Friday, December 12, 2008

1950s pinup model Bettie Page dies in LA at 85

Born April 22, 1923, in Nashville, Tenn.
Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

In the late 1940s, what were known as camera clubs were formed as a means of circumventing legal restrictions on the production of nude photos. These clubs existed ostensibly to promote artistic photography, but many were merely fronts for the making of erotica. Page entered the field of glamour photography as a popular camera club model, working initially with photographer Cass Carr.[3] Her lack of inhibition in posing made her a hit. Her name and image became quickly known in the erotic photography industry, and in 1951, her image appeared in men's magazines with names like Wink, Titter, Eyefull and Beauty Parade


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettie_Page
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/12/11/entertainment/e191926S32.DTL

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