Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page 1923-2008

I wasn't going to post today, but the news of Bettie Page's death yesterday deserves special mention. My acquaintance Elizabeth Snead gives a nice nod over at THE DISH RAG.

I'm not one of those comic book fans who has Bettie Page memorabilia around the house, but I am one whose favorite artists draw their women with a tinge of the "Page." I cannot imagine what Dave Stevens', Adam Hughes', or Kevin Maguire's women would look like if it weren't for the modeling that Page did in her youth.

Much of Ms. Page's life was rocky, but thankfully people like Dave Stevens helped her receive some of the financial compensation she deserved (proving that fans are a wonderful thing, particularly when they are amazingly talented fans). In honor of her life, I think I'll rewatch THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE (starring the wonderful Gretchen Mol as Bettie).

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