Bunny Yeager Bettie Page Photos 11 of them! Playboy Playmate Signed Pin Up Model

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Seller: rsaigal (662) 100%, Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 173804459694 Here we have 11 signed 8" X 10" inch photos taken by Bunny Yeager of Bettie Page and all hand signed by Bunny Yeager when she was living in Miami Shores, Florida. All photos are in good shape some with subtle corner creases. A must for any pin up collector. Bunny Yeager (born Linnea Eleanor Yeager; March 13, 1930) is an American photographer and former pin-up model. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. Yeager became one of the most photographed models in Miami. After retiring from modeling, she began her career behind the camera. She met Bettie Page in 1954, and took most of the photographs of her that year. Along with photographer Irving Klaw, Yeager played a role in helping to make Page famous, particularly with her photos in Playboy magazine. Yeager is also credited with discovering the model Lisa Winters.[citation needed] Following Page's retirement, Yeager remained a successful photographer. She took the well-known still images of Ursula Andress on the beach in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No, and discovered many other notable models. In 1968 she played the role of a Swedish masseuse opposite Frank Sinatra in Lady In Cement.Yeager was played by Sarah Paulson in the 2005 film The Notorious Bettie Page.She was also featured on a CNN story about the 60th anniversary of the bikini.In the 1950s Mrs. Yeager appeared on America's Number One Game Show, What's My Line, and she stumped the panel.In 2005, Cult Epics released the DVD 100 Girls by Bunny Yeager, a documentary with behind-the-scenes footage on Yeager's photo sessions with Page and other pin-up models.In early 2010, the Warhol Museum held the first exhibition of Bunny's work. Most of the photographs in the exhibit came from Bunny's book "How I Photograph Myself" published by A.S.Barnes & Co. in 1964.In 2011, the Schuster Gallery (Berlin/Miami) became the official representative of the photographic artwork of Bunny.In November 2011, the Dezer Schauhalle in Miami FL hosted a retrospective exhibition of Bunny's work. Included were some never before seen photos of various models including the late Bettie Page. In the year 2012 the German Fashion Company bruno banani launched their new fashion Line " Bunny Yeager" and opened toegether with the Gallery Schuster Berlin/Miami a permanent Bunny Yeager Lounge in Berlin. With locks as dark as midnight and a smile as bright as day, Bettie Page was much more than a beautiful pinup model, she was simply the best. A legend as much today as during her modeling days, every facet of Bettie’s life and personality captures the interest and devotion of the thousands of fans that followed her career until the day of her mysterious disappearance. Bettie’s numerous contradictions undoubtedly added to her charismatic personality. Nice and naughty, shy and daring, simple and exotic, Bettie shone with a freshness never before seen in the modeling industry. Without elaborate props, costumes, or set-dressings, Bettie produced some of the most beautiful shots to ever grace the covers of hundreds of magazines. Bettie’s smoothly tanned skin, deep blue eyes and coal-black hair with her trademark bangs, were enough inspiration to spark the imagination of even the least experienced photographers. Her “girl next door” look and innocent smile only complemented that explosive combination of features. Born April 22, 1923, in Nashville, Tennessee, Bettie was the second child of Walter Roy Page & Edna Mae Pirtle’s six children. During Bettie’s early years, her family traveled around the country in search of economic stability. At a tender age, Bettie had to face the responsibilities of caring for her younger siblings as well as helping her mother with the house chores. Soon, problems between Bettie’s parents led to a divorce, which only worsened the family’s financial situation. In order to support her family, Edna worked as a hairdresser during the day and washed laundry at night. When Bettie was only 10 years old, her mother placed her and her two sisters in an orphanage while she worked and saved money. As a teenager, Bettie and her sisters spent countless hours trying different makeup styles and hairdos imitating their favorite movie stars. At the local community centers, Bettie learned to cook and sew, the latter, a skill that proved particularly useful years later when Bettie made her own bikinis and costumes. In these centers, a young Bettie sought refuge from her home and found enough peace and tranquility to do homework and study. It was her hard work and determination that kept Bettie at the top of her class during her high school years. As a student, she was a member and program director of the Dramatics Club, secretary treasurer of the Student Council, coeditor of the school’s newspaper and yearbook; she was even voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” As the Salutatorian of her class, Bettie won a $100 scholarship to Peabody College where she studied education while dreaming of becoming an actress. In February 1943, Bettie married her boyfriend of two years, Billy Neal. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Peabody College, Bettie moved to San Francisco to be with Billy. It was in San Francisco that Bettie got her first modeling job at a local furrier where Bettie modeled fur coats for clients. For the next few years, the free-spirited Bettie traveled from San Francisco to Nashville to Miami, even to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she fell in love with the country and its culture. Back in the United States, in November 1947, Bettie filed for divorce from Billy and moved to New York. In 1950, during a walk along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met Jerry Tibbs, a police officer with an interest in photography. Tibbs took pictures of Bettie and put together her first pinup portfolio. Little did Bettie know how much her life was about to change. Tibbs introduced Bettie to numerous other photographers including Cass Carr who organized outdoor photographic sessions, which Bettie intensely enjoyed. In a matter of months, Bettie’s modeling career had taken off. Camera clubs led to posing for various magazines such as Wink, Eyeful, Titter, and Beauty Parade. But it wasn’t until her photographs were published in Robert Harrison’s magazines that Bettie became a pinup star beyond comparison. In 1955, Bettie won the title “Miss Pinup Girl of the World.” In January 1955, she was the centerfold in Playboy’s January issue. She was even named the “Girl with the Perfect Figure,” with her photographs appearing in everything from record albums to playing cards. In 1953, Bettie auditioned for an apprenticeship at Sea Cliff Summer Theater in Long Island where she studied acting under the tutelage of Herbert Berghoff. With Berghoff’s encouragement, Bettie secured several roles in various New York productions as well as various television appearances. Her off-Broadway productions included Time is a Thief and Sunday Costs Five Pesos. Bettie even appeared in the Jackie Gleason show. While living and working in New York, Bettie often returned to Florida. During these trips south, she frequently posed for photographers Jan Caldwell, H.W. Hannau, and Bunny Yeager who often featured Bettie outdoors, in boats, and at the beach. In 1957, Bettie left New York for good and moved to Florida, her modeling career would end at the top of its popularity. Without imagining the consequences on any conscious level, Bettie found that her provocative cheesecake photographs during the period of 1950 through 1957 violated all manner of sexual taboos and finally invoked a United States Senate Committee investigation. On November 26, 1958, Bettie married her second husband, ArmondWalterson. During the following months, Bettie tried numerous jobs, and she traveled to numerous states including California, Tennessee, Illinois, and Oregon. In 1963, Bettie divorced Armond. She would later marry Harry Lear, a marriage that also ended in divorce. Through the years, to protect the privacy she craved, when people would recognize her and ask if she was Bettie Page, she’d answer, “Who’s that?” Who, indeed. Complex, contradictory, extremely intelligent, exquisitely pretty, naughty or nice, not even Bettie Page herself can tell us who she is, exactly how she got that way, and what it all means. She’s one pin-up no one can pin down, although the mystery fails to deter millions of us — and millions to come — from trying. Through the 1980s and the 1990s, Bettie Page re-surged as a modeling icon. The media, intrigued by her mysterious disappearance launched a countrywide search for Bettie. Comic books soon featured characters that resembled Bettie, contemporary artists such as Olivia, Dave Stevens, and Robert Blue immortalized their idol with their powerful images. Despite having worked with only a few competent photographers, despite having thousands of her photographs destroyed on purpose following the congressional hearings, and despite so many extant photos surviving only as inferior copies of the originals, the transcendent beauty and playful yet dangerous personality of Bettie Page trumps all else and continues to inspire documentary films, designers’ fashions, artists’ fetishes, and fans’ fantasies. The dark-haired girl from Nashville has become a living legend, a modern icon, a symbol of beauty and femininity that transcends ordinary standards. In the heart of her adoring fans, Bettie will forever remain the queen of pinups. Bettie Mae Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was an American model who gained a significant profile in the 1950s for her pin-up photos.[2][3] Often referred to as the "Queen of Pinups", her jet-black hair, blue eyes, and trademark fringe have influenced artists for generations.[4] A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Page lived in California in her early adult years before moving to New York City to pursue work as an actress. There, she began to find work as a pin-up model, and posed for dozens of photographers throughout the 1950s. Page was "Miss January 1955", one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine. "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society," said Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to the Associated Press in 2008.[5] In 1959, Page converted to evangelical Christianity and worked for Billy Graham,[6] studying at Bible colleges in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, with the intent of becoming a missionary. The latter part of Page's life was marked by depression, violent mood swings, and several years in a state psychiatric hospital suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.