[Atompunk] The Soviet Bettie Page
bruces at well.com
Sat Dec 6 13:33:59 CET 2008
*One has to wonder if it gets any more atompunk than Bettie Page.
Imagine being a mentally-ill born-again Christian 50s pinup.
*A *Soviet* Bettie Page. Why was the world denied a Soviet
Bettie Page? What would it take to engineer one?
Ex-Pinup Bettie Page 'Critically Ill' In Hospital
LOS ANGELES (AP) ― 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
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
Page later spent decades away from the public eye, and during that
time battled mental illness and became a born-again Christian...
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