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- Mae Questel: "The man who introduced us seemed to dwell longer on my likeness to Miss Kane than he did on the others, and the audience resented what it felt was partiality to me. The contest was to be decided on the cheers of the audience, and when I went on I thought that the announcer had killed my chances to win. I guess I was the most surprised person in the theater when I was selected." (The Buffalo Evening News, 1931)
- 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!"
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
- Pudgy (Panting, sound effects)
- Evil Queen in Snow White
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 and Little Lulu 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.
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): Mae Questel: "You know, I'm a collector's item now. Some of the old records I made for the Decca people are now buying as collectors items.".
Recordings as The Betty Boop Girl:
Shirley Temple Song Covers:
- "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"
- "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"
- Musical Justice (as Betty Boop in live-action)
- 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.
- 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 have been the only voice of Betty Boop, when Betty was revived in the 1980s. She was also once credited for every cartoon released, that had been ported to VHS and DVD. She would be credited as doing over 100 cartoons as Betty.
- 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 is 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.
- The Attractive Prize Winning Boop Boop a Doop Girl (1929)
- Diminutive Bronx Elocution Teacher (1929)
- Contest Gave Chance to Star (1931)
- Betty Boop Visits Store Here and Entertains Crowd (1932)
- Betty Boop and Her Gang Have Bright Radio Future (1933)
- Five Betty Boops Silent In Court (1934)
- Boopers To Boop (1934)
- Boop Vs Boop May the Best Boop Win (1934)
- Featured Screen and In Person (1934)
- Are Helen Kane and Mae Questel One and the Same? (1935)
- Betty Boop of the Cartoons Tells Tales on Mae Questel (1935)
- TV's Voice of Experience (1957)
- Mae Questel, Actress, Voice Of Betty Boop, Olive Oyl (1998)
- Voice of Betty Boop Dies (1998)
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