[7][8][9] After years of obscurity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s. Contents1Early life2Modeling career2.1Discovery and early work2.21952–57: Irving Klaw; film work2.31958–92: Retirement; departure from spotlight3Revival of public interest4Death5Biographies6In popular culture6.1Fashion and visual art6.2In fiction and literature6.3Music6.4Astronomy7Filmography8See also9References10External linksEarly lifePage was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the second of six children to Walter Roy Page (1896–1964)[10] and Edna Mae Pirtle (1901–1986).[11][12][13] At a young age, Page had to face the responsibilities of caring for her younger siblings. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old. In the 1930 Census, a few weeks before Bettie's 7th birthday, her mother Edna Pirtle Page was already listed as being divorced. After her father, whom Page would accuse of molesting her starting at age 13, was imprisoned,[14] Page and her two sisters lived in a Protestant orphanage for a year.[7] During this time, Page's mother worked two jobs, one as a hairdresser during the day and washing laundry at night. As a teenager, Page and her sisters tried different makeup styles and hairdos imitating their favorite movie stars. She also learned to sew. These skills proved useful years later for her pin-up photography when Page did her own makeup and hair and made her own bikinis and costumes. During her early years, the Page family traveled around the country in search of economic stability.[13] A good student and debate team member at Hume-Fogg High School, she was voted "Most Likely to Succeed".[13] On June 6, 1940, Page graduated as the salutatorian of her high school class[13] with a scholarship. She enrolled at George Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University), with the intention of becoming a teacher. However, the next fall she began studying acting, hoping to become a movie star. At the same time, she got her first job, typing for author Alfred Leland Crabb. Page graduated from Peabody with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. In 1943, she married high school classmate Billy Neal in a simple courthouse ceremony shortly before he was drafted into the Army for World War II.[15][16] For the next few years, she moved from San Francisco to Nashville to Miami and to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she felt a special affinity with the country, its people and its culture.[13] In November 1947, back in the United States, she filed for divorce.[citation needed] File:Bettiepage-teaserama-1955-selection.webmBettie Page as seen in the 1955 movie TeaseramaModeling careerDiscovery and early workIn 1949,[17] Page moved to New York City, where she hoped to find work as an actress. In the meantime, she supported herself by working as a secretary overlooking Rockefeller Center.[7] In 1950, while walking alone along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met NYPD Officer Jerry Tibbs, who was an avid photographer, and he gave Bettie his card. He suggested she'd make a good pin-up model, and in exchange for allowing him to photograph her, he'd help make up her first pin-up portfolio, free of charge.[13] It was Officer Tibbs who suggested to Bettie that she style her hair with bangs in front, to keep light from reflecting off her high forehead when being photographed.[7] Bangs soon became an integral part of her distinctive look. In late-1940s America, "camera clubs" were formed to circumvent laws restricting the production of nude photos. These camera clubs existed ostensibly to promote artistic photography, but in reality, many were merely fronts for the making of pornography. Page entered the field of "glamour photography" as a popular camera club model, working initially with photographer Cass Carr.[13] Her lack of inhibition in posing made her a hit, and her name and image became quickly known in the erotic photography industry. In 1951, Bettie's image appeared in men's magazines such as Wink, Titter, Eyefull and Beauty Parade.[13] 1952–57: Irving Klaw; film work Page appearing in S&M and bondage reels by Irving and Paula KlawFile:Bettie Page Klaw film.ogvA video featuring Bettie Page as a slave, lashing out against her Mistress and then getting spanked, 1955From 1952 through 1957, she posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with pin-up and BDSM themes, making her the first famous bondage model. Klaw also used Page in dozens of short, black-and-white 8mm and 16mm "specialty" films, which catered to specific requests from his clientele. These silent 'one-reel' featurettes showed women clad in lingerie and high heels, acting out fetishistic scenarios of abduction, domination, and slave-training; bondage, spanking, and elaborate leather costumes and restraints were included periodically. Page alternated between playing a stern dominatrix, and a helpless victim bound hand and foot. Klaw also produced a line of still photos taken during these sessions. Some have become iconic images, such as his highest-selling photo of Page—shown gagged and bound in a web of ropes, from the film Leopard Bikini Bound. Although these "underground" features had the same crude style and clandestine distribution as the pornographic "stag" films of the time, Klaw's all-female films (and still photos) never featured any nudity or explicit sexual content. Commenting on the bondage photos and the reputation they afforded her, Page said retrospectively: They keep referring to me