Betty Boop turns 80

The iconic swinger Betty Boop turned 80 years old this week. She was created by Max Fleischer and she debuted on August 9, 1930 in a cartoon called “Dizzy Dishes.”

ABCNews aired a segment about the birthday and posted a video discussing the character’s history.

And as the decades passed, Boop stayed young and popular. She became the classic female form for many cartoon characters who came after her, including Jessica Rabbit from the film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Over time she evolved into a more human cartoon, eventually becoming one of the era’s first and most well known sex-symbols.

She also helped launch the careers of other characters, including Popeye, who made his first appearance on the silver screen in a Betty Boop cartoon.

To commemorate the birthday, Betty Boop fans gathered in Wisconsin Rapids for the Betty Boop Festival to honor Myron “Grim” Natwick, a local animator who contributed to the Betty Boop character.

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