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FILM PREMIERE OF "THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE"
Actress Gretchen Mol (left) and co star Lili Taylor pose at the April 10, 2006 New York premiere of their new film "The Notorious Bettie Page" which is based on the life of the 1950's pin up girl. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She has often been called the "Queen of pinups". Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists.

She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society," Playboy founder Hugh Hefner told the Associated Press.

Her later life was marked by depression, violent mood swings and several years in a state psychiatric hospital. In 1959, she converted to Christianity, and later worked for Billy Graham. After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and has a significant cult following.

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