in the magazines and newspapers and everywhere else as the "Queen of Bondage." The only bondage posing I ever did was for Irving Klaw and his sister Paula. Usually every other Saturday he had a session for four or five hours with four or five models and a couple of extra photographers, and in order to get paid you had to do an hour of bondage. And that was the only reason I did it. I never had any inkling along that line. I don’t really disapprove of it; I think you can do your own thing as long as you’re not hurting anybody else — that’s been my philosophy ever since I was a little girl. I never looked down my nose at it. In fact, we used to laugh at some of the requests that came through the mail, even from judges and lawyers and doctors and people in high positions. Even back in the ’50s they went in for the whips and the ties and everything else.[18] In 1953, Page took acting classes at the Herbert Berghof Studio, which led to several roles on stage and television. She appeared on The United States Steel Hour and The Jackie Gleason Show.[13] Her Off-Broadway productions included Time is a Thief and Sunday Costs Five Pesos. Page acted and danced in the feature-length burlesque revue film Striporama by Jerald Intrator in which she was given a brief speaking role. She then appeared in two more burlesque films by Irving Klaw (Teaserama and Varietease). These featured exotic dance routines and vignettes by Page and well-known striptease artists Lili St. Cyr and Tempest Storm. All three films were mildly risque, but none showed any nudity or overtly sexual content. In 1954, during one of her annual vacations to Miami, Florida, Page met photographers Jan Caldwell, H. W. Hannau and Bunny Yeager.[13] At that time, Page was the top pin-up model in New York. Yeager, a former model and aspiring photographer, signed Page for a photo session at the now-closed wildlife park Africa USA in Boca Raton, Florida. The Jungle Bettie photographs from this shoot are among her most celebrated. They include nude shots with a pair of cheetahs named Mojah and Mbili. The leopard skin patterned Jungle Girl outfit she wore was made, along with much of her lingerie, by Page herself. A large collection of the Yeager photos, and Klaw's, were published in the book Bettie Page Confidential (St. Martin's Press, 1994). After Yeager sent shots of Page to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, he selected one to use as the Playmate of the Month centerfold in the January 1955 issue of the two-year-old magazine. The famous photo shows Page, wearing only a Santa hat, kneeling before a Christmas tree holding an ornament and playfully winking at the camera. In 1955, Page won the title "Miss Pinup Girl of the World".[13] She also became known as "The Queen of Curves" and "The Dark Angel". While pin-up and glamour models frequently have careers measured in months, Page was in demand for several years, continuing to model until 1957.[4] Although she frequently posed nude, she never appeared in scenes with explicit sexual content. In 1957, Page gave "expert guidance" to the FBI regarding the production of "flagellation and bondage pictures" in Harlem.[19] 1958–92: Retirement; departure from spotlightThe reasons reported for Page's departure from modeling vary. Some reports mention the Kefauver Hearings of the United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce (after a young man apparently died during a session of bondage which was rumored to be inspired by bondage images featuring Page). However, the most likely reason for Page ending her modeling career and severing all contact with her prior life was her conversion to born-again Christianity while living in Key West, Florida, in 1959.[20] Photographer Sam Menning was the last person to photograph a pin-up of Page before her retirement.[21] On New Year's Eve 1958, during one of her regular visits to Key West, Florida, Page attended a service at what is now the Key West Temple Baptist Church. She found herself drawn to the multiracial environment and started to attend on a regular basis. She would in time attend three bible colleges, including the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon and, briefly, a Christian retreat known as "Bibletown", part of the Boca Raton Community Church, Boca Raton, Florida. She dated industrial designer Richard Arbib in the 1950s, and then married Armond Walterson in 1958;[22] they divorced in 1963.[7] During the 1960s, she attempted to become a Christian missionary in Africa, but was rejected for having had a divorce. Over the next few years, she worked for various Christian organizations before settling in Nashville in 1963, and re-enrolled at Peabody College to pursue a master's degree in education, but eventually dropped out.[7] She worked full-time for Rev. Billy Graham.[4][6] She briefly remarried Billy Neal, her first husband, who helped her to gain entry into missionary work; however, the two divorced again shortly thereafter.[citation needed] She returned to Florida in 1967, and married again, to Harry Lear,[23] but this marriage ended in divorce in 1972.[citation needed] She moved to Southern California in 1979.[6] There she had a nervous breakdown and had an altercation with her landlady. The doctors who examined her diagnosed her with acute schizophrenia, and she spent 20 months in Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, California. After a fight with another landlord, she was arrested for assault, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity and placed under state supervision for eight years.