Friday, December 12, 2008

Rest Darling.

My cookie exchange post is below. :) Scroll on down if you're here for that.

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."

Read the rest of the article here.

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.


vanimp said...

Great mins ahy? A sad day but a beautiful woman to be remembered. I love that cheeky smile in the picture. x

~c said...

Beautiful picture in your tribute,, she redefined a sexual revolution..

May she get the peace she deserves,..


Shibari said...

Viva la Betty :)
Betty Page.. really revoloutionized not just the sexual revoloution.. but gave women a whole new voice. So sad that she was so haunted during life and plagued with depression.
may she finally be at peace :)

Sheen V said...

I read the obit in the Philly paper this morning. She was the bomb!

Jennybean said...

What a stunner she was! Embracing beauty like hers again would do us all a world of good...

rage said...

She surely will be missed. A sexy minx she was as well.

phairhead said...

I can't believe she's really gone. the world is now emptier and much less beautiful place w/ out her

Spiky Zora Jones said...

I've seen several blogs posting this same subject. It's nice to see so many people out there that will miss her and appreciated her work.

What a gal...she was awesome.


Holly Page said...

Thanks for posting this; I missed the headline in the news this morning. I'm grateful that a such a beautiful woman showed what empowered sexuality can be all about.

pure evyl said...

Her image will not fade. From the world or my mind.