Monday, December 31, 2007

Bettie Page Hospitalized Christmas Week

I just read that Bettie Page was hospitalized Christmas week for pneumonia.

From Steve at

Dear Scouts, Your prayers are working. I just got a call from the hospital 3:58pm cst 12/27/07. Bettie does indeed have pneumonia but her condition is stabilized. Her care giver said this is very good news! They are giving her oxygen and treating her with antibiotics and even though she also has a kidney infection he is optimistic on her recovery. I’ll let you know as I hear more. Whatever you’re doing , keep it up! And Thanks to so very many of you for your calls and emails. Bettie forever…Scoutmaster Steve

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bettie Page's Playboy Christmas Pose ... 1955

Legendary pin-up model Bettie Page debuted in Playboy in 1955, trimming a Christmas tree and, in the words of Edgren, “wearing naught but a Santa Claus hat and a smile.” At the time, Page — a nice, studious, Christian girl from Nashville — had established herself as a favourite model of the era’s amateur photography clubs (which, because they didn’t sell their pictures, could get away with shooting more skin) and saucy men’s magazines like Wink and Modern Sunbathing. She is now the subject of Mary Harron’s new film The Notorious Bettie Page. Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho) delves into Page’s semi-lucrative sideline in the kinky bondage films and shoe fetish magazines produced by the brother-and-sister team of Irving and Paula Klaw (portrayed by Chris Bauer and Lili Taylor with good-natured, “oy vey!”-sputtering, brisket-chomping delight). Despite a traumatic past that included incest and gang rape, Page (a game Gretchen Mol in a shiny black wig) is almost freakishly innocent of the meaning of what she’s doing. When her boyfriend balks at one of her naughtier photo spreads, she assures him that she’s just playing dress-up for the Klaws’s “very nice, very respectable” clientele. And when a sleazy photographer asks how she balances her career with her faith, she says that Adam and Eve were naked in Eden, and God gave her a gift for making people happy by posing nude. So what’s a girl to do? (article found here)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Bettie Page Montage Tribute

A Tribute to Bettie Page I made set to "Black Betty"- by Spiderbait

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Get the Pinup Look - Step By Step

Here is how makeup artist Nicki Ledermann turned actress Gretchen Mol in iconic pin-up girl Bettie Page for the movie, The Notorious Bettie Page.

  • Skin Care: Shu Uemura rosewater toner, Epicuren Step 6 moisturizer, La Mer body lotion.

  • Foundation: Uslu Airlines airbrush foundation applied with an Uslu Airlines airbrush.

  • Shading: Bobbi Brown Taupe blush to enhance cheekbones, chin.

  • Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage under the foundation.

  • Powder: MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark.

  • Cheeks: Armani Sheer Blush #2 mixed with MAC Pinch’a’cheek.

  • Eye Shadow: Stila in Shell all over lid and Bobbi Brown’s Taupe in crease to lift lid.

  • Eye Liner: Bobbi Brown eyeliner gel in Black.

  • Brows: Bliss pencil in Brown.

  • Mascara: Kevyn Aucoin volumizing mascara in Black.

  • Lips: Shiseido lipstick in Red #10 with matching Shiseido lip pencil.
    Source: Makeup and Grace Magazine

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bettie Page ... Always Picture Perfect

Interesting picture of Bettie page found on Thinks Happen. Looks perhaps like a yearbook picture. And, for the record, the mystique of her influence and style, her look, thrives today. She had more magazine appearances than Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford combined according to the fine book on her life by Karen Essex and James L. Swanson. At the height of her career she disappeared. She lives in anonymity and seclusion today.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Bettie Page ... Friend of the Camera

Bettie Page loved the camera and the camera loved her. With her perfect 36-24-35 figure, blue eyes and long hair, the "Queen of Curves" would both shock and delight her fans with her saucy poses. At the height of her fame, there was no getting away from Page - she appeared in countless magazines, her image splashed on everything from record albums to playing cards. In 1955, she was voted "Miss Pin-up Girl of the World" and won a coveted Playboy centrefold spot. But Page's appeal wasn't just about sex, for she brought an innocence to her steamy pictures. She was the ultimate fantasy: the girl next door who'd say yes. As Playboy magazine put it, Page had a look that "suggested forbidden fruit as well as apple pie".

