If you know anything about anything you will know who Betty Page was and is! she is the reason for almost the whole entire cheese cake model revival. without Betty gracing the covers of magazines comic book artist and painters would have no basis for the perfect female form. At about 10:57pm I get a call from my close friend and website researcher who broke the news to us about her passing. What do you say? what can you say?
for people out of the loop about Betty Page here is a quick break down of the One and Only
Bettie Page was born Betty Mae Page on April 22, 1923 the second child of Walter Roy Page and Edna Mae Pirtle. As the salutatorian of her class,on June 6, 1940, Bettie Page graduated from high school with a scholarship and enrolled at George Peabody College with the intention of becoming a teacher. However, the next fall she began studying acting, hoping to become a movie star. At the same time, she began her first job, typing for author Alfred Leland Crab. Page graduated from Peabody with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. In 1943, she married high school classmate Billy Neal in a simple courthouse ceremony shortly before he was drafted into the Navy for service in World War I1. For the next few years, Bettie moved from San Francisco to Nashville to Miami and to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she felt a special affinity with the country and its culture.In November 1947, while back in the United States, Bettie filed for divorce from Neal.
Following her divorce, Page worked briefly in San Francisco, and in Haiti. She moved to New York City, where she hoped to find work as an actress. In the meantime, she supported herself by working as a secretary. In 1950, while walking along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met Jerry Tibbs, a police officer with an interest in photography. Bettie was a willing model, and Tibbs took pictures of her and put together her first pinup portfolio.
soon she became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.she faded into obscurity in the 1960s after converting to Christianity and serving as a Baptist missionary in Angola
she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and now has a significant cult following. Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists. some of the more known names are Jim Silke, Dave Stevens,Greg Theakston and comic book publisher Eros comics.
Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008)