Bettie Page 1923-2008

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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2 Replies to “Bettie Page 1923-2008”

  1. Page’s website mentions that her burial will be in Westwood Village Memorial Park and that her grave will be “just a few feet away from Marilyn Monroe’s”. Hugh Hefner has reserved the crypt to the left of Monroe’s for himself. I know there are other empty crypts either above or to the left of Hefner’s. I think it would be right for Page to be interred there. R.I.P. Bettie.

  2. RIP indeed. Though she shunned the spotlight after ending her fetish career, her icon status can’t be disputed. She was one of the key figures that intiated the sexual revolution. Everyone who believes in sexual freedom owes her a debt of gratitude.

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