On the surface, Page seemed a simple proposition - a nice girl from the country who viewed posing naked as a fun adventure. But behind her sunny smile, she was a woman of contradictions - a bright, intelligent college graduate who went from one failed relationship to another and then, quite suddenly at the height of her fame, disappeared.

But despite Page's withdrawal from the public eye, fame did not desert her. On the contrary, she became a cult figure, her image continuing to appear on everything from matchboxes to T-shirts, her legend growing stronger with the passing years.

"She's the most attractive woman who ever lived, " says Steve Brewster, president of the official Bettie Page fan club. "I've had hundreds of letters from men who say once you lay eyes on her, you're magnetised. "

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fascinating Article on Bettie by Ellsworth Boyd

Fascinating article from Bettieville about Bettie's last pictures (Source):

"The year was 1957. I was lifeguarding in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, one of a dozen Ocean City, Maryland Beach Patrol nomads who made the sunshine state pilgrimage in the late 1950s and early 1960s. There weren't many lives to save in the calm waves off this party town that one of the guys dubbed, "Ft. Liquordale." The beach was the focal point of social activity, and pretty girls were as bountiful as seashells on a shoreline that stretched more than five miles from Port Everglades to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. But of all the girls I had seen in my six-month beach tenure, none were more beautiful nor more stunning than Bettie Page.
-- Ellsworth Boyd Skin Diver 50th Anniversary Edition" Read whole article here.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Jungle Girls Art Gallery -- Great site of comic art!

Found a great site today: Jungle Girls Gallery at

A nice personal collection of comic art with a jungle girl theme. He collects any and all orginal comic art with jungle girls and when he can't find any, he commission his favorite artists to make some.

It's a wonderful site and I promise you will spend more than a few moments looking at it : )

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Halo Custom Guitars ...Guitar Makers Focus On Dark Sub-Genres

A guitar with Bettie Page painted on the body is held by owner Waylon Ford at Halo Custom Guitars, Inc. in Cupertino, Calif.. (JEFF CHIU / AP / June 19, 2007) (source)

Beautiful, isn't it.

"Regular heavy metal music can cover the usual topics of scorn and despair, while the death metal sub-genre leans heavily on growled vocals and themes such as Satanism and dark mythology.Both are an important niche for electric guitar manufacturers like 5-year-old Halo. It sold 200 guitars its first year in business and now sells 200 to 300 a month in direct sales and another 200 per month to dealers, said co-founder Waylon Ford."Ever since we started making more outrageous designs, we started selling more guitars," he said. "We really owe a lot to the metal genre." Read the whole story here)

Bettie Page on her Hair

"For years I had my hair parted down the middle in a ponytail, tucked down around the sides... Well, I went and cut the bangs, and I've been wearing them ever since. They say it's my trademark." ~ Bette Page

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hair, Hair, Give me a head with hair....

Gimme a head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there hair
Shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there mama
Everywhere daddy daddy

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

Let it fly in the breeze
And get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas
A hive for bees
A nest for birds
There ain't no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Of my... Hair (~ Cowsills)

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Bettie Page Quote

Bettie: (about her second husband) Six weeks into the marriage, on New Year's Eve 1959, I wanted to go dancing with him at a nightclub. He said he'd rather get drunk with his brothers.

"All I can say is, "silly man : ) "

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bettie Page Video ... What a great smile!

What a great smile!

Bettie ... early education

Bettie Page's early years included attending Hume-Fog High School, where she made straight A's, participated in the debate club and school plays. Bettie also worked on the school newspaper and yearbook. When she graduated in 1940, is said that she was "crushed" to have barely missed being named valedictorian by .25%, which ultimately cost her the opportunity of a 4 year scholarship at Vanderbilt University. Bettie enrolled in the Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville on a "Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship." She graduated with a B.A. degree in 1944.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Bettie Page Art Doll by Kim Jelley ... Gorgeous

JUST GORGEOUS!!!!!! I came across Mr. Jelley's site and his work is absolutely amazing. Well worth taking a break to look at his work / art.

