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BETTIE PAGE The Lost Years

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BETTIE PAGE The Lost Years

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Recommended. By Tori Rodriguez with Ron Brem. Foreword by Tempest Storm.

Bettie’s beloved sister Goldie, who looks very much like Bettie and was also an aspiring model, carefully stored heaps of incredible family photos, the bulk of which feature Bettie as either the sole subject or part of the shot. Many feature both girls in bikinis, posing at the beach. None of these hundreds of photos has ever been published until now, and few people even knew they existed. Goldie also saved approximately 29 letters from Bettie spanning the years 1949 to 2000, ranging in length from note-size to 18 full pages, which are used here to tell the unknown story, from Bettie herself, of Bettie’s “lost years” following her retirement from modeling in 1957.


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Bettie’s beloved sister Goldie, who looks very much like Bettie and was also an aspiring model, carefully stored heaps of incredible family photos, the bulk of which feature Bettie as either the sole subject or part of the shot. Many feature both girls in bikinis, posing at the beach. None of these hundreds of photos has ever been published until now, and few people even knew they existed. Goldie also saved approximately 29 letters from Bettie spanning the years 1949 to 2000, ranging in length from note-size to 18 full pages, which are used here to tell the unknown story, from Bettie herself, of Bettie’s “lost years” following her retirement from modeling in 1957.

This includes photos of Bettie and family and friends right up until 1970, with her still looking great, almost fifteen years after her modeling career ended.

When the documentary Bettie Page Reveals All was released in 2013, it would have been easy to assume we would never again hear directly from the adored icon. After all, the film is narrated by Bettie herself, and she spills on lots of subjects that she had previously kept private–even in her authorized biography–though she does maintain her own decades-long, no-photos rule in the movie.

She loathed the effects of aging, said it made her sad to see her own celebrity idols when they were older, and wanted people to remember her as she looked in her pinup days.

Fortunately for Bettie fans, this bounty of unreleased Bettie material awaits. For years–-since before Bettie’s death December 2008 at the age of 85-–boxes and file folders of Bettie mementoes have been gathering dust in the closets of Bettie’s nephew’s house.

Ron Brem, a musician living in Bakersfield, California, is the only child of Bettie’s beloved sister, Goldie Jane Page. Bettie never had kids, other than three stepchildren during one of her four marriages to three men (she married one twice). Goldie was also an aspiring model and actress but later settled into domesticity before eventually becoming an art teacher and gallery owner. One chapter offers photos of Goldie from her own modeling years, and on occasion even we can mistake her for sister Bettie!

A personal and really quite fascinating look inside the legend, taking Bettie through her three marriages and divorces, always keeping in touch with Goldie and the family with her latest adventures and moves across the country. Her actual letters, cards and Christmas cards are reproduced in her own hand.

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Item Code BETLYH
Publisher Littlefield
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781493034505
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 126pg
Color Partial Color
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