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I saw this on Beautiful Dreamer's blog and had to make my own post about it. I adore pin up models and I adored Bettie Page and her work. So of course, I want to post this.
Bettie Page dies at 85; pinup queen played a key role in the sexual revolution of the 1960s and later became a cult figure.
Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85.
Page, whose later life was marked by depression, violent mood swings and several years in a state mental institution, died Thursday night at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles, where she had been on life support since suffering a heart attack Dec. 2, according to her agent, Mark Roesler.
A cult figure, Page was most famous for the estimated 20,000 4-by-5-inch black-and-white glossy photographs taken by amateur shutterbugs from 1949 to 1957. The photos showed her in high heels and bikinis or negligees, bondage apparel -- or nothing at all.
Decades later, those images inspired biographies, comic books, fan clubs, websites, commercial products -- Bettie Page playing cards, dress-up magnet sets, action figures, Zippo lighters, shot glasses -- and, in 2005, a film about her life and times, "The Notorious Bettie Page."
Then there are the idealized portraits of her naughty personas -- Nurse Bettie, Jungle Bettie, Voodoo Bettie, Banned in Boston Bettie, Maid Bettie, Crackers in Bed Bettie -- memorialized by such artists as Olivia de Berardinis.
"I'll always paint Bettie Page," De Berardinis said Thursday night . "But truth be told, it took me years to understand what I was looking at in the old photographs of her. Now I get it. There was a passion play unfolding in her mind. What some see as a bad-girl image was in fact a certain sensual freedom and play-acting - it was part of the fun of being a woman."
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I haven't a clue what happens when you die. I'm not sure what I believe in as far as the after life stuff. I do believe in ghosts. I do believe in angels. I believe in a lot of things and some of those things contradict the others but I still believe in them despite their contradictions. The contradictions only occur because different sects believe different things and aren't open to what others believe in. That's where the contradictions in my beliefs come up. Like I said though, I'm not sure what I believe happens once you die. I just hope I figure it out before that day comes for me. Whatever happens, I hope you go on to a better place.