Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bettie Page Interred at Westwood Cemetery 12/16/08

Birth: Apr. 22, 1923
Madison County
Tennessee, USA

Death: Dec. 11, 2008
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Burial: Westwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County California, USA

Source: Find a Grave

Friday, December 12, 2008

Memorium Statement by Bettie Page's Agent Mark Roesler

In Memory of Bettie Mae Page

"With deep personal sadness I must announce that my dear friend and client Bettie Page passed away at 6:41pm PST this evening in a Los Angeles hospital. She died peacefully but had never regained consciousness after suffering a heart attack nine days ago.

She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality. She is the embodiment of beauty."

Statement by Mark Roesler, business agent for Bettie Page

April 22, 1923 to December 11, 2008

A private funeral service is planned for Tuesday.

Page will buried at Westwood Cemetery in Los Angeles, just a few feet away from Monroe.

Bettie Page Dies at Age 85 - "Free at Last"

Bettie Page ... "Free at last!"

I think everyone knew it was coming. It's been a waiting game since the 2nd. So where does one start when the inevitable has happened? I guess to go with the standard obituary first ...

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. The L.A. Times' Louis Sahagun writes a nice obit. Sahagun was one of the last reporters to spend time with Page, back in 2006. He wrote about his visit here.

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

"Bettie Page captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality," said Roesler, chairman of the Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide, who was at Page's side when she died. "She was a dear friend and a special client and one of the most beautiful and influential
women of the 20th century."

A religious woman in her later life, Page was mystified by her influence on modern popular culture. "I have no idea why I'm the only model who has had so much fame so long after quitting work," she said in an interview with The Times in 2006. She had one request for that interview: that her face not be photographed. "I want to be remembered," she said, "as I was when I was young and in my golden times. . . . I want to be remembered as the woman who changed people's perspectives concerning nudity in its natural form."

In an interview 2 1/2 years ago, Hefner described Page's appeal as "a combination of wholesome innocence and fetish-oriented poses that is at once retro and very modern." With the help of admirers including Hefner, Page finally began receiving a respectable income for her work.

In an interview published in Playboy magazine in 2007, Page expressed mixed feelings about her achievements. "When I turned my life over to the lord Jesus I was ashamed of having posed in the nude," she said. "But now, most of the money I've got is because I posed in the nude. So I'm not ashamed of it now. But I still don't understand it."

She spent most of her final years in a one-bedroom apartment, reading the Bible, listening to Christian and country tunes, watching westerns on television, catching up on diet and exercise regimens or sometimes perusing secondhand clothing stores.

Occasionally, however, Page was persuaded to visit the Sunset Boulevard penthouse offices of her agents at CMG Worldwide to autograph pinups of herself in the post-World War II years of her prime. The agency controls her image and those of Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana, among others.
During one such event in early 2006, Page needed about 10 minutes to get through the 10 letters of her name. As she pushed her pen over a portrait of her in a negligee with an ecstatic smile, she laughed and said, "My land! Is that supposed to be me? I was never that pretty."

She is survived by her brother Jack Page of Nshville and sister Joyce Wallace of Blairsville, Ga.

With the above being said, I am very sad yet relieved for her. She is finally at peace. Not in any pain. And, because she was a Christian; with God. On my blogs about Bettie, I've never posed the nude pics, nor put info about her past problems with mental illness or brushes with the law because she really just wanted to live her life as a Christian, and if God forgives and puts the past behind you, then shouldn't we? It seems one
can never escape one's past
, no matter how much one wishes. Sadly, society loves to keep at the negative things in one's life in the forefront, and I for one feel that the "past is the past." When does one let the past be for the person who lived it? What a dichotemy for Ms. Page. She said in later years in an interview published in Playboy magazine in 2007, mixed feelings about her achievements. "When I turned my life over to the lord Jesus I was ashamed of having posed in the nude," she said. "But now, most of the money I've got is because I posed in the nude. So I'm not ashamed of it now. But I still don't understand it."

Bettie Page walked away from the modeling and nudity at age 35. She became a cult figure in her later years . Everyone loved her for her smile, her bangs, her naivety, and girl next door wholesomeness ... and the nudity. Bettie turned her life around and became a Christian years ago and lived in poverty for years (while others took money for her photos, videos, etc.) and it wasn't until people like Hugh Hefner, her agent, Mark Roseler, Dave Stevens (Rocketeer) and others finally stepped in and were able to get licensing agreements and residuals for her so she could at least live somewhat comfortably. I do have to give kudo's to her handlers and agents, Bettie wanted to be remembered as she was and wanted no photos taken in her later years. How they were able to achieve that goal for her I will never know; but I am glad that she was able to have that wish. Bettie will remain forever young because that's how we see her. She was a star who shined brightly behind the clouds. God Speed Bettie. For more info on Bettie:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bettie Page Still in Coma

According to KSBY 6 Action News, as of December 10th, Bettie page is still in a coma. Page was a top student who became a secretary and then went into modeling. She hoped to become a mainstream actress. With her trademark short dark bangs, her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of Playboy magazine. But it was her bondage poses that made her the target of a Senate hearing on obscenity the same year. She never had to testify.

Page was out of the public eye for decades. During that time she became a born-again Christian and had a bout with mental illness. Page resurfaced in the 1990s and occasionally granted interviews but refused to allow her picture to be taken. She told the Los Angeles Times in a March 2006 interview she wanted to be remembered as she was when she was young and in her "golden times."

And she is being remembered today ... pictured is a smiling Bettie Page.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Bettie Page Hospitalized with Heart Attack

LOS ANGELES – Bettie Page, a 1950s pinup known for her raven-haired bangs and saucy come-hither looks, was hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a heart attack, her agent said Friday.

"She's critically ill," Mark Roesler of CMG Worldwide told The Associated Press.

He said the 85-year-old had been hospitalized for the last three weeks with pneumonia and was about to be released when she had the heart attack Tuesday. Page was transferred to another hospital in Los Angeles and remained in intensive care Friday.

A family friend, Todd Mueller, said Page was in a coma. When asked to confirm, Roesler said, "I would not deny that," but he would not comment further on her condition.

Page, a secretary turned model, is credited with helping set the stage for the sexual revolution of the rebellious 1960s. She attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure that were tacked up on walls across the country.

Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.

Page later spent decades away from the public eye, and during that time battled mental illness and became a born-again Christian.

After resurfacing in the 1990s, she occasionally granted interviews but refused to allow her picture to be taken.

Mueller credits his business dealings with Page for bringing her out of seclusion. He said he first met her in 1989 when he offered her "a bunch of money" to show up at autograph signings.

"I probably sold 3,000 of her autographs, usually for $200 to $300," he said. "Eleanor Roosevelt, we got $40-$50. ... Bettie Page outsells them all."

(Source) By JAMES BELTRAN, Associated Press Writer James Beltran, Associated Press Writer – Sat Dec 6, 1:52 am ET

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bettie Page Personal Data Form from 1955 ... Interesting

I have seen this a few times floating around on the net, this copy is from Suicide Blonde.

Bettie Page Data


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bettie Page News and Update

According to a Bettie Page site on Squido, Bettie is now in a nursing home.

"For those of you following the situation, Bettie had pneumonia and a kidney condition that put her in the hospital in December 2007. She became well enough to be released to a nursing home in January. As of now, she is still bed-ridden in the nursing home and her condition has stabilized but not improved significantly.

Bettie celebrated her 85th birthday on April 22, 2008: Congratulations, Bettie! Her caregivers are reading her the fan letters and cards from her many admirers and they say she really enjoys that. No new updates have happened as of late.

Cards and well-wishes may be sent to the following address and they will be forwarded along to her. Please remember to only send items that are appropriate for an elderly, Christian-oriented woman. "

Bettie Page
c/o Scoutmaster Steve Brewster
2641 South 53rd Street
Kansas City, KS 66106
I have really been pondering this ... Bettie Page is one of the few icons who has survived to old age. Most of the early icons: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, James Dean... and others burned out way to young and were gone way to young. Yet Bettie has survived and will be remembered forever young. Amazing isn't it?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bettie Page "Girl with the perfect figure."

Did you know.... Bettie Page was nicknamed the "Girl with the Perfect Figure."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dave Stevens Loses Battle With Leukemia

Dave Stevens, co creator of the Rocketeer and the artist who helped bring Bettie Page back in the spotlight passed away at the age of 52 due to complications with his battle with leukemia. He was 52. If you haven't read or seen it, I recommend checking out Rocketeer. Great stuff.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bernie Dexter "Better than Cheesecake"

There's a great article at Papier Doll Magazine on the beautiful Bernie Dexter who has many of Bettie Page's features. Below is a portion of the article... you should read the whole article. It's a nice bio.

“It’s so funny, I’m actually quite shy and get nervous before going out!” responds the 5′2″ stranger. This wasn’t a scene from one of the many short films starring Bettie Page, a legendary 1950s model with similar physical features. The seductress is 29-year-old Bernie Dexter, contemporary pinup pioneer. Originated in the 19th century, pinups were first exhibited by French artist Jules Cheret illustrating posters of women with low-cut bodices. In 1942, lonely American soldiers fighting World War II “pinned up” photographs of shapely starlets, such as Betty Grable. By the 1970s, pinups were replaced with raunchier, pornographic shoots. Today, Bernie not only teases viewers into purchasing the fashion threads of yesteryears, but has made a male-dominated pastime accessible to everyone. Read more here.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bettie Page ... The Dark Angel

From an interesting article... "In the early 1980s, comic book talent Dave Stevens based the female love interest of his hero Cliff Secord, alias "The Rocketeer", on Page. In 1987, Greg Theakston started a fanzine called The Betty Pages and recounted tales of her life, in particular, the camera club days. For the next seven years the magazine sparked a world-wide interest in Page. Women dyed their hair and cut it into bangs in an attempt to emulate the Dark Angel. The media caught wind of the cult and numerous articles were written about her, more often than not with the help of Theakston.

Since almost all of her photos were in the public domain, dozens of people launched related products and cashed-in on the craze. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous did a piece on her, as did Entertainment Tonight. Bettie, who was living in a group home in Los Angeles was astounded when she saw the E.T. piece, having no idea that she had suddenly become famous again. Betty Pages' editor, Greg Theakston contacted her and did an extensive interview with the diva in The Betty Pages Annuals V.2. Having nothing more to say on the topic, Theakston discontinued the publication. Shortly after, Page signed with a Chicago-based agent James Swanson. (Source)