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Birth name: Bettie Mae Page.
Born: April 22, 1923 Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Measurements: 36" - 23" - 35".
Height: 5 ft 5.5 in (1.66 m).
Weight: 128 lb (58 kg).

Bettie Page biography (bio):
Page was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Walter Roy Page and Edna Mae Pirtle, who divorced when Page was 10-years old. Following the divorce, Page and her sister lived in an orphanage for a year. A strong student and debate team member at Hume-Fogg High School, she reportedly missed earning the title of school valedictorian and a scholarship to Vanderbilt University by a quarter of a grade point after skipping an art class to attend a dress rehearsal for a school play.
On June 6, 1940, Bettie Page graduated from high school with a trust fund of $10,000 and enrolled at George Peabody College 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 began her first job, typing author Alfred Leland Crab's manuscripts. Page graduated from Peabody with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. She married Billy Neal, with whom she had attended high school, in 1943 shortly before he left for active duty in World War II. The two divorced in 1947.

Modeling career:
Following her divorce, Page worked briefly in San Francisco, and in Haiti as a secretary for a furniture company. After leaving that job, she moved to New York City, where she intended to find work as an actress. In the meantime, she supported herself working once again as a secretary. While she appeared in some Off-Broadway plays in 1956, Page found her fame and success in glamour modeling; first for camera clubs and later for commercial redistribution. She learned about camera club modeling through a chance encounter in 1950 with Jerry Tibbs on a deserted Coney Island beach. Tibbs also suggested that she add bangs to her hairstyle, which soon became her trademark look.
In the late 1940s, men formed what were known as camera clubs as a means of circumventing legal restrictions on the production of nude photos. These clubs ostensibly existed to promote artistic photography. However, many of them were merely fronts for the production of erotic photographs. When Page entered the field of glamour photography she did so as a popular camera club model. Her lack of inhibition and ability to express great joy in posing made her an instant hit. Her name and image became quickly known in the erotic photography industry, and in 1951 her image appeared on the cover of men's magazines with names like Eyeful, Wink, Titter, Black Nylons, and Beauty Parade. At the same time she posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with pin-up, bondage or sado-masochistic themes, making her the first famous bondage model.
Not only did Page enjoy posing nude, she loved going barefoot to the beach. In 1954, during one of her annual pilgrimages to Miami, Florida, Page met Bunny Yeager. At that time Page was the top pin-up model in New York, and Yeager a former model and aspiring photographer. Yaeger signed Page for a photo session at the now closed African 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 Bettie herself.
After Bunny Yeager sent shots of Bettie to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, Hefner featured Page as the January 1955 Playmate of the Month, the centerfold model for the two-year-old Playboy magazine. Bettie also became one of Hefner's obsessions. When Page was nearly forced to file for bankruptcy, it was Hefner who bailed her out.
While pin up and glamour models frequently have careers measured in months, Page was in demand for several years, continuing to model until 1957. Although she frequently posed in the nude, she never appeared in scenes with explicit sexual content. While she formed a personal relationship with Hugh Hefner, Page did not always welcome the advances of wealthy and powerful men. When Howard Hughes, movie maker and billionaire, sent her a letter asking to meet her, she declined.
The reasons reported for her departure from pin-up, glamour, and fetish modeling vary. Some authorities state she was burnt out and her marriage to Armand Walterson in 1958 was the cause - however, she had quit modeling before the marriage. Others mention the "Kefauver Hearings" of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, which ended Irving Klaw's bondage and S&M mail-order photography business. The most obvious reason for her "disappearance" from modeling was her conversion to Christianity while living in Florida in 1957, after which she severed all contact with her prior life. For many years, the last generally known facts of her life were the divorce from Walterson in the early 1960s and that she was working for a Christian organization.

