1. Smokin’ Hot Model
Fun fact: Betty kicked off her career by working as a model. She landed her first job during a normal day at school: A photographer came to campus one day and asked for some of the high school girls to model clothes. “I got 50 cents for my picture in this outfit,” Betty once recalled. “It was just a regular school outfit. I didn’t think there was anything special about it.” The experience did, however, help her figure out that she wanted to stay in showbiz for the rest of her life.
2. Wartime Betty
Like so many things, Betty’s career got sidelined with the outbreak of the Second World War—but that doesn’t mean that Betty was just sitting idly by during it. She joined the American Women’s Voluntary Forces, which provided support to the US during the war by delivering messages, driving ambulances, selling war bonds, running emergency kitchens, and fighting fires, among many, many others.