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Mae Questel is a Actor American born on 13 september 1908 at New York City (USA)

Mae Questel

Mae Questel
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Birth name Mae Kwestel
Nationality USA
Birth 13 september 1908 at New York City (USA)
Death 4 january 1998 (at 89 years) at New York City (USA)

Mae Questel (pronounced ques-TELL; September 13, 1908 – January 4, 1998) was an American actress and vocal artist best known for providing the voices for the animated characters Betty Boop and Olive Oyl. She began in vaudeville, and played occasional small roles in films and television later in her career, most notably the role of Aunt Bethany in 1989's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.


À 17 ans, elle gagne un concours de talents et commence à jouer divers rôles dans des vaudevilles. Elle est remarquée par l'animateur Max Fleischer alors à la recherche d'une actrice pour interpréter la voix de son personnage Betty Boop. L'interprétation du Boop Boop A Dop' faite par Questel de façon similaire à celle de l'interprète d'origine, Helen Kane, tout en rappelant l'actrice Clara Bow par son côté irrévérencieux, correspond exactement à ce que cherche Fleischer. De 1930 à 1939, Questel offre sa voix à Betty Boop dans plus de 150 dessins animés. Elle sort également un disque, On The Good Ship Lollypop, qui se vend à plus de 2 millions d'exemplaires.

Durant la même période, et jusqu'en 1957, elle offre sa voix à Olive dans les dessins animés de Popeye. Pour cette voix nasillarde, elle s'inspire de l'actrice Zasu Pitts.

Elle ne fait ses premières apparitions à l'écran que dans les années 1960, notamment dans Funny Girl (1968) où on l'aperçoit au début du film jouer aux cartes avec la mère de Fanny Brice. On la retrouve ensuite dans deux films de Woody Allen : Zelig en 1983 et New York Stories (1989) où elle joue le rôle de la mère d'Allen. Son dernier film sera Christmas Vacation la même année. En 1988, elle fut à nouveau la voix de Betty Boop dans Qui veut la peau de Roger Rabbit. On se souvient également de ses nombreuses apparitions dans des publicités pour des produits ménagers, notamment dans le rôle de Tante Bluebell.

Best films

A Majority of One (1961)

Usually with

Dave Fleischer
Dave Fleischer
(11 films)
Max Fleischer
Max Fleischer
(10 films)
Jack Mercer
Jack Mercer
(7 films)
Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Mae Questel (28 films)

