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Betty Boop may be one of the most instantly recognizable cartoons in history. Yes, with her big baby face, button nose and huge eyes, Betty’s pretty hard to mistake for any other character. But, of course, someone once had to create her – and you may be surprised to know that she was actually once based on a real woman.

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One of the best-loved cartoon characters ever, Betty’s appeal has endured since her first appearance in the 1930s. In fact, in the intervening decades, she’s been used to sell just about everything. Even someone who’s never seen her on screen may use a Betty lipstick or wear a T-shirt with her face on it.

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