Posts Tagged ‘Bettie Page’

More thoughts about Bettie Page

December 15, 2008

Bettie was a well known face in a very closeted industry, of the time that was the 1950s. And actually was named as part of a MaCarthy board hearing regarding indecency. So with that she would be more infamous them starlet Marlin Monroe famous. Then after the 50’s nothing from her at all. This is when the myths started.. She was murdered by the FBI…  aliens kidnapped her…..etc….

When I first started seeing the Bettie Page stuff around in the very late 80’s – early 90’s, I had it in my head that it was some hip company out of LA that was producing images by a modern day model, who was dressing in retro 40’s 50’s style and made the photos look old. How cool!!! I was nieave that the actual 50’s went this cool, with the moral standard and so on.

Now she was becoming marketable in catalogues and in many contemporary pinup art and illustrations. Artist’s Like Dave Stevens, Olivia and Jim Silk were banking on images of the Bettie Page girl that is shrouded in mystery.



It took somebody to get a hold of her and have her to realize that there was a whole subculture of catalogue and mechanize devoted to her image. She was a little old church going grandmaw living in Fla., or something completely, unaware that any of this was even going on.



She did reconnect and did get to experience some new exposure, and make some limited appearances signings, etc. She did not want to be photographed in the new interviews feeling that she wanted to be remembered like she was and not spoiling the illusion.

More art and pictures can be found here.

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THE QUEEN IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE QUEEN …..

December 13, 2008

…. whomever that’s gonna be…

As I feared, Bettie Page Interstellar pinup Queen Goddess, passed on to the next level last night!

http://www.bettiepage.com/obit/obit.html

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April 22 1923 – Dec 11 2008

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.

SPOILER ALERT : Supposedly this is Bettie at 80… strange it was posted somewhere, being that there was such a mystique about wanting to be photographed in her later years.
(Sorry for the nudity but there is nothing offensive about this dames body!)

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Warm up seasonal sketches and public thanks

December 12, 2008

First up I want to thank Jon over at OTRCAT.com for his package! Cool now I have a whole disk of Jack Benny Christmas shows on mp3 to listen to while I’m working. Be sure to check out all those OTR shows and order them for your relatives they make great gifts for this time of year.

I’ve been listening to all kinds of odd OTR radio shows out of places like “Yesterday USA” while working buizzed-bully over here at the RevoluTuck Studios. The demands are really flooding in right now. Here is a page of warm up sketches I worked up, both in 1940s girl feel.

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First one is some space cutie while listening to a cheezey episode of “Space Patrol” and the other is a pinup girl Santa .. and she’s got a gift for you! Hoo Hoo HoooooOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

UPDATE: SPEAKING OF PINUP GIRLS.. OH NO!!!!!!

Bettie Page remains hospitalized, in a coma

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP)

1950s pin-up queen Bettie Page is very sick. She was about to be released from a hospital last week after recovering from pneumonia, when she had a heart attack and went into a coma. She’s 85.

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.”

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)