There’s a YouTube here of Betty Page. If you can’t see it please reload,
then contact Google and tell them to stop being evil.
Whether she was helping pack a girl into the trunk of a car or helping a woman get dressed, Bettie Page always seemed to be having fun. Without her smile a lot of the little movies she starred in would have been creepy and weird.
With her smile they were charming, and almost like tutorials on how to be sexy and have fun.
Bettie died on Thursday as a result of old age and complications arising from a bout of pneumonia. She was 85. She had one of the more interesting lives I’ve ever read about.
Crappy childhood, great student, became one of the highest paid models of her time, crashed, lived desperately poor on social security until she had a nervous breakdown and beat the crap out of her landlady.
Bettie was later found not guilty by reason of insanity. As a result of the court decision she spent a couple of years in a mental institution in California where she became a “born-again Christian”. When she got out she joined up with Billy Graham, the “Pope of Protestant America”, as an advisor…
Bettie Page was an advisor to the man who counsels American Presidents.
While she was travelling the country with the Billy Graham Crusade during the 1970’s and 1980’s, she inadvertently became one of the most recognizable faces, and figures, on the planet.
At the same time she also became a powerful figure… almost a totem for many women. And a hero, if not a pioneer, of the women’s rights movement. If nothing else she was probably only second to the end of WW2 as being a cause for the Baby Boom… ask your parents.
There’s no question with this NPD, I just wanted to mark the passing of someone who had lived a life.