Bettie Page died last night of pneumonia in Los Angeles. She was 85. The fetish pin-up model, who gained notoriety in the 1950s, was Playboy’s 13th centerfold in January 1955, its second year of publication.
Time Magazine, hailing her as “the Garbo of bondage movies,” said in her obituary today:
There are a dozen books about her, and a half-dozen movies, including the 2006 biopic, The Notorious Bettie Page, starring Gretchen Mol. Not to mention a bunch of tribute songs, countless websites and, almost always, more than a thousand products for sale on eBay.
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