunette. All her modern depictions, and 89 of her 90 short films lead us to believe she has inky-black hair. But, in fact, she's a redhead.

During her whole career, Betty Boop starred in only one color film. Playing the role of Poor Cinderella, Betty's hair was neither black nor brown. It's fire-engine red:

Happy birthday, Betty! Don't let them take your Boop-Oop-A-Doop away!

Simmon Keith Barney is an animator living in Fort Collins, Colorado.

1 comment:

  1. No wonder my red-headed mother (named Betty) liked her so much.