1950s pinup Bettie Page dies at 85

December 11, 2008 9:53:20 PM PST
Bettie Page, a 1950s pinup model who helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, has died. She was 85. [SIGN UP: Get entertainment news sent to you]

Her agent Mark Roesler says Page died Thursday night at a Los Angeles hospital from pneumonia. Page suffered a heart attack nine days ago. Roesler says she never regained consciousness.

Page attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through lingerie that quickly were tacked up on walls across the country. Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.

Roesler says Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia and was about to be released when she had the heart attack on Dec. 2.

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