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Margie Hines
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Hines in 1933 Vitaphone short, Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer
Margaret Louise Hines[1]

(1909-10-15)October 15, 1909
Glendale, Queens, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 1985(1985-12-00) (aged 76)
Seaford, New York, U.S.
Other namesMarjorie Hines
Marjorie Heidtmann
OccupationVoice actress
Years active1930–1943
Known forBetty Boop, Olive Oyl
(m. 1939; div. 1950)

Raymond Brenneis
(m. 1951; div. 1954)

Jesse William Heidtmann
(m. 1956)

Margaret Louise Hines (October 15, 1909 – December 1985),[nb 1] also known as Marjorie Hines or Margie Hines, was an American voice actress. She was known for her work as a voice artist at Fleischer Studios, where she was the original voice of Betty Boop from 1930 until 1932 and again from 1938 until 1939, before voicing Olive Oyl and Swee' Pea in the Popeye the Sailor cartoons from 1938 to 1944.[8] She also provided the voices for Fleischer's animated films Gulliver's Travels and Mr Bug Goes to Town.[9]


Hines was the original voice actress for Fleischer's cartoon character Betty Boop, who debuted in the cartoon short Dizzy Dishes in 1930. Max Fleischer hired Hines, as she was a Helen Kane sound-alike, and Kane was the basis for the character, who in turn based her act on Baby Esther. Hines and several other actress voiced Betty until Mae Questel took over the role in 1931.

Beginning in 1932, Hines also did vocals for Aesop's Film Fables and Tom and Jerry produced by Van Beuren Studios. Her Van Beuren credits were erroneously attributed to Bonnie Poe, another actress who'd worked for Fleischer on Betty Boop cartoons.

Mae Questel, who was Fleischer's voice for Betty Boop and Popeye characters Olive Oyl and Swee'Pea during the mid-1930s, was unable to move with the Fleischer Studios staff when they left New York City for Miami. As a result, Hines was hired to replace Questel in both the Betty Boop and Popeye series, beginning in 1938. Hines voiced Betty Boop through her final series entries in 1939, and continued to voice Olive until 1943, when the studio, by then taken over by Paramount Pictures and renamed Famous Studios, returned to New York.[10] The Marry-Go-Round (1943) was Hines' final short as the voice of Olive, with Mae Questel returning to the role in 1944.

Personal life

Hines was born in Glendale, Queens, New York in October 1909 as Margaret Louise Hines.[11]

On March 3, 1939, at the purported age of 21, Hines married her 29 year old co-star Winfield B. "Jack" Mercer, who provided the voice of Popeye.[11][12] At the time of her marriage, her mother lived on Long Island and had the two remarry at a New York church.[12] The two later divorced in 1950.[13] Hines married for a second time in 1951, to Raymond Brenneis (1922–1981), in Greenwich, Connecticut.[14] However, the couple divorced in 1954.[15] In 1956, Hines married Jesse William Heidtmann (1918–1997) in Southold, New York.[16]

Under the name Marjorie L. Heidtmann, Hines died in Seaford, New York in December 1985 at the age of 76.[17] She was survived by her husband Jesse, who died in June 1997 at the age of 79.[18]


