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.