50’s Pop Icon Bettie Page Dies

12 Dec

Obit Bettie Page

LOS ANGELES – 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.

Page was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page’s family agreed to remove life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

“She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality,” Roesler said. “She is the embodiment of beauty.”

Page, who was also known as Betty, attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through lingerie that were quickly tacked up on walls in military barracks, garages and elsewhere, where they remained for years.

Page mysteriously disappeared from the public eye for decades, during which time she battled mental illness and became a born-again Christian.

After resurfacing in the 1990s, she occasionally granted interviews but refused to allow her picture to be taken.

“I don’t want to be photographed in my old age,” she told an interviewer in 1998. “I feel the same way with old movie stars. … It makes me sad. We want to remember them when they were young.”

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3 Responses to “50’s Pop Icon Bettie Page Dies”

  1. Patrick December 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Page starred in a few mainstream movies too, didn’t she?

    • dixiedining December 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

      Not really sure — good question.

      Don’t think her acting chops were that impressive.

  2. Tim January 8, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    Interesting Read! Very detailed blog.
    Thanks for sharing

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