Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bettie Page Reveals All

The life of the iconic pin-up model is examined in this documentary, which is narrated by Bettie Page herself. The Queen Of The Pinups had a tough early life, but found success as a one of the earliest Playmates and an icon for fetish and bondage photography before disappearing from the public eye.

A talented fashion designer, she made her own costumes. She also appeared in the burlesque film Teaserama.

Page had a religious conversion in 1957 and withdrew from modeling. She had a nervous breakdown in the 1970s, and spent 8 years in a mental hospital. Meanwhile, a cult grew around her, and she was unaware of her worldwide fame. In the 1990s, she regained control of her image, and finally began receiving royalties on sales of her likeness.

I enjoyed the documentary Bettie Page Reveals All, and it was enlightening to have Bettie Page narrate. Still an enigma, a voice could finally be put to the images.

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