Some say she was the real life Betty Boop (but new sources point to African American entertainer Baby Esther).... Actress Helen Kane, the inspiration for the Betty Boop cartoons, never received royalties or credit for them. A striking and unique performer who began in Vaudeville, she was "too 20s" for the 30s and sadly her career fizzled.
"Betty Boop Doll" by Oop Boop a doop, via Flickr. _ A "new breed" of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.