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The Real Bettie Page

Richard Foster

ISBN 0806520752
Publish Date 5/1/2005
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Citadel, Biography
Currently out of stock


This is the true, never-before-told story of America’s favorite pinup queen, former playboy centerfold Bettie Page: the complete tale of Bettie’s rise from her modest beginnings in Nashville, her stormy marriages, her trial for attempted murder, and her decade-long Bettie Page is alive.

Much has been written about Page’s modeling career and early life. Journalist Richard Foster became the first reporter to contact Page during her long absence. Here for the first time, told in a taut, novelistic style, using interviews with those who knew her (many of whom have never before told their stories), and illustrated with rare photos, is the complete Bettie Page.

About Richard Foster:

While he was still a college journalism student, award-winning writer Richard Foster became the first reporter to track down and interview the legendarily reclusive pin-up model Bettie Page. His 1997 biography of her, The Real Bettie Page, was adapted into the 2006 HBO Films movie “The Notorious Bettie Page” starring Gretchen Mol. In the decades since, Foster has written and worked for numerous publications, including Style Weekly magazine. His writing ranges from celebrity profiles and feature articles to in-depth investigative pieces. Most recently, Foster hosted the true-crime podcast series “Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for the South Side Strangler,” the story of the first serial killer in U.S. history convicted on the basis of DNA evidence, available at He can be found on Twitter and Instagram @RVAwriter. Foster, who has two adult sons, lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and their four very needy cats.

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