Friday, December 12, 2008

Goodbye, Bettie

Bettie Page ~ April 22, 1923 - December 11, 2008

Dearest Bettie, I'm sure you'll never know how much impact you had on a country, a culture, and, least importantly, this little pin-up wanna be.

Rest in Peace, lovely lady. You will never be forgotten.


kim said...

OM Goddesssss! Noooo! I dod nto hear this until I read your post.

Teacats said...

Indeed a great lady. Stylish, sexy and independent. She walks in bright company now!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Lorelei said...

Didn't know she was still alive a while ago!

She was sweet and one of a kind but in a way she also degraded herself by doing waht she did. Same as the centerfold girls even though Bettie didn't take off her top.

And I'm very liberal, mind you! But I think women should not make themselves objects like Marilyn for example. Dita von Teese is a bit different and Madonna because they seem strong, not vulnerable like Bettie.

But I don't know much about Bettie so correct me if I'm wrong.

Rapunzel said...

Lorelei, thank you for stopping by the castle, hope you'll visit again soon!

hmm...I never thought of Bettie as particularly vulnerable but you could be right. I am only going by stories I've read, quotes from her website, and, of course, the movie done about her.

To me she seemed innocent, which was part of her appeal, but very comfortable with her own sexuality and nudity, never thought there was anything wrong with what she did.

Now, knowing more of her life story and the fact that she did suffer from some mental illness later on, there may have been more going on that we realized at the time. I just don't know.

She inspired me by giving me "permission" to be the wholesome "girl next door" but without giving up my own sexuality. I could be a "good girl" but also just a little bit bad. *wink* She embodied femininity, sex appeal and class all at once, something the modern day "sex symbols" (aka porn stars) simply don't do.

Thank you for giving me food for thought this morning! :-)

Rapunzel said...

Kim, I knew she was in the hospital and feared the worst..sigh...

Rapunzel said...

Jan, I agree. Knowing Bettie's deep faith, I have no doubt that she is peaceful and happy in whatever vision of "heaven" she chose to be.

Helen K. said...

Well, I'm a pretty bold girl myself too but I've learned to be careful not to give the wrong impression of me. People so easily get mean and jealous and men tend to use you if they see that you are comfortable with your sexuality.

But I adored Bettie too in a way. :-9

Helen K. said...

That was supposed to be a smile :-) not nine! Looks like I'm licking my lips. God! :-D