539wLegendary ’50s pinup model Bettie Page died yesterday of pneumonia after suffering a heart attack. She was 85. 293pagebettielr120508Page was born in Tennessee and graduated from Peabody University in a time when it was fairly uncommon for women to go to college. She initially started her career as a teacher, but ended up moving to Los Angeles to be in movies. After refusing to sleep with a studio exec, she turned to modeling and quickly became one of the most popular pinup girls of the time.

rp522bettie-page-in-the-sand-postersPage appeared as the centerfold in Playboy‘s January 1955 issue. She also later posed for kinkier, bondage-type photos that brought her great notoriety. In her later years, she became a bit of a recluse, emerging publicly only once, in 2003, at a Playboy event. Her iconic image remains a popular choice for posters and a variety of other memorabilia, as well as an inspiration to a number of present day beauties, such as Dita Von Teese.


2 responses to “R.I.P.

  1. She had great boobs 😦

  2. RIP Bettie Page, you were the epitome of real sex appeal.

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