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Actress and Singer Betty Hutton Dead at 86

betty huttonActress and singer Betty Hutton, star of the musical "Annie Get Your Gun," has died in Palm Springs, California at the age of 86.

Her other popular films include "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek," "Incendiary Blonde," "Somebody Loves Me," and "Perils of Pauline," and "The Greatest Show on Earth."

Hutton led a tumultuous life, marrying four times and battling drug and alcohol problems. She had a nervous breakdown in the early 1970s and attempted suicide. She told the AP in 1980: "Uppers, downers, inners, outers, I took everything I could get my hands on."

She credited a Rhode Island priest, the Rev. Peter Maguire, with befriending her and turning her life around. She converted to Roman Catholicism. In 1986, she earned a liberal arts degree from Salve Regina College, in Newport, Rhode Island, commenting that she liked college because "the kids studying there accepted me as one of them."

Hutton had three daughters, one with Pete Candoli and two with Ted Briskin. She didn't have any children with Alan Livingston or Charles O'Curran. All four marriages ended in divorce.

She lived her final years in Palm Springs, California.

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