[6] She was released in 1992.[9] Revival of public interestIn the 1970s, artists Eric Stanton, Robert Blue and Olivia De Berardinis were among the first to start painting Bettie images. In 1979, artist Robert Blue had a show titled Steps Into Space, at a gallery on Melrose Place in Los Angeles, where he showed his collection of Bettie Page paintings. At that time in New York, De Berardinis had begun painting Bettie for Italian jean manufacturer Fiorucci. De Berardinis has continued to paint Bettie, and compiled a collection of this artwork in a book titled Bettie Page by Olivia (2006), with a foreword by Hugh Hefner.[13][24] In 1976, Eros Publishing Co. published A Nostalgic Look at Bettie Page, a mixture of photos from the 1950s. Between 1978 and 1980, Belier Press published four volumes of Betty Page: Private Peeks, reprinting pictures from the private-camera-club sessions, which reintroduced Page to a new but small cult following.[25] In 1983, London Enterprises released In Praise of Bettie Page — A Nostalgic Collector's Item, reprinting camera-club photos and an old cat fight photo shoot.[citation needed] A larger cult following was built around Page during the 1980s, of which she was unaware. This renewed attention was focused on her pinup and lingerie modeling rather than those depicting sexual fetishes or bondage. This attention also prompted speculation of what happened to her after the 1950s. The 1990s edition of Book of Lists[26] included Page in a list of once-famous celebrities who had vanished from the public eye. In the early 1980s, comic-book artist Dave Stevens based the female love interest of his hero Cliff Secord (alias "The Rocketeer") on Page.[27] By the mid-1980s, De Berardinis noted that women began to frequent her gallery openings sporting Bettie bangs, fetish clothing, and tattoos of Page. She described “black bangs, seamed stockings and snub-nosed 6-inch stilettos. These are Bettie Page signatures.... Although the fantasy world of fetish/bondage existed in some form since the beginning time, Bettie is the iconic figurehead of it all. No star of this genre existed before her. Monroe had predecessors, Bettie did not.” [13] In 1987, Greg Theakston started a fanzine called The Betty Pages[25] and recounted tales of her life, particularly the camera-club days. Additionally, numerous articles about the missing pop-cultural figure began appearing in the mainstream media. Since almost all of her photos were in the public domain,[citation needed] some entities launched Page-related products. In a 1993 telephone interview with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Page told host Robin Leach that she had been unaware of the resurgence of her popularity, stating that she was "penniless and infamous". Entertainment Tonight produced a segment on her. Page was living in a group home in Los Angeles. Theakston contacted her and extensively interviewed her for The Betty Page Annuals V.2.[citation needed] My son had noticed all the books and calendars and plates being sold with her face on them,...I called her up and said, `Bettie, there is a chance for you to make money off this"her brother, Jack[28] In 1993,[29] Jack persuaded Page to pursue royalties through Chicago attorney James L. Swanson.[28] James L. Swanson and Karen Essex wrote a coffee table book, Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend[30][31] “...it was her appearance on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, an American TV show that ran from 1984 to 1995, that led to her acquiring an agent, Everett Fields, the grandson of WC (Fields). One of his partners, Swanson, took over her management and co-authored her biography, but the relationship deteriorated into lawsuits. It was primarily Stevens and JB Rund, the publisher of Private Peeks, who worked to get her better representation, which helped her collect royalties on the images of her used in popular culture.[32]”Three years later, nearly penniless and failing to receive any royalties, Page fired Swanson.[citation needed] In 1993, Page signed[33] with Mark Roesler[34][35] and his Curtis Management Group, Incorporated,[36] later CMG Worldwide.[35][37] CMG Worldwide has also represented the James Dean and Marilyn Monroe estates.[38][39][40] Page occasionally autographed pinups at her agents' CMG Worldwide penthouse offices on Sunset Boulevard[41] Page began collecting payments via CMG Worldwide.[citation needed] After Jim Silke made a large-format comic featuring Page's likeness, Dark Horse Comics on the 1990s published a comic book based on her fictional adventures.[citation needed] Eros Comics published several Bettie Page titles, including the tongue-in-cheek Tor Love Bettie which comically suggested a romance between Page and wrestler-turned-Ed Wood film actor, Tor Johnson.[citation needed] The question of what Page did in the obscure years after modeling was answered in part with the publication of an official biography in 1996, Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-up Legend.[42] That year, Page granted a TV interview to entertainment reporter Tim Estiloz for the NBC morning magazine program Real Life. At Page's request, her face was not shown. The interview was broadcast only once.