Bettie Page
Model
Bettie Page
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.
Biography
Bettie Page's personal information overview.
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Photo Albums
Popular photos of Bettie Page
April 22, 2011
Claire Sinclair at Betty Page at Miracle Mile Shops
April 20, 2011
Atmosphere Bettie Page inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas hosts a meet and greet with Claire Sinclair, the face of Bettie Page Clothing
February 15, 2011
Bettie Page Shoes 2011 MAGIC Trade Show at LVCC
December 12, 2008
**File Photo** * PIN-UP ICON PAGE DIES Legendary pin-up BETTIE PAGE died on Thursday (11Dec08). She was 85. Page suffered a heart attack last week (02Dec08) in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness. She had been hospitalised for three weeks with pn
December 11, 2008
**File Photo** * PIN-UP ICON PAGE DIES Legendary pin-up BETTIE PAGE died on Thursday (11Dec08). She was 85. Page suffered a heart attack last week (02Dec08) in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness. She had been hospitalised for three weeks with pn
April 25, 2006
DIRTY DISHES Desperate housewives can spice up washing-up with these raunchy retro latex gloves. The sexy kitchen accessories come in a range of designs called Bettie Page-Teaserama, Cream and Sugar, Absinthe Inferno, Strawberry Daquiri, Treasure Chest, V
April 10, 2006
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December 23, 2005
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News
News abour Bettie Page from around the web
Chill Out And Get Off: Inside The Strange, Sexy World Of ASMRotica
Huffington Post - 5 months
Laila Love ASMR, as she goes by on YouTube, sits before her laptop camera in a room that appears to be a bedroom masquerading as a spa. A Himalayan salt lamp is propped next to a sprawling white bed, along with a spread of lit candles that I can only imagine smell soothing as hell.  In the video called “~Sensual Trigger Words~ *ASMRotica* *3Dio Binaural*,” Love wears a low-cut T-shirt, rectangular glasses and fluorescent pink lipstick, her black hair styled with short, Bettie Page–style bangs. She greets her viewers in a painstaking whisper in which every consonant is elongated, enunciated, even somehow massaged. “Now today I wanted to do a sexy, sensual trigger words video ― Part 2,” she says, her dimples popping in and out of view as she attempts to hold back a smile.  “Sensual,” she begins. The word is brought to life in Love’s mouth, stretched out and softened as if spun from cotton candy, or uttered in a melodramatic perfume commercial. “Love. Close. Satin. ...
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Nicholas Miriello: Kill the Teacher, Spare the Poet: A Conversation with John Hennessy
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
The poet John Hennessy shares a name with a millionaire college president, who was not long ago profiled in the New Yorker, and a cognac everyone knows, but not everyone drinks. His name positions his work in a cruel sort of fame and obscurity. In New York, after a reading for the Best American Poetry 2013 series, in which his work is anthologized, a fan came forward and asked him to spell his last name. An odd attempt at an ice breaker. "It's easy," he said. "Like the drink." He's perhaps the perfect portrait of the present-day poet. He's too smart, decorated with degrees, printed in sterling publications, a popular professor, and not yet well enough known. He is the author of two acclaimed collections, Bridge and Tunnel and, more recently, Coney Island Pilgrims. Hennessy was raised in Rahway, New Jersey between the drifting tides of the Arthur Kill and the "single gleaming green" that was the Merck chemical plant. When people talk about his poetry, New Jersey is a ...
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Jon Eig: Examining the Docs: This Year's Oscar-Nominated Documentaries
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
I've now read 647 essays on the 2014 Oscar race. Hustle or Slave? McConaughey or Dern? Blanchett or... well, OK, no one's debating Blanchett. But I have only read four essays on the choices for Best Documentary. This seems unfair to me. Sure, most people think of documentary as the boring time-killer they used to show us in middle school, the vegetables of the film world. If you still believe that, spend a day with Michael Moore, either as entertainment or as punishment. This year's docs are an interesting bunch and, as with the feature films of 2013, there are several titles that didn't get nominated that are well worth your time. (Helpful hint: for those of you who want to make your own docs, consider changing the first letter of your last name to "M" -- Marker, Maysles, Morris .. these are the greats. For even more oomph, go the double "M" route of Michael Moore.) In the old days, handicapping the Oscars was formulaic. Disability beat art. Poverty beat disabil ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: Die Hard! The Muppet Christmas Carol! Black Christmas! Silent Night, Deadly Night! MAYBE CHRISTMAS ISN'T AWFUL AFTER ALL??? 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revea ...
