Today Bettie Page was born in Nashville in 1923. A pin-up queen from “men’s magazines” of the 1950s, Page’s distinctive look is now what most people imagine when they think of that era of striptease burlesque. Page retired long ago and died in 2008.
To hear an audio interview with Page from 2007, go to this video (it includes a slideshow of typical Bettie Page poses).
Earlier this month, The Smoking Gun had this feature on Page’s work as a consultant to the F.B.I.