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Bettie Page

Model
Female
Born Apr 22, 1923

Bettie Mae Page was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She has often been called the "Queen of Pinups". Her look, including her jet black hair, blue eyes and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists. Page was "Miss January 1955", one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.… Read More

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Timeline

Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bettie Page.

CHILDHOOD

1923 Birth Born on April 22, 1923.

TEENAGE

1940 17 Years Old A good student and debate team member at Hume-Fogg High School, she was voted "Most Likely to Succeed". On June 6, 1940, Page graduated as the salutatorian of her high school class with a scholarship. … Read More

TWENTIES

1943 20 Years Old In 1943, she married high school classmate Billy Neal in a simple courthouse ceremony shortly before he was drafted into the Navy for World War II. … Read More
1947 24 Years Old In November 1947, back in the United States, she filed for divorce.
1949 26 Years Old In 1949, Page moved to New York City, where she hoped to find work as an actress. In the meantime, she supported herself by working as a secretary overlooking Rockefeller Center. In 1950, while walking alone, along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met NYPD Officer Jerry Tibbs, who was an avid photographer, and he gave Bettie his card. … Read More
1952 29 Years Old From 1952 through 1957, she posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with pin-up and BDSM themes, making her the first famous bondage model. … Read More

THIRTIES

1953 - 1954 2 More Events
1955 32 Years Old 1 More Event
After Yeager sent shots of Page to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, he selected one to use as the Playmate of the Month centerfold in the January 1955 issue of the two-year-old magazine. … Read More
1957 34 Years Old 1 More Event
While pin-up and glamour models frequently have careers measured in months, Page was in demand for several years, continuing to model until 1957.
1958 35 Years Old 1 More Event
On New Year's Eve 1958, during one of her regular visits to Key West, Florida, Page attended a service at what is now the Key West Temple Baptist Church. … Read More

FORTIES

1963 40 Years Old Over the next few years she worked for various Christian organizations before settling in Nashville in 1963, and re-enrolled at Peabody College to pursue a Master's degree in education, but eventually dropped out of the program. … Read More
1967 44 Years Old She briefly remarried Billy Neal, her first husband, who helped her to gain entrance into missionary work; however, the two divorced again shortly thereafter. She returned to Florida in 1967, and married again, to Harry Lear, but this marriage also ended in divorce in 1972. … Read More

FIFTIES

1976 53 Years Old In 1976, Eros Publishing Co. published A Nostalgic Look at Bettie Page, a mixture of photos from the 1950s.
1978 55 Years Old Between 1978 and 1980, Belier Press published four volumes of Betty Page: Private Peeks, reprinting pictures from the private camera club sessions, which reintroduced Page to a new but small cult following.
1979 56 Years Old …  Foster's book immediately provoked attacks from Page's fans, including Hugh Hefner and Harlan Ellison, as well as a statement from Page that it was "full of lies", because they were not pleased that the book revealed a Los Angeles County Sheriff's police report that stated Page suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and, at age 56, had stabbed her elderly landlords on the afternoon of April 19, 1979 in an unprovoked attack, during a fit of insanity. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1983 - 1987 2 More Events
1993 70 Years Old In a 1993 telephone interview with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Page told host Robin Leach that she had been unaware of the resurgence of her popularity, stating that she was "penniless and infamous". … Read More
1996 73 Years Old The question of what Page did in the obscure years after modeling was answered in part with the publication of an official biography in 1996, Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-up Legend.
1997 74 Years Old However, in 1997, Page changed her mind and agreed to a rare television interview for the aforementioned E! True Hollywood Story/Page special on the condition that the location of the interview and her face not be revealed (she was shown with her face and dress electronically blacked out).
2003 80 Years Old Page allowed a publicity picture to be taken of her for the August 2003 edition of Playboy.
2006 83 Years Old In 2006, the Los Angeles Times ran an article headlined A Golden Age for a Pinup, covering an autographing session at her current publicity company, CMG Worldwide. … Read More
According to long-time friend and business agent Mark Roesler, Page was hospitalized in critical condition on December 6, 2008. … Read More
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