Art Dolls by Kim's Kreations Kim Jelley

Queen of Pin Up is a one of a kind portrait doll of Ms. Bettie Page. Entirely hand sculpted by artist Kim Jelley.

Va Va Vooom! One of the most recognized Pin Up girls from the 1950's, this raven haired beauty is absolutely the queen of them all! Full of movement and expression, Kim Jelley has truly captured Bettie's vivacious spirit and sensuous beauty with this captivating one of a kind portrait doll.

Queen of Pin Up — Ms. Bettie Page
A one-of-a-kind portrait doll
Copyright ©2004 Kim Jelley

9" high x 7" wide Puppen Fimo® and Premo® on steel armature Not for sale

Queen of Pin Up has been meticulously hand sculpted onto a custom made steel armature. Featuring hand painted blue eyes, luscious red lips and hand styled black wavy mohair, down to every last detail, including Bettie's signature bangs. Her removable 2 piece leopard bikini was hand made and painted.

Ms. Bettie Page is still alive and well at age 81. Kim was recently able to send Bettie some photos of her portrait doll. Bettie received them and stated that they were "delightful"!

Queen of Pin Up has also been featured, along with Kim's other creations, in a new book recently published in 2004, entitled Contemporary American Doll Artists and Their Dolls by Kathryn Witt.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Chat: Richard Foster, Author of "The Real Bettie Page

This is a great piece... I believe it is probably a few years old... but still informative:

Question from Cosmo: How and when did Bettie go missing?

Richard Foster: At about the time she went missing she was subpoenaed to speak before a congressional subcommittee, looking into the bondage-suicide of a Boy Scout in Florida. It was sort of a witch hunt. Frightened off by that, Bettie left New York City and her modeling career forever. After a brief detour in Florida, she found religion again, and began attending Bible colleges. From there, she met her third husband, a man named Harry Lear. And that's where my book starts getting interesting.

Click here for rest of article

Monday, June 25, 2007

Bonnie Grrl (A Proclaimed Bettie Page Wanna Be) : )

Check out Bonnie Grrl's Live journal.... she is a self proproted "Bettie Page Wanna Be" : ) -- A really cute site! The photo at left is very charming (A portrait of myself and Yoda pretending to be Bettie Page, drawn by Star Wars artist Randy Martinez.)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Converse Men's All Star Sailor Jerry Hi

Got ink(TM) These cool new special editon Chuck Taylor All Stars from Converse do! Legendary tattoo artist Sailor Jerry® lends his bold design expertise to these Chucks, with the canvas upper getting great tattoo inspired artwork. Rubber toe bumper, full lace up front, signature logo detailing, soft fabric lining. Cushioned comfort insole, striped vulcanized midsole, traction outsole. Has the "poison" picture on the side that more than slightly resembles Bettie Page.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Bettie Page Live Chat from 1998

Great interview transcript with Bettie Page and Nashville's City Search from 1998. Still worth reading : ) Click here: Bettie Page Interview

Friday, May 25, 2007

For the Love of Opera Gloves ... and Yes Bettie Page Wore Them ... ALOT : )

Opera gloves you question .... Yes, Bettie Page Wore them. If you want to see her wear them click on the Bettie Page Gallery.
"For more on opera gloves .. which is actually quite interesting visit For the Love of Opera Gloves Main Page. . Here, you will find many galleries of high-quality images, historical information and commentary, and links to vendors of opera gloves and other types of evening gloves.

