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Bettie Page ailing

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As you’ve probably heard by now, famed fetish model Bettie Page is in a coma after suffering a heart attack. Page, 85, gained fame in the ’50s as one of the most popular models in the girlie mag world, but dropped out of sight in the ’60s, becoming a figure of mystery until artists —most notably the late Dave Stevens— reintroduced her to a world where her somehow innocent frolicking seemed a welcome respite from even more explicit content.

Although Page disappeared in the ’60s, becoming a born again Christian and renouncing her previous modeling, she eventually resurfaced in the ’90s, and in 2003 was photographed for the first time in 40 years. In general, she preferred to not be shown during interviews, wanting “to be remembered as she was.”

We certainly do. And we send her our best wishes.

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