Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bettie Page 3


After her disappearence, rumours abounded that Betty Page had been snuffed out by the Mob, been assassinated by the FBI, changed her face with plastic surgery, become a nun or married the Shah of Iran. Her popularity didn't wane in her absence: fan magazines circulated and her likeness was borrowed in cartoon strips from The Rocketeer to Vampirella. When she was finally tracked down by journalists, living as a recluse in Florida, she confessed the reason for her mysterious disappearance: Jesus had appeared to her in a vision, and told her that he didn't want her to model anymore. It was also revealed that she really did have a split personality: Betty had attempted to stab several people to death and had been diagnosed as schizophrenic and committed to a mental health asylum for a decade. Now, after rumours of Liv Tyler styling her hair into bangs for Martin Scorsese, a Betty biopic is finally being made by the people behind American Psycho. But Betty doesn't understand what all the fuss is about: "They keep saying I'm some kind of icon and that I started the new generation's sex movement. All I did was pose in the nude. I had less sex activity those seven years in New York than I had any other time in my life."

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