I'm excited. There's a movie, a documentary, that I'm looking forward to seeing. It's not about someone I know or knew -- just remember. The subject is a woman who pushed the boundaries of taste and became the real Betty Boop of her time -- Bettie Page.
I've seen pictures of her, both photos and drawn, and I knew she was somebody, but not really who. When I was told she was Bettie Page, that didn't mean too much to me. She's a generation before me, maybe two. But what I do recognize is she "busted" down a lot of taboos and was a woman of courage, vision and a sense of style. She created a look. She was admired by men and women alike.
Hugh Hefner said she was, "a combination of bawdy and nice."
She caused fear in those who fought the 1950s culture wars. She was arrested and tried. Given a chance at her freedom over an obscenity charge if she'd just burn the negatives, she told a judge she would not. "I'm not indecent." She even challenged him to raise the charges because she would never cop a plea.
If you're like me and don't know of her other than a nodding acquaintance, she meteorically rose to fame as a pin-up girl, post Betty Grable, and at the pinnacle of her career, disappeared. Where'd she go? Rumors flew fast and furiously. The mob got her. She fell victim to heroin. She had gone insane.
See if this doesn't add a bit of 'tease' to the movie term, teaser. I Bettie you it does.
How closely were you paying attention. Professionally she used Betty and Bettie as her first name. But I don't blame you if you hadn't caught it. It took me two viewings to see it.