Friday, December 5, 2008

Fantasies...


Pinup Bettie Page hospitalized after heart attack
By JAMES BELTRAN, Associated Press
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 the Curtis Management Group told The Associated Press.
He said the 85-year-old had the heart attack Tuesday and was hospitalized Friday in the Los Angeles area.
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."

I don't really have a lot to say about her, but I first became enamored with Bettie Page when I discovered the last issue of a magazine called 'The Betty Pages'-- I was about nine years old and I thought she was the epitomy of sexy, even if I wasn't exactly clear on what "sexy" was. I have since bought many magazines and comic books featuring her, found hundreds and hundreds of photos and art online, and I even have a life-size cardboard cutout of her in my bedroom. But I have never once been interested in the person-- she never seemed real to me, just a fantasy. The person may not be long for this world, but the fantasy will never die... The rest of the world can have their Marilyn Monroe, but I will always have my Bettie Page.

4 comments:

Booksteve said...

I discovered Bettie in a magazine article I shouldn't have been reading around age 15. I recognized her later in THE ROCKETEER comic, then learned all about the legend in THE BETTY PAGES. Like you I feel, in her case, the real person is pretty much a footnote to the look--that marvelous, sexy, fun-loving look--that she pulled off better than anybody else.

Booksteve said...

BTW--That pic you have posted makes a great wallpaper...even if you CAN see the camera's shadow.

Lisa_mynx said...

i guess the shadow adds reality to the fantasy...

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