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Page by Page
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
Bettie Page Reveals All: an ode to the queen of the pin-ups. by Marjorie Skinner INTEREST LEVELS VARY, but every red-blooded American knows a thing or two about Bettie Page. Still among the nation's top posthumous celebrity earners (she passed away in 2008), the '50s-era pin-up star's influence can be found in everything from Beyoncé videos to the blunt-cut bangs of women all over the world. Director Mark Mori's Bettie Page Reveals All stands out among other biographical treatments primarily because of the fact that Page herself narrates it, by way of audio interviews he conducted with her about a decade before her death. While much has been made of Page—her mysterious and troubled private life, her arguable status as a catalyst for the sexual revolution—it's reassuring to hear her verify her own, rather guileless, intentions. Though an exercise in adoration, Reveals All does an impressive job of covering both the facts of her life and others' ...
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Review: 'Bettie Page Reveals All' shows another side of the pin-up
LATimes - over 3 years
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Movie Review: ‘Bettie Page Reveals All,’ About the Queen of Curves
NYTimes - over 3 years
“Bettie Page Reveals All” a documentary from Mark Mori, uses a Page voice-over stitched together from audio interviews in presenting the legendary pinup girl’s not-all-happy story.     
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The 'Illegal' Bettie Page Photos We Almost Never Saw (NSFW)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A documentary slated to hit New York City this month boasts a hefty tease. The film, titled "Bettie Page Reveals All," will present to those who see it an archive of never published photos of the celebrated pin-up queen. Nude photos, to be precise; ones so salacious they were almost confiscated by the police in 1952. The photos were originally taken at a "camera club," a secretive type of photography gathering that took place in empty offices across New York City in the 1950s. Through this system, photographers could shoot women like Page in the buff, without running up against the laws that technically prevented such pictures from being published. Famous photographers like Weegee and Gordon Parks frequented the events. “Nudity back then was very unusual,” photographer Dick Heinlein explained to The New York Post. He's the one who snapped the never before seen camera club images that appear in the film, and somehow managed to avoid handing his film over to authorities once the venue ...
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Nude Bettie Page snaps surface
Fox News - over 3 years
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'Bettie Page Reveals All' features interviews with the iconic pinup girl before her death
Fox News - over 3 years
The popular pinup girl, who died at the age of 85 in December 2008, has reemerged as the narrator for an upcoming documentary about her life.
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Unconventional Daily Drop of Cool
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Every day a Dead Cool Daily Drop lands in my email inbox with a quick, enthusiastic tip about an adorable Ramones baby onesie, a tank top from a new Parisian Design House, a Rolling Stones iPhone application, a chain of sushi restaurants designed by Philippe Stark, a beach bag imprinted with a Roy Lichtenstein painting, a vampy Bettie Page inspired dress or an indie Australian band. And every day, even when I'm busy, or my inbox is stuffed full of emails, I open up my Dead Cool Daily Drop to read about some unconventional feat of fashion or music, and I feel for a moment that I'm in touch with the hip, the edgy, the indie, the retro, the underground; that I know about beautiful things, and well-designed spaces. Dead Cool is a relentlessly cool media tips site that sends out a "daily drop" email plugging something fabulous in the world of fashion, design, film or art. Dead Cool co-owner Michele Vlasimsky, a public relations guru based in Los Angeles, created Dead Cool in response ...
