Via Mark Evanier and Bob at Bob + Dusty’s Whirl-A-Go-Go, it is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of popular pin-up gal Bettie Page, who died at the age of 85.
The New York Times has an obituary here, and you’d probably be better off reading that and Mark’s tribute because Bettie’s heyday was a bit before my time. My only familiarity with the pin-up icon was seeing her in several comic book/graphic novel catalogs, and finally I had to ask my father: “Dad, who’s Bettie Page?” (He replied that she was the woman who sang about the doggie in the window…proving that the apple doesn’t fall all that far from the tree.) I did manage to see (I bought the DVD on sale somewhere) The Notorious Bettie Page, a 2006 feature film directed by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho) and starring Gretchen Mol, who did a bang-up job at impersonating Bettie.
R.I.P., Ms. Page. You will be missed.