Bettie Page: 1950's Pin-Up Queen & Dark Angel (Photos)
Bettie Page 1923-2008
Bettie Page, a famous pin-up girl from the 1950's, died in a Los Angeles hospital of pneumonia on Thursday, December 11, just one week after suffering a heart attack.
Her rep. Mark Roesler released the following statement: "She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality. She was the embodiment of beauty, right up there with Marilyn Monroe."
The 85 year old former model gained fame in 1955 when she was featured in the centerfold of Playboy magazine, as one of their early Playmates of the Month. She became known for her fetish modeling and racy pin-up photos.
Page's signature jet black hair and trademark bangs have reportedly influenced many artist. She developed a significant cult following in the 1980's that continues today. Her 1990's autograph signing sessions netted her $200-$300 apiece. Several cult epic movies were released in 2005 including Bettie Page: Pin-Up Queen and Bettie Page: Bondage Queen.
A private funeral is planned for Tuesday. She will be buried at Westwood Cemetery in L.A., just a few feet from Marilyn Monroe.
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