Friday, December 12, 2008

Now Just a Fond Memory

Sad news, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times:
Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85.

Page, whose later life was marked by depression, violent mood swings and several years in a state mental institution, died Thursday night at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles, where she had been on life support since suffering a heart attack Dec. 2, according to her agent, Mark Roesler.

A cult figure, Page was most famous for the estimated 20,000 4-by-5-inch black-and-white glossy photographs taken by amateur shutterbugs from 1949 to 1957. The photos showed her in high heels and bikinis or negligees, bondage apparel--or nothing at all.
You can read the full report here.

READ MORE:Bettie Page Dies: Pinup Suffered Heart Attack Last Week,” by Bob Thomas (Associated Press); “We’ll Miss Ya, Bettie,” by Jayme Lynn Blaschke (Gibberish); “Remembering Bettie Page,” by Karen Essex (The Huffington Post); “Always Comfortable in Her Own Skin,” by Manohla Dargis (The New York Times).

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