[citation needed] Another biography, The Real Bettie Page: The Truth about the Queen of Pinups (1997)[43] was written by Richard Foster. The book stated that a Los Angeles County Sheriff's police report said Page suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and, at age 56, had stabbed her elderly landlords[32] on the afternoon of April 19, 1979 in an unprovoked attack, during a fit of insanity.[44] In 1997, E! True Hollywood Story aired a feature on Page titled, Bettie Page: From Pinup to Sex Queen.[45] In a late-1990s interview, Page stated she would not allow any current pictures of her to be shown because of concerns about her weight. However, in 1997, Page changed her mind and agreed to a television interview for the aforementioned E! True Hollywood Story on the condition that the location of the interview and her face not be revealed (she was shown with her face and dress electronically blacked out). Page allowed a publicity picture to be taken of her for the August 2003 edition of Playboy. In 2006, the Los Angeles Times ran an article headlined “A Golden Age for a Pinup”, covering an autographing session at CMG Worldwide. Once again, Page declined to be photographed. In a 1998 interview with Playboy, she commented on her career: I never thought it was shameful. I felt normal. It's just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous. In her last years, she hired a law firm to help her recoup some of the profits being made with her likeness. According to MTV: "Katy Perry's rocker bangs and throwback skimpy jumpers. Madonna's Sex book and fascination with bondage gear. Rihanna's obsession with all things leather, lace and second-skin binding. Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. The SuicideGirls Web site. The Pussycat Dolls. The entire career of Marilyn Manson's ex-wife Dita Von Teese." would not have been possible without Page.[46] In 2011, Page's estate made the Forbes annual list of top-earning dead celebrities, earning $6 million and tied with the estates of George Harrison and Andy Warhol, at 13th on the list.[47] In 2014, Forbes estimated that Page's estate earned $10 million in 2013.[48] Death Bettie Page's graveAccording to long-time friend and business agent Mark Roesler, Page was hospitalized in critical condition on December 6, 2008.[49] Roesler was quoted by the Associated Press as saying Page had suffered a heart attack[6] and by Los Angeles television station KNBC as claiming Page was suffering from pneumonia.[50] Her family eventually agreed to discontinue life support, and she died at 18:41 PST on December 11, 2008.[4][8] BiographiesIn 2004, Cult Epics produced the biographical film Bettie Page: Dark Angel. This low-budget straight-to-disc biopic centers on the 1953–1957 Irving Klaw period, faithfully recreating six lost fetish films she did for Klaw. Model Paige Richards plays the title role. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) follows her life from the mid-1930s through the late-1950s. It stars actress Gretchen Mol as the adult Page. Bonus footage added to the DVD release includes rare color film from the 1950s of Page playfully undressing and striking various nude poses for the camera. In 2012, Bettie Page Reveals All was filmed and premiered, then released nationwide the following year. It was an authorized biographical documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Mark Mori. The documentary included narration from Bettie Page herself, culled from over 6 hours of interviews prior to her 2008 death. The film also included commentary from individuals such as Dita Von Teese, Hugh M. Hefner, Rebecca Romijn, Tempest Storm, Bunny Yeager, Paula Klaw, Mamie Van Doren and Naomi Campbell.[51][52][53] In popular cultureFashion and visual artFor its Polynesian-inspired Spring-Summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection, French fashion house Christian Dior styled the hair of its models with Bettie Page as inspiration.[54]In Seattle, Washington, a homeowner became the subject of a short-lived controversy when he had an artist friend paint a large mural of Page on the side of his home. The mural is visible from Interstate 5, just south of the 65th Street exit.[55] In 2016, the mural was vandalized, leading to a restoration and the addition of drag star Divine.[56]In fiction and literatureThe BD-3000 luxury droid in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) was inspired by Bettie Page.[57]In Quentin Tarantino's 2007 film Death Proof, Rosario Dawson pays homage to Page with her trademark haircut.[58]In Suda51's video game Lollipop Chainsaw, a pre-order downloadable outfit took inspiration from Bettie Page as a pinup girl outfit, and included her signature haircut with bangs.[59]In one of his numerous fictional back-page biographical sketches, Harlan Ellison claimed to be "writing a biography of Bettie Page for young adults".[60]MusicBeyoncé pays homage to Bettie Page in her music videos for "Video Phone" and "Why Don't You Love Me".[61]Alternative country band BR5-49 recorded an ode to Page named "Bettie, Bettie" on their 1996 debut EP Live From Robert's. In interviews, Page stated that this was her favorite of the songs written about her.[62]German punk band Bettie Ford recorded a song called 'Bettie Page' for their 2004 album Leage of Fools.Swedish concept band DC-Pöbeln (a.k.a. Dagcenterpöbeln) from Örebro put Bettie Page on the cover of their only record Bettan/Dödgrävaren (1985).[63]The Jazz Butcher included the song "Just Like Betty Page" on the album, A Scandal in Bohemia (1984), using Page for a simile in the chorus "You have me/As far as I can see/roped and trussed just like dear Betty Page."