Sunday, December 31, 2006
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Friday, December 29, 2006
From the web site "Bud Planet" there is a fascinating article about Bettie ...In The Life of a Pin-Up Legend, Stevens expounded on Betties appeal:
"She has an indescribable quality that separates her from all the other models of that time,” Stevens said. “You get a sense of pure joy from her, as though she just came alive for the camera and gave it her all. There's a timeless quality about her that gives her images a real currency even though they were shot some 40 years ago. It's an amazing feat, to be able to bridge time the way she does. She is embraced by both sexes, and she's become a role model for young women -- a maverick who did as she pleased without concern for the social restrictions of the time. Bettie was bold and independent when women just weren't allowed to be that. That's an admirable, risky quality that can invite trouble. Her image will still be around long after we're gone."
It's especially intriguing that on the final page of The Life of a Pin-Up Legend, the authors quote a psychologist who studies facial appearance. The comments of Professor Michael Cunningham are a fascinating explanation of the ageless appeal of Bettie Page: "I took nine measurements of Bettie Page's features using an electronic micrometer, and then standardized those measures as ratios to the size of the head, I compared Bettie's facial metrics to a database containing measurements of both other stars and of uncelebrated women,” Cunningham said. “The numbers confirmed what most pin-up viewers might intuitively perceive. The height and width of Bettie Page's eyes were much greater than average, giving her the appearance of child-like innocence and playfulness. That effect was compounded by her very large smile, and her eyebrows, which were set higher than average. The combination of child-like and expressive features made her face appear both open and non-threatening."
Had Bettie's cheekbones and chin been larger, she might have seemed intimidatingly beautiful. But those features were in the normal range, so the overall appearance is not that of an unobtainable ice princess, but rather that of a pleasant and eager-to-please girl next door. Bettie's long-term appeal may be due, in part, to the contrast between her facial appearance and that of her body and apparel. Her face gives the impression of a sweet and wholesome girl who would not turn a guy down for a date or make him feel inadequate. At the same time, her black lace and sensuous pose suggest that the date will not be limited to a chat at the malt shop and a chaste kiss at the door. The perception of sweetness and sexuality, of pleasure without threat, may capture the heart of the ambivalent 20th Century American man."
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Their site has a short concise blurb about our Bettie . . . From their site verbatim, I give you the following:
"Bettie Page has been immortalized in bronze sculpture, song lyrics, paintings, comic books, and enough tattoo ink to flood a swimming pool. As the many tributes testify, the Nashville native reigns as an American pop culture icon. The 1950s pinup queen was born the second of five children to Roy and Edna Page in Nashville, April 22, 1923. Bettie's early years were spent drifting throughout the South with her family as her father searched for employment. In 1933 Edna left Roy and moved back to Nashville, where she supported her children as a hairdresser.
Assessing her future possibilities, Page decided that education was her only means of escape from the poverty and instability she had known since birth. She excelled as a student at Hume-Fogg High School and graduated in 1940 as salutatorian, earning a scholarship to George Peabody College for Teachers. After graduating with a teaching degree, Page decided a career in education was not for her. She began to travel, making a living with secretarial work in San Francisco, Miami Beach, Haiti, and New York.
At Coney Island in 1950 Page met amateur photographer Jerry Tibbs, who took her first pinup photographs and convinced her to cut her famous bangs. She began modeling for camera clubs part time, soon becoming a favorite of "gentlemen's magazines." The most infamous of Page's photographs were taken by Paula and Irving Klaw. Clad in leather, six-inch heels, metal cones, ball gags, or other fetish regalia, Bettie teased and spanked her way through hundreds of photo sessions and a few short films. After the Klaws were investigated in 1957 by a U.S. Senate subcommittee led by Tennessee's Estes Kefauver, Page left modeling. In 1959 the ex-pinup devoted the rest of her life to the Christian faith. Bettie Page now lives in California, declining offers to be photographed, while the web page supported by her and her brother Jack adds to the mystique that attracts a new generation of admirers."
Brenda Colladay, Nashville
Suggested Reading(s): Karen Essex and James L. Swanson, Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend (1996); Bunny Yeager, Betty Page Confidential (1994).
