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One of the great 50s pinups is in critical condition and getting the pre-obituary treatment today.

Although she’s far from a household name, Bettie Page will probably look familiar to any Dita Von Teese fans (and probably anyone especially taken by Ms. Joan Holloway). After a notorious string of pin-up shots in the 50s—which managed to inspire equal amounts of fervent admiration and moral outrage—she disappeared promptly from the public eye for a life of religion, marriage and missionary work, never to be professionally photographed again.

But as anyone interested in the early Playboy days can tell you, her legacy is still very much with us.

A few mementos:

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—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom