Betty was born on 31 January
1902 in New York, America. Her father was the actor
Moshe Simonoff. She learned in public school. She worked
for two years as a stenographer and afterwards graduated
college at CUNY as a school teacher.
As a child she often would
sing in concerts and during the Kishinev pogrom, she
used to, during the collections for money she would go
sing songs in the Yiddish theatre, asking "Give bread
for the living?"
As a child she participated
only in two plays, including a role in which she played
In 1916 she studied
education, but after a time she changed her course of studies for
two years, first on the recommendation of Joseph
Rumshinsky, for three years taking lessons with the
music pedagogue Laura Elliot, with Rhea? Silbert and
In the summer of 1925 she
debuted as Betty Morris together with her father in a
sketch called "The Cantor's Daughter" at the Second Avenue Theatre.
In 1926-27 she was engaged
in Detroit (Mgrs.: A. Littman and Louis Birnbaum), where
she debuted, already under her own name, in the operetta