The opera glove has been recognized for well over a century as one of the foremost symbols of feminine elegance and sensuality. The very sight of a kidskin, suede, satin or lame glove embracing the hand and arm of a woman sends a powerful conscious and subconscious signal that the wearer is a woman of style, elegance, passion, power and sexuality. Ever since over-the-elbow gloves were first widely worn by women during the Regency and Napoleonic era at the beginning of the 19th century, and especially since "The Divine Sarah", Sarah Bernhardt, introduced the mousquetaire to America in the 1870s, the opera glove, on the arms of beautiful women, has been reducing male viewers to puddles of mush.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Renee Zellweger poses as Bettie Page

Interesting... Renee Zellweger poses as Bettie Page (pics and source found here)

Sunday, May 20, 2007

You can get your "Bettie on" : )

It's hard to "Bettie" merchandise with new pictures... so I was pleasantly surprised to come across a company that sells "Bettie" T-shirts, lanyards,keychains... basically the works.. AND, they still have the Nurse Bettie, Devil Bettie items as well. Worth checking out if you want to get your Bettie on : ) Bettie Page Buttons, T-shirts & More

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Tennesse Women with a Checkered Past ... Bettie Page is included : )

Bettie Page (1923-)

In 1955, Bettie Page was named “Miss Pinup Girl of the World.” She was also the Playboy centerfold for January of that same year. She was 32 years old.

Her modeling career began in 1950 when she had a chance encounter with Jerry Tibbs on the beach at Coney Island. Tibbs was responsible for putting together Bettie’s first pinup portfolio.

Over the next several years, Page was introduced to several photographers and had her pictures published in several “gentlemen’s magazines.”

Page’s popularity is attributed to being able to portray both innocence and wickedness and to do so quite comfortably. Though she posed several times in the nude, her most provocative photos are those in which she is partially clothed.

In 1958, Bettie Page retired from the pinup life. In an era where most models of her sort had a career measured in months, hers lasted eight years.

Bettie Page photo courtesy of the Tennesseean. (Source)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bernie Dexter ... Fashion Icon

Bernie Dexter... one of the most popular models for pinup clothing... I thought it might be nice to post her info online for those who don't know who she is (although that would be hard to believe : ) ) If you notice, she is modeling most of the items from our Get Go Retro Site. From her site:

Hi, my name is Bernie Dexter. I am a rockabilly girl who lives the rockabilly lifestyle. I have been modeling for about four years now & enjoying it very much! I draw my inspiration from the music I listen to & culture I surround myself in. One of my favorite performers from the 1950's is Johnny Burnette. I also draw inspiration from vintage girlie magazines & Exotique books that I have collected over the years. John Willie is my favorite exotique artist. I have also always been fascinated with starlets of the silver screen 50s burlesque! When I was a child, I used to tell my mom I wanted to be a movie star! Not the kind from today, but the kind from the glamorous 1940's or 1950's! My mother was a burlesque dancer, so I guess you can say it runs through my veins! I do not do live burlesque, but do love to make home movie dance clips & still photos. As a child, I would stand at my mothers side & watch her apply her make up. I was amazed by the transformation. She even used false eyelashes! I think that is where I learned most of my own make up techniques. However, I am a licensed cosmetologist & worked for M.A.C. Cosmetics in the mid 1990's. M.A.C. is where I learned to be free & creative. Quite often people think I resemble a certain pin up queen Miss B. It is not my intention to emulate her & personally, I NEVER really thought so. She is amazing & one of a kind. I am also one of a kind;)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bettie Page is a Christian Article ...

This is a very interesting piece I found today .... I am posting verbatim:

Bettie Page is a Christian, but you won't find any web pages other than mine that promote her as such. And that's an indictment against Christianity. Miss Page left her career as a pinup and artist's model, indeed she was one of the most photographed women in the world, to become a Christian missionary. In the unforgiving community of evangelical Christianity, where a previous divorce severly limited her options, Miss Page hid the truth about her modeling career and the truth about her childhood and youth. Miss Page had been sexually molested by her father, sexually assaulted by her mother, and sexually brutalized by a group of men that had kidnapped the young model in New York. (Read more)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Burlescapades! Bettie Page Influence Again : ) Lily White

Bubbly striptease? It must be Lily White

MAKE of this what you will. A beautiful redhead appears on stage, perched on a giant silver ice bucket containing a six-foot bottle of Champagne, with balloon bubbles cascading down the side and over her golden Swarovski crystal- embellished body. She toasts the audience, then coquettishly performs a classic balloon-popping striptease in a cloud of golden glitter.

