Bettie Page, RIP (1 Viewer)

Gerard K H Love

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to put a face with the name and then some. She was very pretty.
There is a post or visitors message with her spanking photo around here somewhere. Probably on Father Luke or vodka's profile.

Bettie Page had a beautiful smile.
 
to put a face with the name and then some. She was very pretty.
somehow, looking at this photo, i miss the smile. and that movie about her seemed to be spot on, the "notorious" one. but alas, my knowledge of her prior was non-existent; so that is my data bank. film = reality = perception. did anyone here know her? did Buk bed her? callous, but curious, all the same...and yes, i slow down to see a car accident, unless i'm in it. then, i call 911 - or wave like a tidal...

Now this is priceless: Heffner told the AP on Thursday, "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society ... She was a very dear person."

Somehow, I miss the HEFF fashion thang, but wtf...what a politician, how politically correct...wonder if he paid for her health insurance for all these years "” after she helped put that m-rag on the map?

Peace, Bettie: You looked good in the movie most of us will never have...
 
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Hosh

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Like Marilyn, her "body lit candles for men
on dark nights"

It's not really the death that sad--as that much is expected--so much as it's the irreplaceable quality some people have. & in a world overrun by sex-as-commerce, she still stands as one of a kind.
 
Like Marilyn, her "body lit candles for men
on dark nights"

Perhaps, but never heard of her until the movie: The Notorious... However, she probably did...

It's not really the death that sad--as that much is expected--so much as it's the irreplaceable quality some people have. & in a world overrun by sex-as-commerce, she still stands as one of a kind.

One-of-a-kind what? Sex symbol?

This is not a personal swipe; but a cultural-biz one; damn "” people made lotsa dough off of her, she made publicity.

Exploitation; sexploitation.

At least the women today know how to leverage their bourne skill set. And men, too.

Not preaching here, for that guidance, I look to my Padre, Luke...

*burp*

time for a refill...

Pax
 
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vodka

Miss Take
her passing represents the end of an era where standards for women were still real and realistic.

her body, as was Marilyn Monroe's, was natural. proportionate.

a woman like Bettie Page now, would have breast implants, tummy tuck, lip injections etc. etc. etc. the standards of womens' beauty today are a boy's body with huge breasts glued on, unless you're a high fashion model and then it is just... well... a boy's body.

gone is the gentle softness, breasts that match a woman's build, bodies created by nature and not by man.

Bettie Page
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Marilyn Monroe
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Jayne Mansfield
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Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
Here's another article about Betty Page. I shook my head when I read this here bit:

"In 1951, Page fell under the influence of a photographer and his sister who specialized in S&M. They cut her hair into the dark bangs that became her signature and posed her in spiked heels and little else. She was photographed with a whip in her hand, and in one session she was spread-eagled between two trees, her feet dangling.

"I thought my arms and legs would come out of their sockets," she said later.

Moralists denounced the photos as perversion, and Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, Page's home state, launched a congressional investigation."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081212/ap_en_ce/obit_bettie_page
 
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Very insightful, Vodka. I knew Marilyn Monroe through the press; even painted her. An explosion of blonde. I'm not quite sure what you meant by what the "realistic standards" were (or are), but with a male dominated media, they most likely are sexploited and exploited. Perhaps you know this, but paintings from a few hundred years ago and beyond (and prior), portrayed women where skinny was never "in," and meat on the bones was the rib du jour. RIP BP. And any body works; it's really the mind that matters. Cheers. Pax.
 

chronic

old and in the way
"In 1951, Page fell under the influence of a photographer and his sister who specialized in S&M. They cut her hair into the dark bangs that became her signature and posed her in spiked heels and little else. She was photographed with a whip in her hand, and in one session she was spread-eagled between two trees, her feet dangling.

"I thought my arms and legs would come out of their sockets," she said later.

Moralists denounced the photos as perversion, and Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, Page's home state, launched a congressional investigation."

That would be Irving Klaw. Besides his pretty name, he was a bit of a legend in the soft-core S&M porn field of the '40s and '50s.
 

Digney in Burnaby

donkeys live a long time
I suppose I became aware of Bettie in the early 1980s through the comic book scene: the late Dave Stevens used Bettie as the model for one of his characters in The Rocketeer series. Then there were some fanzine magazines reprinting various photo shoots she appeared in during the 1950s.

These days when I see some of these "old skool" hot rod magazines many of the women have that Bettie look. The bangs, etc.

So anyway I like the look of Bettie. Bought the coffee table book ten years ago, never managed to see the bio movie but may if it ever makes it onto one of the specialty channels.

The few interviews of her that I've read presented her as a very private person after those years, but with no regrets about having been a model.

A couple more links:
http://www.vampress.net/bettie/

 

mjp

Founding member
"In 1951, Page fell under the influence of a photographer and his sister who specialized in S&M. They cut her hair into the dark bangs that became her signature..."
She had those bangs when she was posing for the camera clubs, before Klaw knew who she was, so I don't see how they are crediting him or his sister for dropping that iconic look on her...
 

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