The Infectious Bettie Page

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Birth: Apr. 22, 1923
Jackson
Madison County
Tennessee, USA

Death: Dec. 11, 2008
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Burial: Westwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County California, USA

Source: Find a Grave

b. April 22, 1923  d. December 11, 2008
Model, American Folk Figure. She was a photographer’s model who was the subject of thousands of pin-up pictures during the post-World War II years. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, she was a graduate of Peabody College and worked briefly as a teacher. Moving to California, she worked as a model and actress, and, in 1950, was spotted by photographer Jerry Tibbs who created her first pin-ups. However, it was photographer Bunny Yeager’s images of her with and without leopard skins that brought her…
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Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA

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In Memory of Bettie Mae Page

“With deep personal sadness I must announce that my dear friend and client Bettie Page passed away at 6:41pm PST this evening in a Los Angeles hospital. She died peacefully but had never regained consciousness after suffering a heart attack nine days ago.

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

Statement by Mark Roesler, business agent for Bettie Page

April 22, 1923 to December 11, 2008

A private funeral service is planned for Tuesday.

Page will buried at Westwood Cemetery in Los Angeles, just a few feet away from Monroe.

According to KSBY 6 Action News, as of December 10th, Bettie page is still in a coma. Page was a top student who became a secretary and then went into modeling. She hoped to become a mainstream actress. With her trademark short dark bangs, her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of Playboy magazine. But it was her bondage poses that made her the target of a Senate hearing on obscenity the same year. She never had to testify.

Page was out of the public eye for decades. During that time she became a born-again Christian and had a bout with mental illness. Page resurfaced in the 1990s and occasionally granted interviews but refused to allow her picture to be taken. She told the Los Angeles Times in a March 2006 interview she wanted to be remembered as she was when she was young and in her “golden times.”

And she is being remembered today … pictured is a smiling Bettie Page.

Bettie Page at Coney Island

Bettie Page at Coney Island

LOS ANGELES – Bettie Page, a 1950s pinup known for her raven-haired bangs and saucy come-hither looks, was hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a heart attack, her agent said Friday.

“She’s critically ill,” Mark Roesler of CMG Worldwide told The Associated Press.

He said the 85-year-old had been hospitalized for the last three weeks with pneumonia and was about to be released when she had the heart attack Tuesday. Page was transferred to another hospital in Los Angeles and remained in intensive care Friday.

A family friend, Todd Mueller, said Page was in a coma. When asked to confirm, Roesler said, “I would not deny that,” but he would not comment further on her condition.

Page, a secretary turned model, is credited with helping set the stage for the sexual revolution of the rebellious 1960s. She attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure that were tacked up on walls across the country.

Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.

Page later spent decades away from the public eye, and during that time 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.

Mueller credits his business dealings with Page for bringing her out of seclusion. He said he first met her in 1989 when he offered her “a bunch of money” to show up at autograph signings.

“I probably sold 3,000 of her autographs, usually for $200 to $300,” he said. “Eleanor Roosevelt, we got $40-$50. … Bettie Page outsells them all.”

(Source:  JAMES BELTRAN, Associated Press Writer James Beltran, Associated Press WriterSat Dec 6, 1:52 am ET)

Bettie Page Data

Bettie Page Data

Came across some nice art work by an artist named James May.  He has quite a portfolio on Bettie Page.  It’s definitely worth a look see!  Visit his site here.

According to a Bettie Page Site on Squido our Bettie is in a nursing home now:

“For those of you following the situation, Bettie had pneumonia and a kidney condition that put her in the hospital in December 2007. She became well enough to be released to a nursing home in January. As of now, she is still bed-ridden in the nursing home and her condition has stabilized but not improved significantly.

Bettie celebrated her 85th birthday on April 22, 2008: Congratulations, Bettie! Her caregivers are reading her the fan letters and cards from her many admirers and they say she really enjoys that. No new updates have happened as of late.

Cards and well-wishes may be sent to the following address and they will be forwarded along to her. Please remember to only send items that are appropriate for an elderly, Christian-oriented woman.

Bettie Page
c/o Scoutmaster Steve Brewster
2641 South 53rd Street
Kansas City, KS 66106

Suffice it to say … Bettie will remain forever young and vibrant in the public’s eye … she will never age but remain a timeless beauty inside and out.


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