If you didn't know Esther Jones was the real Betty Boop. The iconic cartoon character was inspired by the Black jazz singer in Harlem. Max Fleischer introduced the character in 1930 and the caricature of the jazz age flapper was the first and most famous sex symbol in animation.

Baby Esther as she was know, use to perform in the Cotton Club during the 1920's. Her trademark vocal style of using "boops" and other childlike scat sounds got the attention of actress Helen Kane . Helen then started using Baby Esters style and then tried to sue Max Fleischer saying that he stole her style.

She must have been "coo coo for coco puffs" because even back then they had video evidence that  Baby Ester had been "booping" long before she even thought about a boop. Needless to say, the courts dismissed that completely.