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New York Stories, 2h4
Directed by Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Peinture
Actors Mae Questel, Mia Farrow, Heather McComb, Talia Shire, George Schindler, Giancarlo Giannini
Roles Mother
Rating63% 3.19993.19993.19993.19993.1999
In a story loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short novel The Gambler, Nick Nolte plays Lionel Dobie, an acclaimed abstract artist who finds himself unable to paint during the days before the scheduled beginning of a major gallery exhibition of his new work. Rosanna Arquette is Paulette, his apprentice/assistant and former lover. Lionel is still infatuated with her, but Paulette wants only his tutelage, which makes things difficult since they live in the same studio-loft. Paulette dates other people, including a performance artist (Steve Buscemi) and a painter (Jesse Borrego).
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 1h37
Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about families, Christmas films, Transport films, Road movies, Buddy films
Actors Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, John Randolph
Roles Aunt Bethany
Rating75% 3.7986053.7986053.7986053.7986053.798605
With Christmas only a few weeks away, Chicago resident Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decides it is time to get a Christmas tree. He gathers his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), daughter Audrey (Juliette Lewis) and son Rusty (Johnny Galecki) and drives out to the country where he picks out a huge tree. Realizing too late that they didn't bring any tools to cut the tree down, they are forced to uproot it instead.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1h44
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Robert Zemeckis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Crime, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about films, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Mise en scène d'une souris, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye, Joanna Cassidy, Lou Hirsch
Roles Betty Boop (voice)
Rating76% 3.847223.847223.847223.847223.84722
In 1947, cartoon characters are commonly referred to as "toons" and most work as paid actors in Hollywood. They frequently interact with humans and animals, and dwell in the animated district of Toontown, owned by businessman Marvin Acme. Amongst the toon stars is Roger Rabbit, who does comedy shorts with Baby Herman, but as of late his performances are poor. Meanwhile, R.K. Maroon, Roger’s employer and head of Maroon Studios, hires private detective Eddie Valiant to investigate rumors that Roger’s wife Jessica Rabbit is having an extramarital affair. Eddie himself is an alcoholic, following the murder of his brother Teddy at the hands of a toon. Going to the Ink & Paint Club, Eddie at first believes that Jessica is a rabbit (due to her last name), but surprised when he sees that she's a very attractive woman. He later attempts and manages to snap photographs of Marvin Acme playing patty cake with Jessica, showing them to Maroon and a distraught Roger who vows he and his wife will be happy, before running off.
Zelig (1983)
, 1h19
Directed by Woody Allen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Documentary, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Susan Sontag, Caitlin O'Heaney, Patrick Horgan, Joséphine Baker
Roles Voice of Helen Kane (uncredited)
Rating76% 3.849073.849073.849073.849073.84907
Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the film focuses on Leonard Zelig (Woody Allen), a nondescript man who has the ability to transform his appearance to that of the people who surround him. He is first observed at a party by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who notes that Zelig related to the affluent guests in a thick, refined accent and shared their Republican sympathies, but while in the kitchen with the servants he adopted a ruder tone, and seemed to be more of a Democrat. He soon gains international fame as a "human chameleon".
Move (1970)
, 1h30
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Actors Elliott Gould, Paula Prentiss, Richard Bull, Geneviève Waïte, John Larch, Joe Silver
Roles Mrs. Katz
Rating52% 2.6407252.6407252.6407252.6407252.640725
The film covers three days in the life of Hiram Jaffe (Gould), a would-be playwright who supplements his living as a porn writer and by walking dogs. He and his wife, Dolly (Paula Prentiss), are moving to a new apartment on New York's Upper West Side. Jaffe is beset by problems, including his inability to persuade the moving man to move the couple's furniture, and retreats into fantasy.
Funny Girl
Funny Girl (1968)
, 2h31
Directed by William Wyler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Mae Questel
Roles Mrs. Strakosh
Rating73% 3.698863.698863.698863.698863.69886
Set in and around New York City just prior to and following World War I, the story opens with Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) awaiting the return of husband Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif) from prison, and then moves into an extended flashback focusing on their meeting and marriage.
It's Only Money, 1h20
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Actors Jerry Lewis, Zachary Scott, Joan O'Brien, Mae Questel, Jesse White, Jack Weston
Roles Cecilia Albright
Rating63% 3.199953.199953.199953.199953.19995
Lester March (Jerry Lewis) is a 25-year-old orphan who is an electronics repairman. However, his real passion is detective novels, and he dreams of someday becoming a detective himself. His best friend, Pete Flint (Jesse White), is a detective, and they see a television program about a wealthy, single woman, Cecilia Albright (Mae Questel) who is looking for her long-lost nephew. The mention of a $100,000 reward gets their attention.
A Majority of One, 2h36
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, George Takei
Roles Mrs. Esther 'Essie' Rubin
Rating67% 3.392493.392493.392493.392493.39249
M Jacoby, une veuve originaire de Brooklyn dont le fils a été tué par les Japonais pendant la guerre, accepte à regret d'accompagner sa fille Alice et son gendre Jerry pour un voyage au Japon, où Jerry doit participer à la négociation d'un traité commercial. Lors de la croisière trans-pacifique, le ressentiment de M Jacoby à propos des jamonais est encore très fort lorsqu'elle encontre sur M. Asano, un industriel japonais dont la famille a elle aussi été beaucoup touchée par la guerre. Leur amitié naissante est malmenée lorsque Jerry suspecte M. Asano, lui-même un des négociateurs du traité, d'avoir cherché un gain politique dans cette relation. Bien que M Jacoby n'y croie pas vraiment, elle refuse de voir M. Asano lors de leur dernière soirée à bord. Une fois au Japon, Jerry offense sans le faire exprès M. Asano, et la conférence est annulée. M Jacoby se rend alors chez M. Asano. Après une soirée très agréable, il accepte de reprendre les négociations. Alors que les trois Américains se préparent à repartir, M Jacoby est surprise de recevoir une demande en mariage de M. Asano, mais aussi par la réaction négative d'Alice et Jerry. Mais en fait elle refuse surtout car elle considère que M. Asano et elle sont encore trop marqués par leurs histoires personnelles. Des mois plus tard, M. Asano arrive à New York comme délégué aux Nations unies. Il rencontre à nouveau M Jacoby, qui accepte désormais qu'il lui fasse la cour.
A Majority of One
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, Gary Vinson
Roles Mrs. Esther 'Essie' Rubin
Rating67% 3.392493.392493.392493.392493.39249
Bertha Jacoby (Rosalind Russell), a Jewish widow, is convinced by her daughter Alice Black (Madlyn Rhue) to move from Brooklyn, New York to Tokyo, in order for Bertha to be closer to her along with her husband, Jerry Black (Ray Danton), now stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Her feelings about the Japanese with regards to her son's death in World War II start to change on board the ship to Tokyo, where she meets Koichi Asano, a Japanese Buddhist businessman (Alec Guinness), who also lost a spouse and two children in the War. The two share a bond over lives, their families, and their faiths, which develops into a romance. When she announces to her family of Asano's courtship, her daughter and son-in-law object to the idea of an interracial marriage. The movie ends with the two enjoying a Sabbath dinner.
Fright to the Finish, 6minutes
Directed by Seymour Kneitel, Al Eugster
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Actors Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel
Roles Olive Oyl
Rating62% 3.148943.148943.148943.148943.14894
It is Halloween night and Olive is reading ghost stories to Popeye and Bluto. Both of the men want to have alone time with Olive, with Popeye wondering why Bluto hasn't gone home and Bluto wondering what to do to get rid of Popeye. Bluto decides to stage various pranks (a headless man, an animated skeleton, and a sheet-over-balloon ghost) to scare Olive and Popeye. He pins the blame on Popeye, Olive kicks him out of her house, and Bluto goes to comfort her.
Hysterical History
Directed by Izzy Sparber
Origin USA
Actors Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel
Roles Priscilla / Pocahontas / Phone Operator
Rating50% 2.539552.539552.539552.539552.53955
The story of American History is told. The cartoon starts when Columbus discovers America, arrives at the new land, where he finds cameramen and newspaper reporters.
The Paneless Window Washer, 6minutes
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Actors Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Gus Wickie
Roles Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Rating71% 3.561473.561473.561473.561473.56147
Bluto is trying to make a buck by spraying mud on the windows to make people think they're dirty. Up 20 stories (or at least Popeye says that) is Olive Oyl, public stenographer. Wiping all kinds of windows, Popeye and Bluto get into a bitter quarrel between who's better at cleaning windows.
The Great Ziegfeld, 3h5
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Toni Mannix, Fanny Brice
Roles Rosie
Rating67% 3.3978753.3978753.3978753.3978753.397875
The son of a highly respected music professor, Florenz "Flo" Ziegfeld, Jr. yearns to make his mark in show business. He begins by promoting Eugen Sandow, the "world's strongest man", at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, overcoming the competition of rival Billings and his popular attraction, belly dancer Little Egypt, with savvy marketing (allowing women to feel Sandow's muscles).