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Page rarely allows herself to be photographed because she wants people to remember her the way she was; a fresh-faced and a young beautiful woman. However, she did allow a photograph to be taken for the August 2003 edition of Playboy. Her hair had turned steel gray. Her face was fuller but still attractive and her eyes still sparkled. Perhaps most significantly, Betty Page is still wearing short bangs and smiling.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
As stated in my 1st post, Bettie is now a "born again Christian," and in keeping an honest and respectful approach, (no nudity or very little on this blog) out of respect for her -- I have only posted her head shot
: ) Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 22, 2006
Full name : Bettie Mae Page
Birth date : April 22, 1923
Born : Nashville, Tennessee
Height : 5 feet 5 1/2 inches
Marriages : Billy Neal (1943 - 1947), Armond Walterson (1958 - 1963) and Harry
Lear (1967 - 1972)
Children : none
Hair color : black
Eye color : blue-gray
Measurements : 36-23-35
Education : Bachelor of Arts degree from Peabody College
Favorite actress : Bette Davis in Dark Victory
:: In 1955 she won the title "Miss Pin-up Girl of the World."
:: In January 1955, she was the centerfold in Playboy’s January issue.
:: She was nicknamed the "Girl with the Perfect Figure."
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Anyone into the retro, rockabilly or 40’s/50’s look either wants to look like Bettie Page or has a significant other who wishes their better half could look like Bettie Page … I’m no different, I want Bettie Page Bangs…. Here are 2 ways that I found to go about it:
For the Betty Paige, have someone else cut your hair. When your hair is wet, gather the bangs in a semi circle going from two inches above your hair line and extending down toward the top of your temples. Gather the rest of your hair back, and comb your bangs forward. Cut your hair over the line of your
eyebrows, curving the cut up to the center of the temples. Take a curling brush and blow dry hair so that it curls under in the front. Spray it medium-light
into position so it is smooth and shiny. Take a large crimper and crimp all hair down, spraying lightly as you crimp down. Take a curling iron and curl under the ends, spraying medium-light to hold them in place.
or you can try the 2nd way: You don’t need to do as much as you think. Getting them cut correctly is a start. Do that 1st. Use a straightener instead of a curling iron. Just turn your wrist on the end.
NOTE: Try this at your own risk….. I haven’t …. I said “I want Bettie Page Bangs,” but I am smart enough to know that I just don’t think I can pull it off…… only Bettie can : )
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I found this on "Got Tiki?" which is geared toward classic and modern Polynesian pop. Check their site out. I believe this is a wallpaper graphic that was made ... I find it amazing how talented people are and how artistic they can be .....
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The Notorious Bettie Page
The cult pin-up idol Bettie Page gets the full-fledged biopic treatment in The Notorious Bettie Page, a movie that somehow seems as tame and innocent as the naughty photographs Bettie made in the 1950s. After a few scenes of Bettie growing up, the film quickly leads us to her more-or-less glory years, when she posed for countless peekaboo photos and some nudie films. These would make her an underground star for decades--long after she gave up modeling for religion, in fact. Gretchen Mol, a premature starlet in a redemptive role, does nicely at suggesting Bettie's too-trusting nature, maintaining her equipoise in a sleazy world. Her nude scenes are as liberated and no-sweat as those old nudist films always wanted people to believe. Director Mary Harron plays most of the film in the black-and-white that Bettie thrived in, which seems fitting enough (although the Kodachrome-bright color interludes are welcome). There's an air of "Ed Wood" about the project, and Harron maintains a similarly jovial tone, but the film does have a tendency to fall into the and-then-this-happened metronome rhythm of film biography. Even a promising venture into the Senate hearings on pornography is a minor joke. Jared Harris and Lili Taylor, veterans of Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol," play colorful characters out of the grindhouse world, but few supporting players get a chance to make an impression. The main draw is Mol's commitment to the role and the film's goofy re-creation of a most peculiar subculture at an unlikely time. --Robert Horton Product DescriptionIn an incandescent performance, Gretchen Mol (The Shape of Things) stars as Bettie Page, who grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie?s legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into an erotic icon who continues to enthrall fans to this day. Complemented by an ensemble cast of acclaimed actors, such as David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) and Lili Taylor (High Fidelity), the film brings to vivid life Bettie?s fascinating world.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I'm still baffled by it all, to say the least. I have never heard of any pin-up model, fashion model, actress or what have you who, after forty years or so, has gotten more popular, more publicity and more money than when they were doing the modeling. I really can't explain it at all. I have many fans -- even among teenagers, even among young girls -- who claim I'm their inspiration and I've changed their lives and everything. It's very flattering and uplifting and I enjoy it.
Are you flattered by any and all of the work that's been done or recreated in your honor, or do you find any of it odd or misplaced?
So bondage and fetishism was never your shtick, so to speak?
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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Monday, November 20, 2006
In the early Eighties, Comic Book talent Dave Stevens based the love life of his hero Cliff Secord alias “The Rocketeer” on Bettie. A fanzine was started called The Betty Pages and recounted tales of the camera club days. When Bettie asked the fan club to stop — it did.
This question was inevitably answered 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 briefly, in order to satisfy requirements so she could become a missionary; neither the remarriage nor her missionary work was a success. She married a third time in 1967 to one Harry Lear in Florida, divorcing him in 1972. At the time of the rebirth of her celebrity, Page was living penniless in California, unaware of her renewed celebrity. She hoped that with the efforts of her co-author and agent, James Swanson, she would be seeing some financial reward for this renewed attention.
Dark Horse Comics published a comic based on her fictional adventures in the 1990s after Jim Silke did a large format comic featuring her likeness.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
In a recent interview, Page has stated she will not allow any current pictures of her to be shown, because she is 25 to 30 pounds overweight. A friend believes the reason for her reluctance is more likely insecurity. "If your grandmother looked like Bettie does today, you'd be thrilled. Her eyes still sparkle. She really looks like her old self.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Karen Essex (Moderator): Martha asks: Do you see people on the streets copying your style or wearing your shirts?
Bettie Page: I know that models have on the runways. They claim that I'm an instigator of a lot of the styles. I never kept up with the fashions. I believed in wearing what I thought looked good on me. Do you know that I have a good friend, I've never met her -- April Stevens -- she won a Bettie Page look-a-like contest. She always sends me pictures and videos, but she doesn't look a bit like me. the black hair and bangs is the only thing. If she reads this, she'll feel bad. I just though of that. oops.
Karen Essex: stacy asks: What do you think of Madonna? Why do you think sex sells?
Bettie Page: I think Madonna is highly overrated if you want my opinion. She has a very nice figure and is a good singer but has something to be desired with her looks in the face. Sex sells...it's been selling for years and years, again, it's highly overrated. There are other things in life besides sex. You lose your desire for it once you reach a certain age. though I still love to look at pictures of beautiful bodies -men and women.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thus, I wanted to lay out what my goal for this Blog is. It is geared towards the positive aspects of Bettie Page's "commercial" life. Her days of modeling and film prior to "leaving it all behind." I don't want to focus on any of the negatives or the full nudity. I was actually thinking about this over the past few days. In viewing so many Blogs, articles and web pages about the famous Ms. Page, everyone gets into the nitty gritty of everything about her. If you look around the 'net, you will easily find the nude photos, photos of her at age 80+, and alleged indications of martial strife, mental illness (schizophrenia), battery, mug shots and jail time. While freedom of the press is what the US is all about, I am wondering where the public should draw the line. Afterall, what the public is really interested in is the retro Betty of the 50's, yet there is a morbid interest in the afterwards, the downslides, etc. While that may be fine and good, for some; I think it may be more appropriate to recognize that Ms. Page has repeatedly stated that she doesn't want to be photographed in the present, and she wants people to remember her as she was. And, I have decided that I am going to try to respect her wishes, and I hope I can do it correctly. Ms. Page is a born again Christian who lives in seclusion and prefers to live her life this way. I don't want to in anyway invade her life in a disrespectful way. I am thinking that there comes a time where a person's life is theirs and it's none of my business what transpired after her career. It's Ms. Page's life not mine and I don't know what she is feeling inward. Sometimes you do want to put the past behind you and it is hard to do so if you have been in the public eye. I would like to instead focus on the positive, the joy and the beauty of Ms. Page during her photo/film career.
And, while I am ranting I want to take this opportunity to focus on Schizophrenia. As I stated above, in other web sites there has been mention that Ms. Page may have been afflicted with the disease. I have no idea if she had schizophrenia or not, but the insinuation has been "put out there." And since I personally know 2 people who have different variations of this disease, I would like to offer some information I came across to anyone who wants to know more. First, it's not what everyone thinks. There are many versions of Schizophrenia. Not everyone is homeless and not everyone hears voices. Some do. Some don't. And, the disease is better treated today than it was even 10 years ago. I know that when the people I know were diagnosed, my first thought was that it was akin to a "death" sentence. However, I am finding out that it's not. Both of these people are holding jobs and although they have to take medication, and both have different problems with the disease, it is not like what you see on T.V.
Again, I came across this fabulous website with the below information, and it helped me to understand a little better what it is and is not, so I offer it up to you. And, like my rant about my blog in the first paragraph, since I don't have the disease I am speaking from what I have read or seen, not from what I have lived, and I think therein is the difference. I hope this will
add a little insight as to what it can be like .... I don't know, I guess I just don't want people to take everything at face value or to judge. Here is the info:
View a multimedia slideshow of highlights of the pharmacy simulation
• National Schizophrenia Foundation
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
After her disappearance in the 50's her image slowly started turning up in the media. You would see her on flyers for movies, comics, or album covers, with her image on it, or women that look overwhelmingly similar. The more these images started appearing the more collectors started to dig up old photo's and magazines, and wonder what happened to Bettie Page, and were did she go? In the early to mid 90's her mania was reaching a fever pitch, and no one knew anything about her past 1957.
