Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page 1923-2008

Bettie Page, the pinup queen from the 1950s, died last night after suffering a heart attack earlier this week. She was 85 years old. Here is a link to the Associated Press obituary.

Longtime readers of this blog may remember a post I did in October of 2007 about her work with the fetish photographer Irving Klaw, which I linked to modern giant woman collages that also include the domination theme.

There is a more direct link to Ms. Page and giant women. She was the model for this drawing by the famed black and white illustrator Virgil Finlay for a science fiction story entitled The Goddess of World 21. If you click on the picture for the larger version, you can see just how meticulous the cross hatching work is in this drawing. I spoke to my friend The Curator, who is one of My People, and he believes this was done in pen and ink instead of the less forgiving medium of scratchboard. Whatever the method, it is a great testament to the work of Mr. Finlay as well as the beauty of Ms. Page.

Best wishes to her friends and family, from a fan.


what is pop said...

Page starred in a few mainstream movies too, didn't she?

Matty Boy said...

No, she was an extra on a TV show or two, I think, but never showed up in major motion pictures during her heyday.

gomonkeygo said...

Oh, that Finlay illo is sweet! Thanks for shring - I had no idea it was Betty!