[64]Post-punk group Public Image Ltd released a song called "Bettie Page" on their album What the World Needs Now... in 2015.The Hungarian rockabilly band Mystery Gang Rockabilly Trio has a song about Bettie Page called My Baby Wants to Look Like Bettie Page.[65][66]American guitarist and former Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito celebrated Betty on his 2003 album Band Box Boogie, with the song "Where Did You Go Betty Page?"AstronomyMinor planet 184784 is named for her.FilmographyStriporama (1953)Varietease (1954)Teaserama (1955)Irving Klaw Bondage Classics, Volume I (London Enterprises, 1984)[citation needed]Irving Klaw Bondage Classics, Volume II (London Enterprises, 1984)[citation needed]100 Girls by Bunny Yeager (Cult Epics, 2005), a documentary with behind-the-scenes footage on Yeager's photo sessions with Page and other pin-up models[citation needed]Bettie Page: Bondage Queen (Cult Epics, 2005)[citation needed]Bettie Page: Pin Up Queen (Cult Epics, 2005), a compilation of her burlesque dancing performances from Striporama, Varietease, and Teaserama, plus The Exotic Dances of Bettie Page (13 black-and-white dancing and cat-fight shorts)[67]Bizarro Sex Loops, Volume 4 (Something Weird Video, 2007)[citation needed]Bizarro Sex Loops, Volume 20 (Something Weird Video, 2008), Page appears in a set of Irving Klaw bondage reels in a collection of vintage fetish shorts[citation needed] Linnea Eleanor "Bunny" Yeager[1][2][3] (March 13, 1929 – May 25, 2014) was an American photographer and pin-up model.[3][4] Contents1Early life and career2Later career3Legacy4Media appearances and depictions5Personal life and death6Books7References8Further reading9External linksEarly life and careerLinnea Eleanor Yeager was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, to Raymond Conrad and Linnea (née Sherlin) Yeager on March 13, 1926.[3][5] Her family moved to Florida in when she was 17.[5] She adopted the nickname "Bunny" from Lana Turner's character Bunny Smith in the 1945 movie Week-End at the Waldorf.[5] The nickname has also been attributed to her portrayal of the Easter Bunny in a high school play.[6] She graduated from Miami Edison High School and afterwards enrolled at the Coronet Modeling School and Agency.[7] She won numerous local beauty pageants including in rapid succession Queen of Miami, Florida Orchid Queen, Miss Trailercoach of Dade County, Miss Army & Air Force, Miss Personality of Miami Beach, Queen of the Sports Carnival and Cheesecake Queen of 1951.[6] Yeager became one of the most photographed models in Miami.[3][8] Photos of Yeager appeared in over 300 newspapers and magazines.[6] Yeager also designed and sewed many of the outfits she and her models wore, at one time boasting that she never wore the same outfit twice while modeling.[7] She designed and produced hundreds of bikinis when the two-piece swimsuit was a new fashion item and is credited with its popularity in America.[1][7][9] Bruno Banani, the German fashion company, has developed a line of swimwear based on Yeager's designs from the 1950s.[1] Yeager entered photography to save money by copying her modeling photographs, enrolling in a night class at a vocational school in 1953.[5] Her career as a professional photographer began when a picture of Maria Stinger, taken for her first school assignment, was sold to Eye magazine for the cover of the March 1954 issue.[5][7][10] She became a technically skilled photographer noted for, among other things, her early use of the fill flash technique to lighten dark shadows when shooting in bright sun.[9] Yeager was one of the first photographers to photograph her models outdoors with natural light.[4] Matt Schudel wrote in The Washington Post that her images were vivid and dynamic, going on to say, "She favored active poses and a direct gaze at the camera lens, in what could be interpreted alternately as playful innocence or pure lust."[4] She met Bettie Page in 1954, and took most of the photographs of her that year.[3] During their brief collaboration she took over 1,000 pictures of Page.[6] Along with photographer Irving Klaw, Yeager played a role in helping to make Page famous, particularly with her photos in Playboy magazine.[3] American Photo magazine described Yeager's work with Page as "a body of imagery that remains some of the most memorable — and endearing — erotica on record" in a 1993 article.[11] The most famous images of Page by Yeager include the January 1955 Playboy centerfold in which she kneels wearing only a Santa hat while hanging a silver ornament on a Christmas tree and a series of photographs with a pair of live cheetahs.[11][12] Yeager was a very prolific and successful pinup photographer in the 1950s and 1960s, so much so, that her work was described as ubiquitous in that era.[13][14] She continued to work extensively with Playboy shooting eight centerfolds in addition to covers and pictorial spreads.[13] She discovered Lisa Winters, the first Playmate of the Year.[6] Yeager also appeared in the magazine as a model five times.[6] One appearance with the headline, "Queen of the Playboy Centerfolds", was photographed by Hugh Hefner.[6] Her work was also published in mainstream magazines including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Pageant, Redbook and Women's Wear Daily.[6] The famous still images she took of Ursula Andress emerging from the water on the beach in Jamaica for the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No are probably her best known bikini photographs.