In January of 1955 she became " Playboy's Bunny of the Month." Page had already become well known by this time, but the Playboy exposure rocketed her fame to another level (winning the coveted 'Pin-Up Girl of the World' title later that year).
Betty made more photos for magazines than Marilyn Monroe and any other actress combined. However, years later she was back into the limelight within the comic book "The Rocketeers," again people were clamoring over Betty more than ever. Betty made about 50 cheesecake 8 mm movies ( See Film clips below) consisting of her " Exotic Dances," Cat Fights and Fetish/Bondage Films.
During the 1950s, the
censorship bureaus started cracking down on many ( CheeseCake) photographers and models, with Betty being one of them. It was not a good time for Klaw, Page and the others. Betty thought about what she was doing, her age, not wanting trouble with the law and wanting to settle down, decided to give up the business of posing for the camera in 1957 at the age of 34.
Betty considered herself an actress in these photo shoots as they were no where near her real life personality which was actually the opposite of most that was portrayed. She was a good, wholesome girl with very high morals in her real life and really was the "Girl next door" ... Which would haunt her, however she did have her problems in life that did not treat her very well over the years. Soon after ... she moved to Miami Florida and picked up religion.
After Miami she moved to California and chose to remain in her comfortable, supposedly married seclusion. Betty passed away in 2008 at the age of 85 of a heart attack, but Betty will live on, that's for sure. She is laid to rest at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. People forget people get older but still think they remain the same over time.... and sometimes famous people being in the spotlight so much of their life tend to not care about staying fit, cool or glamourous or staying in the public eye and eventually enjoy a life of seclusion and not worrying about what you have to look like anymore, your weight, makeup, clothes etc. In one of her last made for TV Bio's, she stated "Just let them remember me as I was, not who I am now." Sometimes being a has-been versus a never-been is all you ever needed and it was perfect for Betty as history will eventually show.
* In the clip on the right, Betty does her second (act II) dance number from the Tea$erama video ... available here in a high quality DVD.