Bettie Page rose to fame in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. She is often referred to as the “Queen of Pinups.”

In 1959, Page became an Evangelical Christian. After her fame wore off Bettie Page’s later years were marked by depression, violent mood swings, and several years in a state psychiatric hospital suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

On the 28th of October, 1972 Bettie was arrested. When police answered a call placed by her ex-husband Harry Lear. When they arrived on scene they found him and Bettie out on the front yard with Bettie hitting Harry, repeatedly punching and verbally attacking him.

Bettie would stay at Jackson Memorial Hospital, a state mental care facility for six months spending most of the time under suicide watch. At age 56, Bettie was arrested again. She had stabbed her elderly landlords on the afternoon of April 19, 1979 in an unprovoked attack, during a fit of insanity.

Bettie Page died from a heart attack on December 11th 2008


“’Man, they just did me wrong,’ Pugh said in an interview with radio hosts Phil Austin and Ryan Staley on Two Tons of Fun. ‘They put a picture that made me look like I was a Thundercat or something.’” Breanna Edwards, The Root