Bettie started her modeling career at the age of 27.
On December 5, 2008, Bettie was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack on December 2. She slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness.
It is said that Bettie has been photographed more times than Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford combined.
In the "Jungle Bettie" pictures, Bettie made the leopard print outfit she was wearing.
In high school, Bettie was voted "Most Likely To Succeed."
Bettie has appeared in the films Striporama, Teaserama, and Varietease.
In Kurt Vonnegut's book Slaughterhouse Five, the character of Montana Wildhack is said to have been modeled after Bettie. Montana is a pin-up queen that mysteriously vanishes at the height of her popularity.
Bettie is listed in the 1990's edition of The Book Of Lists as one of the once-famous celebrities who seemed to have vanished from the public eye.
Two biographies have been written about Bettie: 1996's Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-up Legend and 1997's Real Bettie Page: The Truth about the Queen of Pinups.
Bettie won the title of "Miss Pin-Up Girl of the World" in 1955.
Bettie's favorite actress of all time is Bette Davis in "Dark Victory." According to Bettie, she has seen it six or seven times and still cries.
Bettie is also sometimes credited as "Betty Page."
Bettie is one of six children.
In the 1960s, Bettie briefly worked as a Christian missionary.
While working at a theatre workshop, Bettie worked hard to lose her Southern accent because it was keeping her from getting mainstream work.
Bettie is a close friend with Hugh Hefner, who is a huge fan of hers.
Bettie allowed to be photographed publically for the August 2003 edition of Playboy magazine.
Bettie was named to the Polly Staffle Hall of Fame.
Bettie graduated from Peabody College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Bettie was given a screentest by 20th Century Fox, but the studio never signed her.
Bettie was married three times: Billy Neal from February 15, 1943 to November 1947, Armond Walterson from 26 November 1958 to 1963, and Harry Lear February 14, 1967 to January 1972. All three ended in divorce.
Though Bettie does liscense her name and image to appear on various types of collectables, she herself does not make any public appearances, saying, "I want people to remember me the way I was."
Bettie was known as "The Girl With the Perfect Figure."
Bettie's pictures were the inspiration for the leading lady in the comic "Rocketeer," which was made into the 1991 movie The Rocketeer.
Bettie's measurements during her modeling career were 36-24-36½.
Bettie was the Playboy Playmate for January 1955.
Bettie can play guitar and piano.
Bettie's favorite drink is root beer.
Bettie's height is 5'5½".
Bettie's trademark was her short bangs.
In 2006, the movie of her life The Notorious Bettie Page was released.
Bettie: (on her modeling career) I never thought it was shameful. I felt normal. It's just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous.
Bettie: I want to be remembered as I was when I was young and in my golden times…. I want to be remembered as a woman who changed people's perspectives concerning nudity in its natural form.
Bettie: I'm more famous now than I was in the 1950s.
Bettie: I have no idea why I'm the only model who has had so much fame so long after quitting work.
Bettie: I made all of my bikinis and most of my lingerie. My favorite was my first bikini. It was green with a little rickrack all around it.
Bettie: But I never whipped anybody in my life; it was all pretend. Under my arrangement with the Klaws, I had to do at least an hour of bondage poses in order to get paid for the other modeling work.
Bettie: I like being outdoors. I like to go cavorting in the nude in the forests. It is just another world. To take sunbaths in the nude.
Bettie: (on Paula Klaw) Paula was one of the nicest women I've ever known in my life-bar none. Only Paula was allowed to tie us up. She was very gentle, caring and considerate. She never tied any ropes too tight. She was very sweet.
Bettie: Sex is a part of love. You shouldn't go around doing it unless you are in love.
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.
Bettie: All I ever wanted was a mother who paid attention to me. She didn't want girls. She thought we were trouble. She didn't help with homework or teach me to sew or cook. She didn't go to the school plays I was in or go to my high school graduation.
Bettie: I love to swim in the nude and roam around the house in the nude. You're just as free as a bird!
Bettie: The only person I did bondage for was Irving Klaw and his sister Paula. Usually they would shoot four or five models every Saturday. He wouldn't pay for the regular pictures unless we did some bondage. So I did bondage shots to get paid for the other photos.
Bettie: No, I stopped coloring my hair in October 1978. I was no longer working as a secretary, I was no longer working out in public. I didn't color my hair, it is grey now. In fact I'm worried I'm losing it. Big gobs come out. Used to be it took me two hours to dry my big gob of hair.
Bettie: No, I don't think my fans want to see me old and fat. I've got to get another 20-25 lbs. off somehow - remember me as I looked when I was younger. I get sad when I see my favorite movie stars when they're old. Who wants to see Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau now as the The Odd Couple (1968)? Jack Lemmon is a fan of mine.
Bettie: [Jerry Tibbs was] the one who got me wearing bangs. For years I had my hair parted down the middle in a ponytail, tucked down around the sides. But he said to me, 'Bettie, you've got a very high forehead. I think you'd look good if you cut some bangs to cover it.' Well, I went and cut the bangs, and I've been wearing them ever since. They say it's my trademark.
Bettie: I was never one who was squeamish about nudity. I don't believe in being promiscuous about it, but several times I thought of going to a nudist colony.
Bettie: Being in the nude isn't a disgrace unless you're being promiscuous about it. After all, when God created Adam and Eve, they were stark naked. And in the Garden of Eden, God was probably naked as a jaybird too!
Bettie: 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.
Bettie: I'm very sorry that when I turned my life over to the Lord Jesus in January 1959, I threw out all my netstockings, bikinis - some from Frederick's of Hollywood.
Bettie: (About her mother's younger lover when he made a move on her) My mother nearly murdered me over that, then made me live with my father. So I couldn't review my exam notes, which were at home. Because of that I got beat out of graduating valedictorian by a quarter of a grade point and lost my dream of getting a scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University. It was the worst disappointment of my life.
Bettie: It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me... that I have so many fans among young people, who write to me and tell me I have been an inspiration.
Bettie: I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer. I wasn't trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didn't think of myself as liberated, and I don't believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didn't know any other way to be, or any other way to live.
Bettie: I never was the girl next door.
Bettie: I never kept up with the fashions. I believed in wearing what I thought looked good on me.
Bettie: Young women say I helped them come out of their shells, and 13 rock groups have written songs about me. One song has these lyrics all the way through, 'I love Bettie Page. I love Bettie Page. I love Bettie Page.'
Bettie: (about being called "Notorious" in the movie) Notorious? That's not flattering at all. They should have used another word.