Bettie Page - American Icon
"It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me... that I have so many fans among young people...." -- Bettie Page
Bettie Page was an artist's model whose all-American good looks and perky smile made her an icon. Her image has moved into the realm of pop culture and continues to be an influence decades after her peak working years and retirement.
Bettie Page, from the girl next door to popular icon
Bettie Page was just a simple girl from Tennessee. She'd had dreams of being an actress and moved to New York in an attempt to pursue those dreams. She turned to modeling as a better way to support herself after doing secretarial work while she worked towards the theater.
She started modeling for camera clubs, which were private groups that didn't publish pictures and then started doing magazine features as she became more popular. Her photo shoot with Florida photographer Bunny Yeager in the mid 1950s catapulted both of them to fame and Hugh Hefner featured her in Playboy magazine shortly thereafter. It's said that Bettie was photographed even more than Marilyn Monroe.
Betty herself was never really that dark, other than her hair-color. No matter what she did, she still projected an aura of innocence and fun, like what she was doing was perfectly normal, even when it was getting tied up or having a staged cat fight with another model.
However, one of the main jobs that paid her bills and made her famous was her modeling for Irving Klaw. He produced fetish photographs and sold them via mail-order. Bettie can be seen getting dressed in fantastic fetish heels, getting tied up, or having a cat fight in his images. As much as her mainstream work in magazines like Playboy got her broad attention, in the 40s and 50s, she was the Queen of the fetish underground.
Eventually, Klaw was investigated for obscenity, which ruined his business. Bettie herself was investigated and although no charges were brought against her, her growing religious side and the rumors that she had actually appeared in a sexually-explicit film was what made her retired in the late 1950s.
Bettie Page History
Here are some books that talk about Bettie's life story. You can also get the DVD of the movie "The Notorious Bettie Page" which was released theatrically in mid-2006.
Take a Peek at Bettie Page
- Official Site of Bettie Page
Bettie Page's official Web site with links to her biography, photos fan club, library and more
- The Bettie Page
A pop culture site tribute to pin-up model Bettie Page,complete with photos, art, articles, links, movies, books, comics and shopping.
- Bettie Page - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bettie Mae Page (born April 22, 1923), more commonly known as Bettie Page, was an American model and pin-up girl, active mostly in the 1950s. She is said to have been photographed more than Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford combined.
- Welcome to Bettie Page, a Tribute and Guide
A tribute to 50s pinup model Bettie Page, with timely information and lists of resources for fans.
complete guide to retro pin-up legend Bettie Page on the web. Includes link directory, image gallery, Bettie Page Photo of the Day, and online merchandise store.
- The Notorious Bettie Page | Official Movie Site
The official movie site for The Notorious Bettie Page, in theaters April 2006. The DVD will be available in September of 2006.
- Cult Sirens: Bettie Page
Where to start when talking about Bettie Page? Especially in her case, where a picture is worth a thousand words? I've decided to include the Queen of Pin-Ups on this site for her major influence on many actresses' career.
- Goddess Bettie Page Fanlisting
You have found your way to Goddess, the one and only TFL Network approved fanlisting dedicated Bettie Page. Ms. Page is one of the most famous and adored faces of pin-up of all times.
- The Bettie Page Revival
Bettie Page, pin-up girl from the 50's, is as hot as ever. Her image now appears in fashion magazines, on catwalks in Paris - and as cameos in movies and rock videos. The book 'BP - The Life of a Pin-Up Legend' is reviewed here.
- A Golden Age for a Pinup - Los Angeles Times
Bettie Page -- Nurse Bettie, Jungle Bettie -- soldiered in the sexual revolution. At 82, she finds her image earns a respectable living. By Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer, March 11, 2006
Bettie Page Rarities and Collectibles
Vintage photos and pin-ups of Bettie are what her fans favor most. Remember, due to the time period, all genuine photos are going to be black and white.
Bettie & Bunny
In 1954, Bettie first met photographer Bunny Yeager. By that time, Page was the top model in NYC. Yeager, who had been a beauty queen and model herself, was branching out into creating the images and not just posing for them.
The two ladies created many images which truly propelled Page's modelling career and it was Yeager's pictures that captured the attention of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.
The ones which really stood out where taken at a now-defunct tourist/safari park called Africa USA, where Bettie posed nude with a pair of cheetahs.
image Â© Bunny Yeager
Rest In Peace, Bettie Page
April 22, 1923 - December 11, 2008
In December 2007, Bettie came down with pneumonia and a kidney condition and was hospitalized. She became well enough to be released to a nursing home in January. She celebrated her 85th birthday in April 2008.
Then in the fall of 2008, Bettie was back in the hospital again, enduring several weeks of pneumonia. She suffered a heart attack on December 2nd and passed on Thursday December 11th. A family spokesperson stated that memorial services for Bettie took place on Tuesday December 16th and that she was laid to rest "near Marilyn Monroe."
Here is a photo of Bettie at 80, taken during a signing event.
Bettie made everything she did seem cute, sexy and fun. Here she is doing a few fully-clothed dance routines.
Also here is the trailer for the movie made about her in 2006, The Notorious Bettie Page, starring Gretchen Mol.
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