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Baby Esther Jones the Original Betty Boop

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Betty Boop was originally based on a black woman known as Esther Jones, who was known by her stage name "Baby Esther," was an African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. Her "baby" singing style often included the phrase, “Boop-oop-a-doop”. She performed regularly at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Theatrical Manager Lou Walton testified during the Fleischer v. Kane trial, that Helen Kane saw Baby Esther's cabaret act in 1928 with him and appropriated Jones baby voice style of singing and changed the interpolated words ‘Boo-Boo-Boo’ & ‘Doo-Doo-Doo’ to ‘Boop-boop-a-doop’ for a recording of "I Wanna Be Loved By You". Kane has never publicly admitted that she copied. Jones' style, as imitated by Kane, went on to become the inspiration for the voice of the cartoon character Betty Boop. When Kane attempted to sue Fleischer Studios for using her persona, the studios defended themselves by arguing that Kane herself had taken it from "Baby Esther" Jones. In court it was presumed that Jones had since died. An early test sound film of Baby Esther's performance was used as evidence. Paramount was able to prove that Kane did not uniquely originate or have claim to the Betty Boop style of singing or look. In addition to adducing Baby Esther's performances, they showed performances by actress Clara Bow, who also had the Betty Boop style of dress and hair and a French singer called Felix Mayol who had booped in 1913, and one witness claimed that Edith Griffith had also booped before Kane. http://hellobeautiful.com/2014/09/03/betty-boop-was-black/ http://madamenoire.com/466037/betty-boop-inspired-by-a-black-woman/