I watched the E special on her. Hearing her voice now (southern drawl mixed with the old lady who has the house you have to touch to join the gang) was creepy. They had her in darkness so you couldn''t see her face.
We are alumni of the same university (sort of).
my theory is that the rockabilly kids love her because of the retro "daddy's porn" angle of her celebrity (just like hotrods and sideburns) and because that black hairdo looks hot on anybody - even their ugly fat girlfriends...
in the bio - along with some of her lovely pinup shots - there is a mugshot of her taken even before the stabbing incident. she looked pretty bad. a photo of her during her billy graham years showed that she gained a great deal of weight.
always kept the hairdo, though.
ahhhhhhh... bettie page was the best.
anybody there ever read that biography about her? seems she became born-again and worked with billy graham for years as a "hat-passer". everntually she sank into mental illness (schizophrenia) and lived in a trailer behind a friends home. during a fugue, she stabbed her landlord with a butterknife or a fork or something and she went into the penal system. evetually she managed to beat the illness and now lives a quiet life sueing folks who use her image without permission.