’50s pin-up gal Bettie Page died in Los Angeles today at the age of 85. Bettie was put on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page’s family agreed to remove life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.
Bettie posed for thousands of sexual and/or nude photographs in the ’50s, when such modeling was most definitely not done in the mainstream. She is credited with setting the scene for the sexual revolution of the ’60s. “I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer,” she said later. “I wasnâ€™t trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didnâ€™t think of myself as liberated, and I donâ€™t believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didnâ€™t know any other way to be, or any other way to live.”
R.I.P., Bettie, and thank you.