Bettie Page

By | Oct 1, 2007

Bettie Page is probably the best known and most popular pin-up model of all time. With hair as dark as midnight and a smile that would melt an iceberg, she graced the covers of many magazines in many poses.

Bettie Page

She was born on April 22, 1923 second of Walter Roy Page and Edna Mae Pirtle’s six children. Troubles caused her parents to divorce and when Bettie was only 10 years old, her mother placed her and her two sisters in an orphanage while she worked and saved money.

Bettie married in February 1943 and after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Peabody College she moved to San Francisco with her husband. It was here that she got her first modeling job and traveled to many places. In 1947 she filed for divorce and moved to New York.

In 1950 she meet Jerry Tibbs, a police officer and amateur photographer. Tibbs took pictures that became her first pin-up portfolio. Soon a photographic modeling career was in full bloom.

In 1955, Bettie was named “Miss Pinup Girl of the World.” and was the centerfold in Playboy’s January issue. The “Girl with the Perfect Figure,” was appearing in everything from record albums to playing cards.

For the years of the 1960’s and 1970’s she lived as a normal everyday person. In the 1980’s she emerged after a countrywide search for Bettie. She will forever be the Queen of Pin-up.

Update: 12/12/08
Bettie Page died on December 11, 2008. She had been hospitalized with pneumonia and shortly before being released she suffered a heart attack from which she never regained consciousness.


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