Kane, Helen (1904–1966)

views updated

Kane, Helen (1904–1966)

American actress and singer. Born Helen Schroeder in the Bronx, New York, on August 4, 1904; died in 1966.


Nothing but the Truth (1929); Sweetie (1929); Pointed Heels (1929); Paramount on Parade (1930); Dangerous Nan McGrew (1930); Heads Up (1930).

A vaudeville performer from the age of 17, Helen Kane made her Broadway debut in the musical A Night in Spain (1927). In 1928, her squeaky "boop-boop-a-doop" rendition of the song "I Wanna Be Loved by You," in the musical Good Boy, catapulted her to a short-lived career in early talkies. Kane was portrayed by Debbie Reynolds in the 1950 film Three Little Words (about the songwriting team of Kalmar and Ruby), in which Kane provided the off-screen singing.