Bettie Page

Pin-up girl, Film actor

1923 – 2008

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Who was Bettie Page?

Bettie Mae Page was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pinups", her jet black hair, blue eyes, and trademark fringe have influenced artists for generations.

Page was "Miss January 1955", one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society," Playboy founder Hugh Hefner told the Associated Press.

In 1959, Page converted to evangelical Christianity and went on to work for Billy Graham. The latter part of her life was marked by depression, violent mood swings, and several years in a state psychiatric hospital. After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s.

Famous Quotes:

  • I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer. I wasn't trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didn't think of myself as liberated, and I don't believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didn't know any other way to be, or any other way to live.
  • I never was the girl next door

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Born
Apr 22, 1923
Nashville
Also known as
  • Betty Mae Page
  • Bettie Mae Page
  • Betty Page
  • Girl with The Perfect Figure
  • Queen of Pinups
  • Miss January 1955
  • The Girl with the Perfect Figure
Parents
Spouses
Religion
  • Evangelicalism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, George Peabody College
    ( - 1944)
  • Herbert Berghoff Studios
    (1953 - )
  • Peabody College
  • Hume-Fogg High School
  • Biola University
Lived in
  • Nashville
  • Southern California
  • Miami
  • Port-au-Prince
  • New York City
Died
Dec 11, 2008
Los Angeles
Resting place
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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