Bettie Page

Bettie Page


4/22/1923, Kingsport, Tennessee, USA

Birth Name

Bettie Mae Page



Also Known As

Betty Page, Bettie Mae Page, Girl with the Perfect Figure
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Bettie Mae Page was born April 22, 1923 in Kingsport Tennessee to Walter Roy Page and Edna Mae Pirtle. According to Bettie, her father molested her and her two sisters when they were young. When Bettie was only ten years old, Edna and Walter divorced, after Walter got…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • 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.

  • The greatest pin-up of the 20th century, maybe of all time.

    I am not too sure how I discovered Bettie Page. I always loved the pin-up era when pin-ups were depicted in better ways than they are nowadays. But in May 2006, the movie about her life, "The Notorious Bettie Page" came out. I knew who she was, and I knew she did a lot of bondage shots. But the newspaper had an article on her, which I read. I was extremely impressed with what I read. Bettie Page was an incredibly sweet and intelligent girl who just took the shots she was doing as a job, an acting job, with costumes and props. After that, I got extremely interested in learning more about her. I read all I could and later saw the movie. As a girl, it is strange to say I have a favorite pin-up, but Bettie would probably be it, followed by the great Marilyn Monroe. Bettie's career was being photographed. She will always be remembered because people will always be fascinated with her and her image. Bettie Page is a true pop culture icon.moreless