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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The "Notorious Bettie Page". Bettie Page Objected to the Word Notorious, and I agree with her, Do You?

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Bettie Page Passes Away - Link. Bettie Page objected to the documentary title The Notorious Bettie Page. The article quotes Hugh Hefner as saying, Hefner said he last saw Page when he held a screening of "The Notorious Bettie Page" at the Playboy Mansion. He said she objected to the fact that the film referred to her as "notorious," but "we explained to her that it referred to the troubled times she had and was a good way to sell a movie."

If a pin up star who didn't always do as she was told requires the word notorious to help sell video copies of her life story, then how can a well educated female scientist, female doctor, or female athlete's story ever sell?

Was Bettie Page the "notorious" one, or was society "notorious" for requiring such a trashy title to make sure her life story sold video copies? I would suggest a protest over the documentary title "The Notorious Bettie Page" and a renaming. Why? Bettie Page did not feel she was a "notorious" person. No other reason is needed. A woman who did not follow every command or direction from a male dominated society is not "notorious", she is adventurous. The Adventurous Bettie Page. Works for me, how about you?


patrick said...

Page starred in a few mainstream movies too, didn't she?

Alessandro Machi said...

In the article it said she had just won a screen test 20th Century Fox when her modeling career took off.

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