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Multnomah University
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
An expensive, intensive date with the bible. by Denis C. Theriault MULTNOMAH UNIVERSITY (formerly Multnomah Bible College) is something of an oasis in the rough seas of East Portland's Montavilla neighborhood. The quiet, tree-filled campus, with its modern dorms and tidy mid-century administrative building, sits just a few hundred feet from the busy, fast-food-filled intersection of NE 82nd and Glisan and its struggles with sprawl, crime, and streetwalkers. And that's either one of the 77-year-old evangelical school's biggest blessings—providing a front-row seat to the struggling, sinful world its students are expected to teach and heal−or its biggest curse. For many of the religious kids who move here from up and down the West Coast, it's one more reason to stay safely parked inside something many students call "the Multnomah Bubble." "It's a thing," says one student, Josh. "There are people who don't think there's a world ou ...
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Charlotte Robinson: Legendary Filmmakers Talk Movies and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In this exclusive audio montage I talk with legendary filmmakers, gay and straight alike, at the 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival press luncheon. First, cinematographer Ed Lachman (Far From Heaven, Erin Brockovich, Desperately Seeking Susan) talks about his films, receiving the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award at the PIFF this year and his spin on LGBT issues. Then director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Serial Mom) shares intimate film stories, especially about Divine, and hopefully I'll talk to him again when his new book, Car Sick, is published. John has been instrumental with the PIFF since its start and was the first recipient of the Filmmaker on the Edge Award, in 1999. Then legendary director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dress to Kill, Scarface) talks about his new film, Passion, starring Rachel McAdams, and his belief that the LGBT community should have the same rights as any American citizen. Next, Killer Films co-founder and p ...
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James Heffernan: To the Birthday Boys and Girls of April 22
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Here's today's quiz question: guess what the following luminaries all have in common? Henry Fielding (1707-1754), English novelist Eleazer Wheelock (1711-1779), founder of Dartmouth College (in 1769) Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German philosopher Madame de Staël (1766-1817), Swiss-born saloniste, novelist, and literary critic Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924), leader of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia Bettie Page (1923-2008) , American pinup queen, playmate of the month in the January 1955 issue of PLAYBOY. Answer: like yours truly, they were all born on this day. So here's a little toast to the birthday boys and girls of April 22: To Henry Fielding, author of TOM JONES, Whose novels titillate our funny bones. To Eleazer Wheelock, next in line Who founded Dartmouth on a hill of pine. To Kant, who taught us all just how to live By categorical imperative; To Madame Staël, who piqued Napoleon By dashing off a novel called DELP ...
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PHOTOS: A Tribute To The Queen Of All Pinups, Bettie Page
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A style icon isn't always born from the worlds of fashion or film. Sometimes, she comes from industries not known for their sartorial prowess... or for having much in the way of clothing to begin with. What we're getting at is the adult industry. While today, society is more or less used to a certain amount of flesh on display (whether this is for better or worse is your call), back in the '50s it would be hard to imagine Bettie Page's influence going beyond the readership of her pinup photos. Though Page held a bachelor of arts degree in education from Peabody College, her teaching career was short-lived, as she once told an interviewer "I couldn't control the students, especially the boys." Well, then. Following a divorce in 1947, Page moved to New York City to become an actress. Though she had dabbled in (clothed) modeling, her sights were set on the silver screen. A chance encounter with an amateur photographer in 1950 would introduce her to the world of pinup mo ...
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How To Get A Vintage Pin-Up Model Makeover For Valentine's Day
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Few holidays invite the opportunity to really glam it up like Valentine's Day. While the rose, lingerie and chocolate fest can often veer tacky, we're determined to keep it this side of tasteful. Taking style cues from retro pin-up models like Bettie Page and Betty Grable, our vintage foremothers knew a thing or two about sex appeal. We partnered up with living-day pin-up model and burlesque performer Bettina May who helped us create a gorgeous throwback style for the big night. (Don't worry: Your name doesn't have to be a variation of Betty to get this look.) While May looks like she just stepped out of the year 1955, she has her grandmother to thank for all her beauty wisdom. "I was very close to my Nanna, who shared all her vintage glamour secrets with me," she told us. "From setting hair in rollers to how to age gracefully, she is a real source of inspiration to me." May, who has been modeling and performing since 2003, is a photographer and consultant for vintage- ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bettie Page
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 84
    The documentary included narration from Bettie Page herself, culled from over 6 hours of interviews prior to her 2008 death.
