LOS ANGELES ˆ Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose
controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set
the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.
Page was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart
attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her
agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page's family agreed to remove
life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for
three weeks with pneumonia.
"She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with
her free spirit and unabashed sensuality," Roesler said. "She is the
embodiment of beauty."
Page, who was also known as Betty, attracted national attention with
magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-
through lingerie that were quickly tacked up on walls in military
barracks, garages and elsewhere, where they remained for years.
Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-
fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic