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Shirley Reed Started Her Career As A Betty Boop Impersonator[1]


Shirley Reid's girl orchestra, which she was forced to abandon after a short while, led her to the Hollywood radio and movie studio. She hosted her own radio program eventually and on part of it she took to singing little songs that would appeal to children.

Miss Reid was suddenly amazed to notice that from her fan mail she was confused with Betty Boop. She had never meant to palm herself off in that way. But she got to thinking, "If they think I sound like Betty Boop, maybe I could capitalize on the idea."

She learned a few children's songs in the "Boop" manner and auditioned at a studio where animated cartoons were made. They liked Reid so much that they put her to work at once. Since then she has gone practically to having been heard as Minnie Mouse frequently in numerous Walt Disney cartoons.


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