    More Details Hide Details The film also included commentary from individuals such as Dita Von Teese, Hugh M. Hefner, Rebecca Romijn, Tempest Storm, Bunny Yeager, Paula Klaw, Mamie Van Doren and Naomi Campbell. In 2006, Page and Halo Custom Guitars, in Cupertino, California, collaborated to produce a limited edition of custom guitars bearing her image on the front. The line was released at the 2007 Winter NAMM Show in southern California. The total run of 100 guitars was handmade and designed by luthier Waylon Ford, with art designed by Pamelina H. It is the only collector guitar series authorized by Bettie Page.
    According to long-time friend and business agent Mark Roesler, Page was hospitalized in critical condition on December 6, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Roesler was quoted by the Associated Press as saying Page had suffered a heart attack and by Los Angeles television station KNBC as claiming Page was suffering from pneumonia.
  • 2006
    Age 82
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Once again, Page declined to be photographed, saying she would rather be remembered as she was. In a 1998 interview with Playboy, she commented on her career: Within the last few years, she had hired a law firm to help her recoup some of the profits being made with her likeness. According to MTV: "Katy Perry's rocker bangs and throwback skimpy jumpers. Madonna's Sex book and fascination with bondage gear. Rihanna's obsession with all things leather, lace and second-skin binding. Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. The SuicideGirls Web site. The Pussycat Dolls. The entire career of Marilyn Manson's ex-wife Dita Von Teese." would not have been possible without Page. In 2011, Page's estate made the Forbes annual list of top-earning dead celebrities, earning $6 million and tied with the estates of George Harrison and Andy Warhol, at 13th on the list. In 2014, Forbes estimated that Page's estate earned $10 million in 2013.
  • 2003
    Age 79
    Page allowed a publicity picture to be taken of her for the August 2003 edition of Playboy.
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  • 1997
    Age 73
    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).
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  • 1996
    Age 72
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 69
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Entertainment Tonight produced a segment on her. Page, who was living in a group home in Los Angeles, was astounded when she saw the E.T. piece, having had no idea that she had suddenly become famous again. Greg Theakston contacted her and extensively interviewed her for The Betty Page Annuals V.2. Shortly afterward, Page signed with Chicago-based agent James Swanson. Three years later, nearly penniless and failing to receive any royalties, Page fired Swanson and signed with Curtis Management Group, a company which also represented the James Dean and Marilyn Monroe estates. She then began collecting payments which ensured her financial security. After Jim Silke made a large format comic featuring Page's likeness, Dark Horse Comics published a comic based on her fictional adventures in the 1990s. Eros Comics published several Bettie Page titles, the most popular being the tongue-in-cheek Tor Love Bettie which suggested a romance between Page and wrestler-turned-Ed Wood film actor, Tor Johnson.
  • 1987
    Age 63
    In 1987, Greg Theakston started a fanzine called The Betty Pages and recounted tales of her life, particularly the camera club days.
    More Details Hide Details For the next seven years, the magazine sparked a worldwide interest in Page. Women dyed their hair and cut it into bangs in an attempt to emulate the "Dark Angel". The media caught wind of the phenomenon and wrote numerous articles about her, more often than not with Theakston's help. Since almost all of her photos were in the public domain, opportunists launched related products and cashed in on the burgeoning craze.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 59
    In 1983, London Enterprises released In Praise of Bettie Page — A Nostalgic Collector's Item, reprinting camera club photos and an old cat fight photo shoot.
    More Details Hide Details A larger cult following was built around Page during the 1980s, of which she was unaware. This renewed attention was focused on her pinup and lingerie modeling rather than those depicting sexual fetishes or bondage, and she gained a certain public redemption and popular status as an icon of erotica from a bygone era. This attention also raised the question among her new fans of what happened to her after the 1950s. The 1990s edition of the popular Book of Lists included Page in a list of once-famous celebrities who had seemingly vanished from the public eye. In the early 1980s, comic book artist Dave Stevens based the female love interest of his hero Cliff Secord (alias "The Rocketeer") on Page. By the mid 1980s Olivia De Berardinis noted that women began to frequent her gallery openings sporting Bettie bangs, fetish clothing, and tattoos of Page. Olivia said, “Black bangs, seamed stockings and snub nosed 6″ stilettos. These are Bettie Page signatures, anyone who dons them wears her crown. Although the fantasy world of fetish/bondage existed in some form since the beginning time, Bettie is the iconic figurehead of it all. No star of this genre existed before her. Monroe had predecessors, Bettie did not.”
