- The iconic Betty Boop character was inspired by an African American jazz singer in Harlem.
- The inspiration of the cartoon has been traced back to Esther Jones, who was also known as “Baby Esther”.
- She performed regularly in the Cotton Club during the 1920s.
- Betty Boop is a cartoon introduced by Max Fletcher in 1930.
- She is best known for her curvaceous figure and signature vocals “Boop Opp A Doop”
- Baby Esther’s trademark vocal style of using “boops” and other scat sounds.
- Baby Esther’s “baby style” did little to bring her mainstream fame.