Year Title Role
1930 Dizzy Dishes Betty Boop
1930 Mysterious Mose Betty Boop
1931 Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! Roxy
1932 The Wild Goose Chase Girl Cat
1932 Pencil Mania Tomtato / Flapper
1933 Silvery Moon Countess
1933 The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Dish
1934 Beauty and the Beast Girl
1935 Dancing on the Moon Various roles
1938 Bulldozing the Bull Olive Oyl
1938 All's Fair at the Fair Mirandy
1938 Sally Swing Betty Boop
1938 On with the New Betty Boop
1938 Thrills and Chills Betty Boop
1938 Cops Is Always Right Olive Oyl
1939 My Friend the Monkey Betty Boop
1939 Customers Wanted Olive Oyl
1939 Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp Olive Oyl
1939 Musical Mountaineers Betty Boop
1939 The Scared Crows Betty Boop
1939 Ghosks is the Bunk Betty Boop
1939 Rhythm on the Reservation Betty Boop
1939 It's the Natural Thing to Do Olive Oyl
1939 Never Sock a Baby Swee' Pea
1940 Shakespearean Spinach Olive Oyl
1940 Females Is Fickle Olive Oyl
1940 Me Feelins Is Hurt Olive Oyl
1940 Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive Olive Oyl
1940 Puttin' on the Act Olive Oyl
1941 Child Psykolojiky Swee' Pea
1941 Mr. Bug Goes to Town Mrs. Ladybug
1941 Nix on Hypnotricks Olive Oyl / Telephone Operator / Bird
1942 Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix Olive Oyl
1942 Baby Wants a Bottleship Olive Oyl
1942 Alona on the Sarong Seas Olive Oyl
1943 Cartoons Ain't Human Olive Oyl
1943 The Marry-Go-Round Olive Oyl


  1. ^ Some sources suggest she was aged 21, or alternatively 24, when she married in 1939. However, the New York Birth Index shows Margaret L Hines as born in Queens, New York on October 15, 1909.[2] The 1910 US Federal Census has Margaret L Hines aged 6 months, living with parents Andrew T and Cecilia M Hines at 7 Van Horn St, Queens.[3] The 1915 New York Census has her, aged 5, with the same parents at 7 Delta Place, Queens.[4] The 1920 Federal Census has Margaret Hines, aged 10, living with Cecile Hines, still at 7 Delta Place.[5] The 1930 Federal Census has Margaret L. Hines aged 20, "singer", living with Cecilia M Hines at 6164 Ralph Ave., Queens.[6] The 1940 Federal Census has Marjorie R (?) Mercer aged 30, "artist", born in Queens, living with Winfield B Mercer, at 3130 Gifford Lane, Miami, Florida.[7] All these records are public records which can be accessed via websites such as


  1. ^ "Clipped From The Sun and the Erie County Independent". The Sun and the Erie County Independent. 17 April 1941. p. 2. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  2. ^ New York Birth Index, 1909
  3. ^ US Federal Census, 1910
  4. ^ New York State Census, 1915
  5. ^ US Federal Census, 1920
  6. ^ US Federal Census, 1930
  7. ^ US Federal Census, 1940
  8. ^ Milestone column Time (March 20, 1939)(subscription required)
  9. ^ "MARGIE HINES".
  10. ^ Grandinetti, Fred M. (31 December 2003). Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History (2nd ed.). McFarland (published 2004). p. 60. ISBN 0-7864-2687-X.
  11. ^ a b "Florida Marriages, 1830-1993," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 July 2019), Winfield B Jack Mercer and Margaret Louise Hines, 3 Mar 1939; citing Marriage, Broward, Florida, United States, citing multiple County Clerks of Court, Florida; FHL microfilm 2,241,554.
  12. ^ a b Stout, Wesley W. (22 April 1957). "The Beachcomber: You may know or maybe not". Fort Lauderdale News. p. 6. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Florida Divorce Index, 1927-2001," database, FamilySearch ( : 25 December 2014), Jack W Mercer and Marjorie Mercer, 1950; from "Florida Divorce Index, 1927-2001," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing Dade, Florida, certificate 11372, volume 517, Florida Department of Health, Jacksonville.
  14. ^ Ancestry: Marjorie Mercer in the Connecticut Marriage Records, 1897–1968
  15. ^ Ancestry: Marjorie Brenneis in the Alabama, U.S., Divorce Index, 1950–1959
  16. ^ Ancestry: Marjorie L. Hines/Brenneis in the New York State, Marriage Index, 1881–1967
  17. ^ Ancestry: Marjorie Heidtmann in the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014
  18. ^ Ancestry: Jesse William Heidtmann in the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007

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