From the Telegraph,
In the late 1950s Bettie Page became one of the most photographed women in the world, and her popularity (founded on the guilty-pleasure principle) soared even as she left the limelight nearly half a century ago. In the words of her agent, she captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality.Bettie Page attended three Bible colleges and longed to be a missionary in Haiti. She was denied the chance because of a previous divorce. (Stupid, little people.)
Bettie Mae Page was born on April 22 1923 in Nashville, Tennessee, one of six children from an impoverished family. In her teens she acted in high school plays, going on to study drama in New York. Although she earned a university degree, she never made it as an actress.
Bettie Page was truly amazing - she exuded a joy I've rarely seen. She will be missed.