Sadly, we lost Betty Page the other day. Many of you may know her as the original "Pin-up" girl.
"Who is Bettie Page
According to PLAYBOY magazine, Bettie Page is "the Queen of Pin-ups. The
model of the century, yet she remains one of its best kept secrets."
Mention her name to most, you get blank stares. Mention her name to some,
you get a knowing look that rocks the room! As more and more people are
learning, Bettie Page is a timeless legend, and also a conundrum, even to
For those who understand who Bettie Page was, no explanation is necessary;
for those who don't, maybe no explanation is possible. Why? Because Bettie
Page was and remains an underground phenomenon, a puzzling "bad girl next
door" cult figure - sort of our collective guilty pleasure".
As I'm not sure that it would be appropriate (sp?) to post a link here to her site. She was, after all, a "pin-up girl". Its definetly,(sp?) (I gotta lern to spel) not for the kids. I'll provide the link to anybody who contacts me, via e-mail. If the moderators will o.k. it, I'll provide the link here.
If she was a "pin-up girl" today, she would look like any teen aged girl on the beach. But in the 50's she was on the inside of the top of every GI's foot locker.
Undoubtedly, she had a style and grace, which no other woman has been able to match. I think that one, doesn't "look" at her pictures, as much as they "experience" the picture.
As much as she was an underground sort of icon, I'm sure that we will soon see a lot of Bettiemania......
You can put her name into Google to get all you could possibly want to know about her.
She was so pretty. Had a tragic childhood. She was really a sweet person most of her life. Rest in peace.
George n L.A.
Interesting discussion. However, I thought Betty Grable was the original "pinup" girl? She was a half decade earlier, and famous to every GI during WWII.
Anyway, I knew there was a reason I frequent this site other than Model T's, it's for the educational history segments .
attached are excerpts from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Grable
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Born Elizabeth Ruth Grable
December 18, 1916(1916-12-18)
St. Louis, Missouri
Died July 2, 1973 (aged 56)
Santa Monica, California
Her iconic bathing suit photo made her the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. It was later included in the Life magazine project "100 Photos that Changed the World". Grable was particularly noted for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood and studio publicity widely dispersed photos featuring them. Hosiery specialists of the era often noted the ideal proportions of her legs as: thigh (18.5") calf (12"), and ankle (7.5"). Grable's legs were famously insured by her studio for $1,000,000 with Lloyds of London.
Rob, I think you are correct, some are mixing up Betty Grable with Bettie Page. Grable was truly a pin up girl whereas Page actually did pornography......Michael Pawelek
Sorry that you feel that way Michael. I'll be more than happy to edit and/or delete this post, If you're offended.
You guys don't see the T connection! Betty, Bettie and Lizzie are all from the name Elizabeth.
Tin Lizzies are on calendars and pinups everywhere.
Some will say that pictures of T speedsters are racy, too.
Its a sad fact Bettie has gone from us. She was another piece of history lost, just as Grable.
"Giggle" and "Wink" magazine in the 40s was considered "porn" by many back then also. Bettie was a girl lost in the midst of making her way in life. She was talented, and had a loving kind heart. That's factual...
Uuuhhhh, just seen this thread.
Once I had under my eyes (in a Public Library in Milan!!!!) a book of photos of her by Erwin Klaw....
She seemed to be in troubles... 8-)
Just a curiosity.... Bettie Page is sort of acknowledged "by character" in the movie and comic strip "Rocketeer". In the comic strip she may be a little closer to reality in her way of making a living. Dave Stevens, the writer, gives a few other little nods to that period too.