  • 1979
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, Steve Brewster, founder of The Bettie Scouts of America fan club, has stated that it is not as unsympathetic as some believe it to be. Brewster adds that he also read the chapter about her business dealings with Swanson, and stated that Page was pleased with that part of her story. In 1997, E! True Hollywood Story aired a feature on Page titled, Bettie Page: From Pinup to Sex Queen. In a late-1990s interview, Page stated she would not allow any current pictures of her to be shown because of concerns about her weight.
  • 1978
    Age 54
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 52
    In 1976, Eros Publishing Co. published A Nostalgic Look at Bettie Page, a mixture of photos from the 1950s.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1967
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She moved to Southern California in 1979. There she had a nervous breakdown and had an altercation with her landlady. The doctors who examined her diagnosed her with acute schizophrenia, and she spent 20 months in Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, California. After a fight with another landlord she was arrested for assault, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity and placed under state supervision for eight years. She was released in 1992. In the 1970s, artists Eric Stanton, Robert Blue and Olivia De Berardinis were among the first to start painting Bettie images. In 1979, artist Robert Blue had a show titled Steps Into Space, at a gallery on Melrose Place in Los Angeles, where he showed his collection of Bettie Page paintings. At that time in New York, artist Olivia De Berardinis had begun painting Bettie for Italian jean manufacturer Fiorucci. Olivia has continued to paint Bettie, and compiled a collection of this artwork in a book titled Bettie Page by Olivia (2006), with a foreword by Hugh Hefner. To mark the millennium on an international scale, renowned Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama created original art of Bettie Page, placing her on the pedestal of highly accomplished, beautiful women.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She worked full-time for Rev. Billy Graham.
  • 1958
    Age 34
    She dated industrial designer Richard Arbib in the 1950s, and then married Armond Walterson in 1958; they divorced in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1960s, she attempted to become a Christian missionary in Africa, but was rejected for having had a divorce.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She found herself drawn to the multiracial environment and started to attend on a regular basis. She would in time attend three bible colleges, including the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon and, briefly, a Christian retreat known as "Bibletown", part of the Boca Raton Community Church, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • 1957
    Age 33
    Although she frequently posed nude, she never appeared in scenes with explicit sexual content. In 1957, Page gave "expert guidance" to the FBI regarding the production of "flagellation and bondage pictures" in Harlem.
    More Details Hide Details The reasons reported for Page's departure from modeling vary. Some reports mention the Kefauver Hearings of the United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce (after a young man apparently died during a session of bondage which was rumored to be inspired by bondage images featuring Page). However, the most likely reason for Page ending her modeling career and severing all contact with her prior life was her conversion to born-again Christianity while living in Key West, Florida, in 1959. Photographer Sam Menning was the last person to photograph a pin-up of Page before her retirement.
    While pin-up and glamour models frequently have careers measured in months, Page was in demand for several years, continuing to model until 1957.
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  • 1955
    Age 31
    In 1955, Page won the title "Miss Pinup Girl of the World".
    More Details Hide Details She also became known as "The Queen of Curves" and "The Dark Angel".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The famous photo shows Page, wearing only a Santa hat, kneeling before a Christmas tree holding an ornament and playfully winking at the camera.
  • 1954
    Age 30
    In 1954, during one of her annual vacations to Miami, Florida, Page met photographers Jan Caldwell, H. W. Hannau and Bunny Yeager.
