William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 12, December, 2008

R.I.P Bettie

Filed under: Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 22:00

An Icon of pin-up has died.
Bettie Page, made famous by Irving Klaw and Bunny Yeager, one of the first Playboy centerfolds, then retired into obscurity passed yesterday. Her later life was not happy, with several failed marriages and a struggle with mental illness.

She was also older than she would admit. If you see a photo of a younger Bettie, and they give the age, it’s wise to add ten years to the total. She was afraid she wouldn’t get work if she told her true age, and she didn’t want to be a fading star, so she granted few interviews or permissions for photography in her later years. She wanted to be remembered as she was in the fifties.

Bettie Page’s images come to mind when you hear the words “Pin-up Model”. She seemed to be having fun with her work. It was that playfulness that gives her pin-up work an innocent aspect. Yes, she made money being photographed in skimpy (or without) clothing. I wouldn’t be concerned about showing those photos to my mother, though.

I hope she at last finds some peace.


1 Comment »

  1. Beautiful lady, kept many a soldier, sailor, and Marine going over the years! Too bad things went so badly for her later in life.

    Comment by Old NFO — Saturday, 13, December, 2008 @ 16:47 | Reply

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