Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page Obit

Bettie (or Betty) Page, the model widely credited as the prototype modern pin-up, died at 6:41pm PST Thursday, 11 December 2008 at the age of 85. She completed her battle with morality and mental illness with pneumonia and heart failure.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85."

"I want to be remembered as a woman who changed people's perspectives concerning nudity in its natural form." (Betty Page in 2006, age 83).

"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."

"Funeral Service will be Tuesday Dec 16 at Westwood Memorial Cemetery in a PRIVATE CEREMONY."


As I've read this story I can feel the frustration of a little girl who tried hard to out-distance her demons (poverty, hopes for the rescuing abilities of religion, abusive misogyny) only to fall prey to them in the end. This despite the help of talent, good looks and powerful friends.

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