Bettie Page, the striking, raven-haired 1950s pinup was hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a heart attack, her agent told the Associated Press on Friday.
The 85-year-old had been hospitalized for the last three weeks with pneumonia and was about to be released when she had the heart attack Tuesday. Page remained in intensive care Friday, apparently in a coma.
Page was immortalized in the 2006 film The Notorious Bettie Page (starring Gretchen Mol as Page) which chronicled her sexually provocative and playful 50s modeling career and subsequent decision to live a quiet, “Christian” life (leading many to believe she had died) until resurfacing in the 1990s where her autographs often went for hundreds of dollars.
Posing for Hugh Hefner’s fledging new magazine Playboy in 1955, one could argue that Page inadvertently helped spark the sexual revolution.