The break was on an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, When Betties brother appeared with an audio tape with Bettie on it. Proclaiming she was alive and well and didn't understand what all the fuss was about. Amazingly that is how Bettie remains to this day, still very private preferring not to be photographed or filmed.
Bettie will always live on. She has appeared in more magazine covers than Marilyn Monroe, and Cindy Crawford combined. Bettie is the definitive model of the century.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
At first Page posed for camera clubs, sometimes in the nude, because the photographs were not to be published. In 1951 her image appeared on the cover of men's magazines with names like Eyeful, Wink, Titter, Black Nylons, or Beauty Parade. At the same time she posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with a bondage or sado-masochistic theme, making her the first famous bondage model.
Monday, November 06, 2006
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Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Fetish is mainstream. Naughty '50s pin-up Bettie Page has had a cinematic resurrection. And the lingerie department at the well known and tasteful Henri Bendel's in New York has noticed and complied with sexed up mannequins with blindfolds. And according to The New York Times, mainstream designers like Marc Jacobs and John Galliano routinely collaborate with a notorious London bondage boutique. Which brings up the noticeable . . . Bettie Page is making a difference with fashion, style and "the look," both on the front lines and back rooms at designer houses and stores. Furthermore, the "Bettie" look is alive and well for Halloween costumes! For a tasteful treat visit this terrific art site to view Arleynd's work: (Art created by Arleynd ( http://www.Moonchild30.com )) I think she did a fabulous and unique job on this photo.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Born April 22 1923, Nashville, TN. Sad and very hard childhood which also included a stint in an orphanage. She graduated top in her class, was the salutatorian of high school class, voted Most Likely to Succeed. In 1950, while walking on Coney Island, met Jerry Tibbs, a police officer and amateur photographer who put together her first portfolio (and suggested her trademark bangs). Quickly became most popular pinup in America.
1955 Playboy centerfold, Miss Pin-Up Girl of the Year. Declined date with Howard Hughes. Was forced to testify before Congress about bondage photos, after which government destroyed negatives of many of her prints.
Quit modeling in 1957, tried to live domestic life, entered religious seminary, worked as Christian missionary, plagued with mental problems & institutionalized. Currently living in Southern California. In 1980s, Dave Stevens used Page as inspiration for heroine of Rocketeer comic strip.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Bettie Page Rockin'!
Bettie Page Dances to the oddball Netherlands New Wave band Gruppo Sportivo featuring
Frank Zappa on Guitar. And it actually looks pretty cool!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
"Then the 82-year-old icon drops a bombshell.
"I was always trying the best I could," she says on a live, televised conference call. "I've been told over the years that most people liked my smile. I used to imagine that the camera was my boyfriend and I was making love to my boyfriend through the camera." The living legend continues: "So, if I look sexy in some of the photos, that's why." For a woman who arguably paved the way for the sexual revolution of the 1960s, Page is oddly humble. In fact, her words are almost self-deprecating. "I wasn't that pretty," she says, directly addressing comparisons to her and Marilyn Monroe. "I never had good skin like Marilyn. Because I had sensitive skin I couldn't even wash my face with a washcloth because it would be red and blotchy. I had large, large pores and I used to wear pancake makeup to cover it." (Original Article found here)
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Bettie Page played dress-up and displayed her god-given "talent," thus as she put is "freed herself from male oppression, even while playing into it. "Adam and Eve were naked in the Garden of Eden," she would reply when asked how she could pose nude.
In the new DVD "The Notorious Bettie Page" there is actually a color clip of the real Bettie Page taking off her clothes. It's very, very almost innocent by today's standards, but when you watch the actress Gretchen Mol (who plays Bettie Page), Mol, captures Bettie's innocence.
Page, set off a firestorm in the 50's. It was during this time that U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver was spearheading Congressional pressure on the those taking photos of Page. Kefauver was too late. The seeds of the sexual revolution of the '60s had already been sown, there was no stopping it with or without Page.
If you think about it, what is truly funny, the fetish outfits Bettie wore then are fashionable today, the only difference, there is no innocence or liberation in wearing them today. It is simply fashion today.
In 1957, Page turned to Jesus, but she wasn't ashamed of what she had done. After Adam and Eve sinned, she noted, they put clothes on.