If such a scene was set before you, you’d probably assume you were in Pigalle, the old red-light district of Paris. Or perhaps in one of the many murky clubs on Berlin’s seedy cabaret scene. Neither is true. It’s all happening tonight at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh’s plush George Street.

The venue, of course, is better known for hosting ceilidhs, private functions, wedding parties and Fringe shows. But tonight there will be feather fans and silk stockings, high comedy and slapstick humour, tassel twirling and balloon popping, daring acrobatics and double entendres, as Miss Lily White and London’s famous Whoopee Club present Burlescapades!

“It’s a night when people of all ages and persuasions will be able to dress up, be themselves, and really let go,” smiles White, the UK’s Queen of Burlesque, who will headline the event with the kind of stunning, show-stopping extravaganza that has become her stock in trade.

Born in Australia and brought up in New York , White became obsessed with the glitz, glamour and romance of bygone eras – Paris in the 20s, Berlin in the 30s, Hollywood in the 40s. Her unusual upbringing in one of the most exciting cities in the world found her surrounded by artists, musicians, performers, drag queens, intellectuals, dreamers and divas.

“There was never a dull moment,” she recalls. “My parents were always getting evicted for not paying the rent and we even lived briefly in a theatre costume storeroom, where I spent many happy hours trying on wonderful outfits and taking bows to imaginary rapturous applause.”
After moving to London to study dance and drama in the late 1990s, White took a few trips back to the Big Apple, where she became aware of Lily St Cyr and Bettie Page, a famous stripper and a much-loved pin-up and bondage model.

If she couldn’t go back in time, the next best thing would be to recreate the style, elegance and humour of those past times in her own burlesque performances. “When I came back to London from New York I started to watch St Cyr and Page repeatedly, and learned all their moves and mannerisms,” she recalls.“Then I started to go into cabaret clubs around London to ask if I could do burlesque dancing. I told them that I wanted to put on some gold underwear and then take it off.”

As the burlesque cabaret boom grew, so did White’s reputation as its star attraction. According to the entertainer, who has just been nominated for Best Female Performer 2007 in the Ministry of Burlesque Awards, the reason for this renewed interest is that people got bored going to clubs and dive-bars. “People wanted to start dressing up again,” she says. “They were sick and tired of going to the same old clubs, playing the same-old music, which they couldn’t even hear themselves speak over.

“When I first started out there were only about two others doing this kind of cabaret in London, and there weren’t any regular clubs to see it in. Later, the Whoopee Club appeared to create that environment.”

White feels that Edinburgh, too, has embraced burlesque cabaret full on over the past few year, “but like London before the Whoopee Club appeared, lacks a proper environment”. Until now that is. “People have being saying for a while that Edinburgh needs a really good club that caters for those who enjoy this sort of entertainment, and Burlescapades! is what the city has been waiting for.

“To those who come along it will be a magical experience,” she promises, “they will feel as if they’ve been transported back in time.”

Burlescapades!, Assembly Rooms, George Street, tonight, 9pm-1pm, £25, 0131 220 3234

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Bettie Page Site

Looking for a great Bettie Page site? Found a nice one with Lots of Links, Fun Stuff, graphics, and artist work on it. Called "I Love Bettie Page".... Check it out ... it's worth it!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Famous Women With Hour Glass Figures : )

Just found... a really cool site.... "Women with famous hour glass figures," and our Bettie is featured. Below is one pic ... but check out their link for some other fabulous pics!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Dancing at the Blue Iguana .....

Did you know ...... While rehearsing for a role as a stripper (Dancing at the Blue Iguana), Daryl Hannah would don a Bettie Page disguise and strip in los angeles strip clubs during off-peak hours.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Online Interview with Gretchen Mol & Mary Harron

The Movie Show Online interviewed Mary HARRON & Gretchen MOL about 'THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE'.

Inspired by the real life story of Bettie Page, the enigmatic 1950's fashion model, co-writer/director Mary Harron recreates an era where sex and pop culture were at logger heads with conservative Christian values.

