Mae Questel: "It was such fun I loved everything I did. And I loved Max, he was wonderful to me. He called me my little Betty Boop. Boopy-Doopy-Doopy-Doop-Boop-Boopy-Doop, Bop!"
- In 1980, Questel was replaced by Victoria D'orazi because it was felt by New Line Cinema that Questel’s voice was inappropriate for the new songs that were included.
- Questel was replaced by Desirée Goyette in 1985 as the voice of Betty Boop. The reason for this was that Bill Melendez commented that he had planned to animate the character better than the Fleischer artists ever had. He stated that he had no plans to hire any of the original animators who had worked on the original shorts, nor would he consider using Mae Questel, Betty's longtime voice.
- According to Desiree Goyette, Questel was contacted first but she was elderly at the time and her voice had dropped "quite a lot actually".
- She reprised her role as Betty in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, yet in 1989 she would be replaced again by Melissa Fahn. George Evelyn, the director of Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery, told a writer of a production company that he wanted to re-create the Fleischer look and did so in part with the help of Richard Fleischer, who supplied materials from the family archives. Everlyn had wanted to use Mae Questel for Betty's voice, but she was busy filming Woody Allen's segment of New York Stories. Evelyn launched a series of auditions, and in true "Hollywood" fashion the secretary (Melissa Fahn) at the recording studio that was producing copies of the audition tapes had the voice Evelyn sought.
- During the 70s and 80s, Questel used her Betty Boop voice in interviews and conventions and would occasionally perform a song made popular by Helen Kane, "Button Up Your Overcoat", a song which was never performed by Betty Boop in the cartoon series. But, in one of her interviews, it was hinted that this was the song she had performed during the Helen Kane look and sound-a-like contest where she won first place.
Characters voiced by Mae Questel in the Betty Boop Series
- Baby Boop (Is My Palm Read)
- Junior (The Foxy Hunter)
- Aloysius/Billy Boop (Stopping the Show and Let Me Call You Sweetheart)
- Mrs Boop in Minnie the Moocher
- Evil Queen in Snow White
- Bimbo's Mother in Minding the Baby
Mae Questel also provided the voice of Cute Kitty and Louise the Mouse in Famous Studios' Herman & Katnip, Little Audrey and background voices in Casper the Friendly Ghost in their respective animated shorts; the Woman in the Shoe and Little Bo Peep in Color Classics. In the 1950s, she was the voice for the title character of the pioneering interactive Saturday morning cartoon series Winky Dink and You. Questel was also featured as Buzz the Bee scout in Mr. Bug Goes to Town. She continued to provide the voice for Olive Oyl in television specials and elsewhere until her death.
- Mae Questel died in 1998 from complications related to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89 in New York City. She was buried in West Babylon, New York's New Montefiore Cemetery. She had two sons, Robert Balkin, who pre-deceased her, and Richard, who survived her.
Songs Performed by Mae Questel as Betty Boop
- "You're Driving Me Crazy"
- "That's My Weakness Now"
- "Wanna Be A Member?"
- "I'm An Indian"
- "Hello Beautiful"
- "Keep a Little Song Handy"
- "I've Got a Cold In My Nose"
- "Foolish Facts"
- "Mean To Me"
- "Crazy Town"
- "Change Come Get Your Penny"
- "Home! Sweet Home!"
- "I Want To See My Step-Mama"
- "When I'm The President"
- "Is That the Human Thing to Do?"
- "I'm Here In My Penthouse"
- "Ha! Ha! Ha! (Song)"
- "Crazy Jingle"
- "All By Myself"
- "There's Something About A Soldier"
- "Little Pal"
- "Keep In Style"
- "Noise Noise Noise"
- "Not Now"
- "Be Human"
- "Everybody Oughta Have A Pet"
- "No! No! A Thousand Times No!!"
- "A Language All My Own"
- "Grampy's House"
- "It's Good For Ya"
- "New Deal for Pets"
- "Go Out & Make Friends With the World"
- "You're Not Built That Way"
- "Ya Gotta Have Pep"
- Ching Ling Choy"
- "Down In Our Alley"
- "Vote For Grampy"
- "I've Got Those House Cleaning Blues"
- "Be Up To Date"
Mae Questel on her Decca Recordings (1970s): "You know, I'm a collector's item now. Some of the old records I made for the Decca people are now buying as collector's items."
Recordings as The Betty Boop Girl:
Shirley Temple knock-offs:
- "On the Good Ship Lollipop"
- "At The Codfish Ball"
- "The Right Somebody To Love"
- "Oh My Goodness"
- "Polly Wolly Doodle"
- "When I Grow Up"
- "You Gotta Eat Your Spinach Baby"
- "Animal Crackers In My Soup"
- "In Our Little Wooden Shoes"
- "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away" (Victor)
- "The Girl In The Little Green Hat"
- "I Want You For Christmas"
- "The Wedding Of Jack and Jill"
- "Practicing The Piano"
- "Choc'late Soldier Man"
- "The Broken Record"
- "You'd Be Surprised"
- "Oh, Gee, Oh Gosh, Oh Golly I'm In Love"
- "The Music Goes Round And Around"
- "I'm a Little Teapot"/"Polly Put the Kettle On"
- "Chameleon Days" as Helen Kane
- Musical Justice (as Betty Boop in live-action)
- Questel had a withered arm; in her on-camera film appearances, she was usually photographed with elbows bent and both hands at her waist or holding an object in the crook of her elbow to make it less obvious that one arm was shorter and smaller than the other.
- Mae Questel was once thought to be the only voice of Betty Boop, when Betty was revived in the 1980s.
- Questel had embarked upon a career in teaching when some of her friends, knowing her to be a natural mimic, entered her in a Helen Kane impersonation contest at the RKO Fordham Theater, where Miss Helen Kane was appearing.
- Questel's dead-on mimicry earned her a contract with the RKO vaudeville circuit which finally kicked off her professional career of voice acting.
- Mae Questel is perhaps best known as "Aunt Bluebell" in the 1970s Scott Towels paper towel commercials, and as Aunt Bethany in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
- Mae Questel was often mistaken for Bonnie Poe in Hollywood on Parade No. A-8.
- In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, her voice was pitched higher as her natural voice had dropped.