Saturday, December 13, 2008

Goodbye to Bettie Page (1923 - 2008)

(Reposted from 'Video Cabinet in Limbo')

1950s pin-up queen Bettie Page died yesterday, December 12th, at the age of 85.

There are plenty of places to see her racy photos and read about her career and her mystique, and I urge you to click around the web and take a peek
- - especially if you're not that familiar with her.

There's also much that's been written about her that tries to define her particular allure.

I think the vintage 'dance' footage below typifies the quality she had for transmitting a sex appeal that wasn't lascivious, but wasn't really about innocence, either.
Maybe just the joy of 'pretend' or 'play'?

In these 'striptease' films, Bettie looks gorgeous, but her dance moves are just downright silly (Was she self-taught?), and for the most part seem to have very little correlation to sexiness - - and maybe that's what makes them - - and her - - so fascinating.

I suppose that the video clips below are NSFW, but gosh, are they tame by today's standards...

(NOTE: Please leave a comment if you discover dead video links. Thanks.)

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