Friday, December 12, 2008

RIP Bettie Page

As GM and Chrysler go down for the count, another durable American icon has departed. The pinup queen gained in interest with the passing of the years, as she retreated into seclusion. (The Rocketeer gave her a boost, and Gretchen Mol was game as Page in the praiseworthy 2006 feature The Notorious Bettie Page.) Sex has always sold, but few sold it as mischievously, enigmatically, or attractively as Page, whose bondage photos in particular are the stuff of notoriety, and legend.

Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Mark Mori, whose documentary Bettie Page Reveals All will be released next year, wrote, "I am profoundly saddened by the passing of Bettie Page this evening.  Millions of her fans worldwide have felt truly inspired by her.  But, what I regret is the loss of a friend, who was, most of all a warm, joyous and disarmingly honest woman.  Whether in photographs or in real life, it was Bettie's joie de vivre,  which animated me and her fans over the last 58 years.  There's never been anyone like her, nor will there ever be.  She'll be remembered with love and affection always."

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