Gretchen MOL stars as the New York pin-up sensation whose contentious bondage photos gained notoriety in the underground porn industry. Raised in a devoutly religious household, Bettie Page retained her innocence and spirituality in spite of her controversial modelling career. But as her fame grew, so did her notoriety and she soon became a target for the Senate investigation into pornography

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Betty Pages

The Betty Pages

She is sometimes credited as Betty Page, rather than Bettie Page. During the 80’s she once again shot to popularity with a comic series named for her called, “The Betty Pages”. The comic brought her a new audience and ever since has been regarded as an icon.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Bettie Page's Birthday is around the corner!

I don't know why, but I thought this was so funny.... looking around on the web the notatiaon was made that Bettie's birthday is April 22nd, and on a few sites out there the question begged to be answered is: "Will they serve cheesecake?" What a hoot : )

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Rockabilly Pinup ... Popular Bettie Page

A popular rockabilly pinup was Bettie Page, seen as naughty and exotic. In 1955, she won the title of “Miss Pinup Girl of the World”. In January of that same year, she was the Playboy centerfold. Her 23-inch waist was a topic of jealousy for many women, who strived to equal the stats of the woman named “the girl with the perfect figure”. Rockabilly pinup favorites also included Jayne Mansfield. Born Vera Jayne Palmer, Mansfield was one of the biggest female movie stars of the time, with a career spanning a decade and a half, and obviously left stars in men’s eyes with her beauty. Rockabilly pinups were goddesses to men and idols to women. Men wanted them, and women wanted to be them. Much like poster children of the modern rock movements, they influenced hairstyles, clothing, and attitude through their confident and often provocative poses. The rockabilly pinup girl was playful, naughty, and full of rebellion that spread through the entire rockabilly movement. (source)

Monday, April 02, 2007

Mark Braun's Original Underground Bettie Page - Page -- Check it out!

I came across a wonderful site this weekend: The Mark Braun's Original Underground Bettie Page" Site. Great collection of recent photos, news and copy. Worth checking out! Click here.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Play your cards right ... Bettie Page Playing Cards : )

The Bettie Page Playing Card Deck is a must for any fan of the world's most famous pin-up. On the back of each card is a playful photo of Bettie on the sand. Other tantalizing images of Bettie decorate the face cards: silly, seductive, demure, and outrageous, you can't deny the appeal of everyone's favorite pinup girl. Pack includes 52 plastic-coated cards, plus two jokers.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Bettie Page Info....

Bettie did do a screen test for Warner Brothers in Hollywood, but did not make legitimate movies after refusing the casting couch and rejecting the advances of Hollywood Executives and people like Howard Hughes. During her time in New York she did study acting under Herbert Berghof and did take several parts in off Broadway plays. Bettie also made some TV appearances including, "The US Steel Hour" and "The Jackie Gleeson Show" (source)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bettie Page on Modeling

"I don't know what they mean by an icon. I was just modeling, thinking of as many different poses as possible. I made more money modeling than being a secretary. I had a lot of free time. You could go back to work after an absence of a few months. I couldn't do that as a secretary."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Did You know.....

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 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 a man named Harry Lear in Florida, divorcing him in 1972. At the time of the rebirth of her celebrity, Page was living impoverished in California, unaware of her renewed celebrity. (Source)

Monday, March 12, 2007

Saucy Bettie Page : )

"I wish I could have photographed her."

-- Ellen von Unwerth

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Bettie Page Tattoo Art on the X-Files : )

The Russian tattooist in the show says a line I first read in an interview with famed tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy, “You get the tattoo you deserve.” Why does anyone choose the art they choose? It both speaks to them and says something about them. Ed feels he’s been burned by women in the past, and his tattoo cynically celebrates this fact. Sailors and soldiers have had women tattooed on their arms as symbolic of a girl who will never leave you, and Ed’s Betty falls into this same group. She’s with him do or die now.The tattoo is a pinup girl, a style that has solidly existed since the 1940s. Whereas the portrait isn’t exactly an image of Bettie Page, it is of style that pays homage to that image. The voice of the tattoo was done by actress Jodi Foster. Whether Ed has a psychotic condition as a result of ergot poisoning brought on by homemade tattoo ink or genuine mental illness is left somewhat open. He does choose a very permanent removal method when he decides the tattoo has to go however. (source)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Bettie Page ... "Whip it up .... " : )

Very interesting comparison.... Saw this and thought it was worth sharing. Something to think about.