The Bettie Page revival:
In 1976, Eros Publishing Co. published A Nostalgic Look at Bettie Page, a mixture of photos from the 1950s. 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. 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.
In the early 1980s, comic book talent Dave Stevens based the female love interest of his hero Cliff Secord (alias "The Rocketeer") on Page. In 1987, Greg Theakston started a fanzine called The Betty Pages and recounted tales of her life, in particular, the camera club days. For the next seven years the magazine sparked a world-wide 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 Bettie movement and wrote numerous articles about her, more often than not with the help of Theakston. Since almost all of her photos were in the public domain, dozens of people launched related products and cashed-in on the craze.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous did a segment on Page, as did Entertainment Tonight. Bettie, 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. Betty Page's editor, Greg Theakston, contacted her and did an extensive interview for The Betty Page Annuals V.2. Having nothing more to say on the topic, Theakston discontinued the publication.
Shortly after, 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 her likeness, Dark Horse Comics published, in the 1990s, a comic based on her fictional adventures. 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. In Spain, humor magazine "El Jueves" runs a weekly comic, "Clara de noche", the main character of which is directly inspired by Page.
Many modern-day Bettie-inspired models such as Bernie Dexter, Dita Von Teese, and Nina Elizabeth Page (no relation) are revered for their classic beauty and resemblance to Bettie Page. Actress Musetta Vander was deliberately made up to resemble Page playing the whip-wielding "Lash" in the science fiction film Oblivion as well as its sequel. Another actress sporting a Page-inspired look is Pauley Perrette, who plays a quirky Goth forensic scientist on the TV series NCIS. Alexis Payne and countless other underground fetish film performers continue to copy Page's trademark severe bangs, dominatrix outfits and attitude displayed in the Irving Klaw photos.
A biographical movie, The Notorious Bettie Page, was released in 2005 and shown in theaters in 2006. It is based on the story of Bettie Page from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s and stars Gretchen Mol as the adult Bettie.
Numerous musicians have also written songs with a Bettie Page theme, including Paul Spencer, Bile, Royal Crown Revue, The Creepshow and Buzz Campell.
Many of Page's short films have been reissued to DVD, as have her appearances in films such as Teaserama. Recent made-for-DVD documentaries about her include Bettie Page Uncovered and Bettie Page: The Girl in the Leopard Print Bikini.
In 2006 Bettie Page and Halo Guitars collaborated to produce a limited run of custom guitars. They were released at the 2007 Winter NAMM show in southern California. One hundred will be hand-made by luthier Waylon Ford, painted by the artist Pamelina H., and some will be signed by Bettie Page.

The years out of the spotlight:
This renewed attention raised the inevitable question: What had happened to Bettie Page since the late 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. 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. She found herself drawn to the mixed race 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 School of the Bible and, briefly, a Christian retreat known as "Bibletown", part of the Boca Raton Community Church, Boca Raton, Florida. During the 1960s she attempted to become a Christian missionary in Africa but was rejected for having had a divorce.
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. Her biography described a woman who dealt head-on with adversity, always looking forward, never looking back. It told how she had remarried her first husband in order to become a missionary; neither the remarriage nor her missionary work were successful. She married a third time in 1967 to a man named Harry Lear in Florida, divorcing him in 1972. At the time of her celebrity revival, Page was living an impoverished life in California, unaware of the public's renewed interest.
Another biography, The Real Bettie Page: The Truth about the Queen of Pinups written by Richard Foster and published in 1997, told a less happy tale. It detailed numerous accounts of violence on her part against her third husband, her two step-children and others. It revealed several stays in mental institutions, the last being Patton State Hospital in Highland, California from 1983 to 1992. It also furnished information that Page had still not received all of the money due to her since her rediscovery.

Foster's book immediately provoked attacks from her fans, including Hefner and Harlan Ellison, as well as a statement from Page that it was "full of lies". However, Steve Brewster, founder of the Bettie Scouts of America fan club, has stated that it is not as unsympathetic as the book's reputation makes 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 a late-1990s interview, Page stated she would not allow any current pictures of her to be shown because of concerns about her weight. In 2003, however, she changed her mind and allowed a publicity picture to be taken of her for the August 2003 edition of Playboy. 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. Once again, she declined to be photographed, saying that she would rather be remembered as she was.
In 1996, Bettie Page did grant an exclusive one-on-one TV interview to entertainment reporter Tim Estiloz for a short-lived NBC morning magazine program Real Life. The interview was granted as part of Page's participation in publicizing her biography, Bettie Page: The Life Of A Pin-Up Legend. The interview featured her voice reminiscing about her career and relating many insightful anecdotes about her personal life, as well as photos from Bettie's own personal collection. At Page's request, her face was not shown during the interview. The video of the interview was broadcast only once, but recently resurfaced on YouTube under the title, "REAL Bettie Page TV Interview: Her Life In Her OWN Words". In 2007, Bettie's CMG Worldwide publicity representative stated that he believes Estiloz' interview is possibly the only time Bettie Page ever granted a lengthy, in-depth, one-on-one television interview about her life.
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