[3][13] She discovered many notable models.[3] In the 1970s as men's magazines became more anatomically graphic Yeager largely stopped photographing for them, saying they were somewhat "smutty" and that, "They had girls showing more than they should."[5][15] In 1998 she stated, "The kind of photographs they wanted was something I wasn't prepared to do."[6] Later careerAn exhibition titled "Beach Babes Bash" in the early 1990s at the Center for Visual Communication (at that time located in Coral Gables, Florida) featured photographs by Yeager of models from Miami on the beach from the 1950s.[8] Another exhibit at the same gallery featuring Yeager's work was titled "Sex Sirens of the Sixties."[16] In 1992 Playboy published a retrospective of her work titled "The Bettie Boom".[6][17] Since 2002, Yeager's work has been exhibited in contemporary art galleries.[18] In early 2010, The Andy Warhol Museum held the first major museum exhibition of Yeager's work.[8] The exhibit, "The Legendary Queen of the Pin Up", featured her self-portraits, some from her book How I Photograph Myself published by A.S. Barnes & Co. in 1964.[19] "The Fabulous Bunny Yeager" an exhibit in 2011 at the Harold Golen Gallery in Miami also featuring self-portraits by Yeager was of photographs that had not been exhibited previously.[8] Also in 2011 Helmut Schuster curated an exhibition for Art Basel at the Dezer Schauhalle in Miami titled "Bunny Yeager: Retrospective to the Future" featuring over 200 of Yeager's photos.[20] Included were some images that had not been shown before of models including Bettie Page. In 2012 Bunny Yeager had two exhibitions in Germany, "Funland" at Gallery Schuster Potsdam and "Femme Fatale" in December 2012 at Gallery Schuster Berlin.[21][22][23] The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale held a 2013 exhibit, "Bunny Yeager: Both Sides of the Camera" featuring her photographs of herself, Page, and model Paz de la Huerta.[16] The exhibit also included some of Yeager's first new pictures in twenty years.[16] Yeager had a show at the Sofia Vault in Sofia, Bulgaria in October 2013.[24] The Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida put on an exhibit, "Bunny Yeager: Selections from How I Photograph Myself" in 2014.[25] The Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas held a posthumous exhibit, "Bunny's Bombshells", from June 5 to July 20 2014.[26][27] She had her own studio in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, part of the Center for Visual Communication.[8][14] There is a "Bunny Yeager Lounge" in Berlin which is open to the public and shows photos, memorabilia and movies.[28] Yeager was also founding editor and publisher of a trade magazine for entertainment professionals, Florida Stage & Screen.[6] As of 1998 her 24 books had sold over 1 million copies.[6] LegacyYeager's obituary in The Miami Herald called her "one of the country’s most famous and influential photographers."[13] She has been cited as influencing many artists and photographers including Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura.[7][29] Arbus called her, "the world’s greatest pinup photographer."[4][13] In The New York Times, Margalit Fox wrote, "She is widely credited with helping turn the erotic pinup — long a murky enterprise in every sense of the word — into high photographic art."[1] Her obituary in The Independent titled, "Bunny Yeager: Pin-up who moved behind the camera to take influential, iconic shots of Bettie Page and Ursula Andress" called her photographic technique pioneering and influential.[15] The Washington Post reported she "helped define [the] art of erotic photography."[4] Yeager is credited with helping to popularize the bikini in America.[9][13] The inspiration for the term "cheesecake" in reference to scantily clad women has been attributed to Yeager.[13] Her books, including Photographing the Female Figure which sold over 300,000 copies, have influenced several generations of photographers.[6] Media appearances and depictionsOn July 14, 1957, Yeager appeared on What's My Line?, stumping the panel.[30] She was also on I've Got a Secret and To Tell the Truth.[6] She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1966 to discuss her book, How I Photograph Myself.[9] In 1968 she played the role of a Swedish masseuse opposite Frank Sinatra in Lady In Cement.[3] She had bit parts in over half a dozen films including Tony Rome, Midnight Cowboy, Porky's, Dogs of War, Absence of Malice, Harry & Son and The Mean Season.[9][13] Yeager also had small roles in a number of television series including Miami Vice and made occasional appearances singing in Miami nightclubs.[6] Yeager was played by Sarah Paulson in the 2005 film The Notorious Bettie Page.[31] She was also featured on a 2006 CNN story about the 60th anniversary of the bikini.[32] In 2005, Cult Epics released the DVD 100 Girls by Bunny Yeager, a documentary with behind-the-scenes footage on Yeager's photo sessions with Page and other pin-up models.[33] Personal life and deathBunny Yeager was married twice, first to Arthur Irwin who died in 1977 and then to Harry Schaefer who died in 2000.[5] She had two daughters, Lisa and Cherilu.[5] Yeager died on May 25, 2014 of congestive heart failure at age 85 in North Miami, Florida.[1][4] Condition: Used, Signed by: BUNNY YEAGER

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