Bettie Page in a Coma
Pinup queen Bettie Page is in a coma following a heart attack on Tuesday. "She’s critically ill," Mark Roesler of the Curtis Management Group told The Associated Press.
Page’s girl-next-door looks and comfort with nudity and bondage made her a star among photographers in the 1950s. She was even a coveted playmate for January 1955’s Playboy. Those photos proved influential to a generation of artists, notably Dave Stevens, who revived interest in her after basing a character on the model in his acclaimed Rocketeer comic book. Other artists piled on and she gained newfound celebrity.
By that time, though, she had dropped out of sight, having found religion an dpreferring her privacy. Only in recent years has she spoken out about her career, her notoriety and the attention it has brought her. Her life was the basis for the Grethchen Mol film, The Notorious Betty Page. At no time has Page allowed her picture to be taken in her later years.