Bettie Page Reveals All

Synopsis: With a natural photogenic poise and a vivaciously innocent risqué flair, there never was a pinup model like Bettie Page. Through Page's own words and interviews with her closest associates, we explore her extraordinary life growing up in a troubled childhood until she found a wild career as the Queen of the Pin-up Girls. In doing so, Page would challenge the paranoid sexual repression of the 1950s with uncommon grace until she walked away at the peak of her career. We also follow her quiet troubled later years struggling with unhappy marriages and mental illness that threaten to consume her even as she found a higher faith. Despite those challenges, Page's popularity would rise again in a more accepting time to become a celebrated icon of fearless sexuality and beauty.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Mark Mori
Production: Music Box Films
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


Ladies and Gentlemen,

here she is now.

Let's get together and

meet that very delightful,

that sultry siren of the southland,

the lovely Bettie Page.

Who are you?

I'm an illusion.

You're an illusion?

Then you're not real?

Of course, I'm real.

It is very difficult

to find a parallel for her.

I mean, this combination of...

naughty and nice.

And it is all in the

context of innocence.

She expressed sexual liberation.

Bettie is still this subversive,

adventurous, sexual persona

that people are trying to emulate.

I think it's like the confusion

between maybe the real person

and the artwork and the cartoons,

like all of these...

it's sort of confusing even whether

she was a real person or not.

People love Bettie Page

for her whole being

for the radiance that she exuded,

the sexuality that she showed

without being cheap, ever.

And women gravitated

to that concept.

The remarkable thing

about her image is

how much it has

influenced pop culture

from movies to music to

fashion. It's remarkable.

One of the things that I

love about her iconography

is that she just portrayed

herself as a very strong woman,

even if she was not in

the position of power.

She's lasted because she

has that rare quality

that's sort of hard to define,

it's that sort of ultimate star quality.

I feel like a lot of girls like me

can identify with Bettie

because you can kind

of capture the spirit

of that sexy, sensual,

timeless look.

She looks fantastic and I

think that's what men prefer.

I don't think men prefer the

really skinny, bones thin women.

I think Bettie Page

is a real woman.

I mean she have form, boobs,

butt, and that's very beautiful.

I gave her a lot of credit because

she opened the door for a lot of us.

She's the most

important glamour icon

that she really paved the

way for all the rest.

And she's beautiful but

yet she's approachable,

she's the girl next door.

Bettie Page is the good

girl but she's a bad girl.

She's fun, she's playful.

All right, bitch, bring it.

Oh, st... ah!

I mean, she's the reason

why we're all here today

in a sense is because of her,

I mean, she's the original pinup

girl, she's the original.

We're all going to be dust,

they'll be nothing else anymore,

and there'll always be

Bettie Page no matter what.

She had the magic.

She was deeply religious.

She was willing to do all kinds

of crazy outrageous things.

There's some rather large

skeletons in that woman's closet.

How do you reconcile that behavior

with the image that she

projects in these photographs?

She reached the peak of popularity

in her profession and disappeared.

Nobody knew what

happened to Bettie Page.

Bettie, if you know

what's going on,

I want to tell you this is your

friend Robert Schuller saying,

"This too is the day

that God has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

We all thought we knew her

from different perspectives,

but I'm sure no one will

leave this place today

without having had another glimpse

into the private heart of Bettie.

Okay, Bettie, I'll just

ask you some questions.


You were born in Nashville, right?

I was born in Nashville, Tennessee,

April 22nd, 1923.

We were so poor, we lived on beans,

fried potatoes, and macaroni.

You couldn't talk to Mama,

she didn't want any girls

in the first place.

She always wanted only two boys.

My father was a womanizer

of the worst sort.

A sex fiend is the way to put it.

I mean sex with anything that he

could get his "you know what" into.

Chickens, and sheep,

and cows, and anything.

And in order to get 10

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