Who Was Betty Page?


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Bettie Mae Page was a glamour model who gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s as the "Queen of Pinups." She was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 22, 1923 and died following a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, on Dec. 11, 2008.

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Bettie Page was one of the earliest successful pinup models, and her blue eyes, dark bangs and fetish-oriented poses were her signature. As a result of her overt sexuality, she became a cult icon of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. As Miss January 1955, she was also one of the first Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. Page featured in an estimated 20,000 black-and-white stills taken by amateur photographers over approximately eight years, in which she was either nude or wore high heels, bondage gear, lingerie or swimwear.

Born and raised in Tennessee, Bettie Page moved to New York City in 1949 in the hope of finding work as an actress. She supported herself financially by working as a secretary until she was approached by amateur photographer and police officer, Jerry Tibbs, on a Coney Island beach in 1950. Following this meeting, Tibbs photographed and produced Page's first pin-up portfolio.

Bettie Page's life was memorialised on film in the 2005 motion picture, "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol.

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