    More Details Hide Details At that time, Page was the top pin-up model in New York. Yeager, a former model and aspiring photographer, signed Page for a photo session at the now-closed wildlife park Africa USA in Boca Raton, Florida. The Jungle Bettie photographs from this shoot are among her most celebrated. They include nude shots with a pair of cheetahs named Mojah and Mbili. The leopard skin patterned Jungle Girl outfit she wore was made, along with much of her lingerie, by Page herself. A large collection of the Yeager photos, and Klaw's, were published in the book Bettie Page Confidential (St. Martin's Press, 1994).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 29
    In 1953, Page took acting classes at the Herbert Berghof Studio, which led to several roles on stage and television.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared on The United States Steel Hour and The Jackie Gleason Show. Her Off-Broadway productions included Time is a Thief and Sunday Costs Five Pesos. Page acted and danced in the feature-length burlesque revue film Striporama by Jerald Intrator in which she was given a brief speaking role. She then appeared in two more burlesque films by Irving Klaw (Teaserama and Varietease). These featured exotic dance routines and vignettes by Page and well-known striptease artists Lili St. Cyr and Tempest Storm. All three films were mildly risque, but none showed any nudity or overtly sexual content.
  • 1952
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Klaw also used Page in dozens of short, black-and-white 8mm and 16mm "specialty" films, which catered to specific requests from his clientele. These silent 'one-reel' featurettes showed women clad in lingerie and high heels, acting out fetishistic scenarios of abduction, domination, and slave-training; bondage, spanking, and elaborate leather costumes and restraints were included periodically. Page alternated between playing a stern dominatrix, and a helpless victim bound hand and foot. Klaw also produced a line of still photos taken during these sessions. Some have become iconic images, such as his highest-selling photo of Page—shown gagged and bound in a web of ropes, from the film Leopard Bikini Bound. Although these "underground" features had the same crude style and clandestine distribution as the pornographic "stag" films of the time, Klaw's all-female films (and still photos) never featured any nudity or explicit sexual content. Commenting on the bondage photos and the reputation they afforded her, Page said retrospectively: They keep referring to me in the magazines and newspapers and everywhere else as the "Queen of Bondage." The only bondage posing I ever did was for Irving Klaw and his sister Paula. Usually every other Saturday he had a session for four or five hours with four or five models and a couple of extra photographers, and in order to get paid you had to do an hour of bondage. And that was the only reason I did it.
  • 1949
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He suggested she'd make a good pin-up model, and in exchange for allowing him to photograph her, he'd help make up her first pin-up portfolio, free of charge. It was Officer Tibbs who suggested to Bettie that she style her hair with bangs in front, to keep light from reflecting off her high forehead when being photographed. Bangs soon became an integral part of her distinctive look. In late-1940s America, "camera clubs" were formed to circumvent laws restricting the production of nude photos. These camera clubs existed ostensibly to promote artistic photography, but in reality, many were merely fronts for the making of pornography. Page entered the field of "glamour photography" as a popular camera club model, working initially with photographer Cass Carr. Her lack of inhibition in posing made her a hit, and her name and image became quickly known in the erotic photography industry. In 1951, Bettie's image appeared in men's magazines such as Wink, Titter, Eyefull and Beauty Parade.
  • 1947
    Age 23
    In November 1947, back in the United States, she filed for divorce.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1943
    Age 19
    In 1943, she married high school classmate Billy Neal in a simple courthouse ceremony shortly before he was drafted into the Army for World War II.
    More Details Hide Details For the next few years, she moved from San Francisco to Nashville to Miami and to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she felt a special affinity with the country, its people and its culture.
  • 1940
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She enrolled at George Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University), with the intention of becoming a teacher. However, the next fall she began studying acting, hoping to become a movie star. At the same time, she got her first job, typing for author Alfred Leland Crabb. Page graduated from Peabody with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 6
    In the 1930 Census, a few weeks before Bettie's 7th birthday, her mother Edna Pirtle Page was already listed as being divorced.
    More Details Hide Details After her father, whom Page would accuse of molesting her starting at age 13, was imprisoned, Page and her two sisters lived in a Protestant orphanage for a year. During this time, Page's mother worked two jobs, one as a hairdresser during the day and washing laundry at night. As a teenager, Page and her sisters tried different makeup styles and hairdos imitating their favorite movie stars. She also learned to sew. These skills proved useful years later for her pin-up photography when Page did her own makeup and hair and made her own bikinis and costumes. During her early years, the Page family traveled around the country in search of economic stability.
  • 1923
    Born
    Born on April 22, 1923.
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