I had never seen these mugshots of Bettie Page—looking just a little less glamorous than we’re used to seeing her—until recently. The iconic 50s pin-up model was arrested in Hialeah, Florida—-following a wild domestic dispute with her ex-husband Harry Lear.
Here’s the background story of that arrest from The Bettie Page Companion:
Bettie was arrested on the 28th October 1972 when Police answered a call placed by Harry, when they arrived on scene that found him and Bettie out on the front yard with Bettie hitting Harry, repeatedly punching and verbally attacking him.
Bettie would stay at Jackson Memorial hospital, a state mental care facility for six months spending most of the time under suicide watch. Harry would come and visit her regularly reassuring her that there would be a place for her to come back to if she wanted it. When she finally left the hospital she left a changed woman, she took up Harry’s offer and moved back in.
Bettie and Harry divorced January 17, 1972.