A Page of History

” God…What a Bod.”

(High School saying)

A few weeks ago, legendary pinup queen Bettie Page had a heart attack and shortly thereafter died of pneumonia. She was 85. Although her name may not be familiar to you, it would be hard to find anyone over the age of 30 who could not recognize Ms. Page from the 20,000 racy photographs taken of her in the late ‘40’s and ‘50’s.

Along with Hugh Hefner and Marilyn Monroe, Ms. Page is regarded as one of the pioneers in the sexual revolution of the ‘60’s. Without shame – she was most often photographed naked, nearly naked, or in a daring (for the ‘50’s) bikini on a California beach. She was even featured in ‘Bondage & Discipline’ images although she didn’t quite “get” the motif. “Why would anyone want to be tied-up?” she was quoted as asking. Her photos were found in sleazy men’s mags of the times, under the beds of teen boys, and proudly published by ‘Nudism & Nature’ periodicals.

“She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality,” said agent Mark Roesler in a written statement. “She is the embodiment of beauty.”

A private funeral service was held for Ms. Page in Los Angeles. She was buried at Westwood Cemetery just a few feet away from Marilyn Monroe.


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3 Responses to “A Page of History”

  1. amy stahl says:

    It actually took me a while to stop thinking about this.
    I feel older.
    I truly loved this woman. More than an icon to me, that is sure.

  2. It’s fitting that a few words from the good book should be spoken. But since most of us are taught the good book by our Mom’s they never read the good parts of the good book. So I will. In Proverbs it says it is better to cast thy seed in the belly of a whore than to cast it on the ground. I’ve done my own field study on that come to agree wholeheartedly with the good book as it sure was better to cast seed in a tainted lady. I’m sure in our younger days Betty and I would have agreed on everything but the price. If the ground could get pregnant most of the flowers of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s would be named after her.

  3. paolo. says:

    Hilarious, Joseph! But I sure don’t agree with the Bible when it talks about “casting thy seed in the belly of a whore.” Even I can think of a few better places.

    Still thinking about (and laughing over) your last Bible story!


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