Director Mary Harron says of 1950s pin-up queen Bettie Page, "She's like Betty Crocker coming out with a tray of cookies, and yet she's posing with a whip. She's so wholesome and at the same time she's very sexual." Harron explores this dichotomy in her film about the icon, The Notorious Bettie Page.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Bettie Page on Modeling

"I don't know what they mean by an icon. I never thought of myself as being that. It seems strange to me. I was just modeling, thinking of as many different poses as possible. I made more money modeling than being a secretary. I had a lot of free time. You could go back to work after an absence of a few months. I couldn't do that as a secretary."

Monday, February 12, 2007

Early Bettie Page ... a quickie bio

Bettie Mae Page was born on April 22, 1923, in Nashville, Tennessee, the second child of six. Being the eldest girl, Bettie found herself in charge of the youngest, as her parents' finances remained precarious, the family moving frequently. Edna Mae Pirtle and Walter Roy Page were at odds with each other, apparently from failure to agree on the frequence of their sexual activities (he wanted more, she less). With the climate of the Great Depression in the United States, Roy's skills as a mechanic were not much in demand. Without a job, the Pages were thrown out of their rented house in Tulsa, without a penny. The father decided to steal a car to drive his large family at his mother's, thus going back to Tennessee. He would be arrested the next day, unaware that he had chosen the local sheriff's personal automobile! He would serve time in an Atlanta jail for the next two years.

The Page clan finally reached grandma's house and stayed there till Roy got out of prison in 1931. A farm would be purchased with their meagre savings. So poor were they that the children didn't even have shoes for school. All this took an even more disturbing turn when the parents eventually divorced (as it was discovered that Roy had a pregnant 15-years old mistress!), with Edna working day and night to feed the kids. All this back-breaking work would not suffice: at the age of 10, Bettie and her two sisters became guests at an orphanage, their mother visiting on Sundays, for the next two years.

Soon after Bettie's thirteenth birthday, Roy Page appeared once again, broke as usual. He rented a room in the basement of the house where his family lived. In the next months, he would sexually abuse his eldest daughter. Bettie was too ashamed to confide in anyone. She decided to find refuge in her studies, constantly having a book open before her eyes. Her mother's hysterical religious sermons (mainly on the sin of lust) were not very helpful.
As many young girls of this era, Bettie and her sisters found refuge in wearing hearstyles and makeup like the movie stars they admired, to forget their difficult existence. This inspired Bettie to learn how to sew, a talent that would become useful later. In fact, she was an excellent student and soon became editor of her high school's newspaper. She prefered to be involved in various student activities rather than to be at home and be bothered by her family. She was considered "most likely to succeed". Ironicaly, being the most popular girl in school meant being a solitary invididual, her mother having forbidden any relationships with boys. Of course, one of them became more interested: Billy Neal, two years older than Bettie, but academically one year late. They began a secret liaison, going to the movies or dance halls.

A week before graduation day, Bettie's mom found all about the couple and forbided Bettie to ever see Billy again. A violent quarrel followed, which inspired Bettie to go live with her father, who had remarried. On June 6, 1940, Bettie graduated, honored with a trust fund of $100 (!!!) and she enrolled for Peabody College, with the goal of learning to be a teacher. The next fall, Bettie began to learn dramatic arts, with the faint hope of becoming a movie star. She also found her first job, typing the manuscripts of author Alfred Leland Crabb. (Source: Cult Sirens)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Did You know.....

The third track on Paul Spencer's debut album, The Whole Shebang is entitled "Bettie Page". The song includes the lyric "Locks the world in a cage, she's kinky like Bettie Page", paying tribute to Page's notorious risque photographs.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Classic Bettie Page

"She's the perfect combination of sexuality and sensuality. Like Elvis, Montgomery Clift and James Dean, Bettie Page brought something modern to the Fifties."
-- Albert Watson