Monday, October 23, 2006

Bettie Page - Girl With the Perfect Figure

Bettie Page aka the Girl with the Perfect Figure. 36 - 24 -36½

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.

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