I Stand Close / Not So Close, 2013
archival print, framed, 77.5 x 108cm
Fever in the Deep, 2013
77.5 x 108cm
Come down to Joey’s show How to disappear / How to reappear
TODAY at Neospace, 3PM kids!
Photo by Irving Klaw
I’ve found a very strange interview with Bettie, transcribed from ‘Nashville Citysearch’s Bettie Page Live Chat’, held September 23, 1998.
There’s some left field questions that lead to even more bizarre answers
Bruno asks: did you travel outside of USA Bettie?
Bettie Page: I like to travel. I regret that I never got to Paris. In October 1978, I had saved money and wanted to go to Hawaii – to see the islands. People told me that Paris would have been my style of living.
I did live in Haiti – for 4 months. I was ready to go to work as the secretary to the ambassador to the US, but they were angry because the US president wouldn’t give them a loan – they started rioting and talked of killing all Americans. I left. But I like the Haitian people. I lost all of my prejudice against black people – growing up in the South, you know. When I was 13, I would collect photos of baseball stars – I had a crush on one of the Nashville Vols, in particular. These two black girls grabbed my baseball cards and shoved me to the ground. So I didn’t feel good about them, but Haiti changed me. I fell in love with a Haitian man there, but found that his wife was about to have a baby on the other end of the island!
Stereo3d asks: Do you think Lucy Lawless of TV’s Xena patterns her look after you?
Bettie Page: She is one of my favorites. To be as big as she is, when she can do flips, she is something. No other woman can do what she does. I have heard she patterned her look after me. But she doesn’t have long hair like I have. I like that show.
Bruno asks: Did you see “Titanic”?
Bettie Page: I thought it was fascinating. Those scenes were so real. The closing scenes with that couple so much in love …that is love. If ever there was an example of true love, that is it.
Hannah asks: Have you seen all the questions on this message board? Do they make you feel good — that so many people still care for you?
Bettie Page: It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me… that I have so many fans among young people, who write to me and tell me I have been an inspiration. You would think they never think about 50′s pinup models. I have had 11 songs written about me – the best is by a song by BR-549 from my hometown, Nashville – called “Bettie, Bettie.” I wonder what he means by, “if I had known you-I would have been a better man,” in the lyrics? I once was in love with a man named Carlos from Peru. He showed me a picture of a blond woman and a little boy. He told me it was his sister. One night I had a cold — we were making love — his sister was his wife. this night, she knocked on the door and accused me of being a homewrecker. I told her I did not know he was married, but as I was going down the stairs, she was calling me these names and felt like a snake…I didn’t have anything to do with him after that.