BETTIE PAGE: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend. Karen Essex, James L. Swanson.
BETTIE PAGE: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend
BETTIE PAGE: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend

BETTIE PAGE: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend

Los Angeles: General Publishing Group, 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. Presentation copy, inscribed by Bettie Page to Hugh Hefner on the half-title: "For Hugh M. Hefner, With fond memories of the old days, and with sincere thanks for all you've done to help me. Love always, Bettie Page". Additionally inscribed to the Playboy magazine founder by author James L. Swanson, also on the half-title. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation. Prior to her departure from modeling in 1957, Page achieved a measure of mainstream success thanks in large part to Hefner, who featured the iconic pin-up as the centerfold in the January 1955 issue of Playboy. However, it wasn't until 1993 when the two first met. Page, who had recently been released after eight years in a mental institution, was living "penniless and infamous" in a Los Angeles group home at the time. It was Hefner who connected Page with agent Mark Roesler who helped her achieve financial security by regaining the legal rights to many of her photographs. Hefner also attended to Page's funeral costs, and continued to pay tribute to the legendary Queen of the Pin-Ups: "It's very difficult to find a parallel for her - this combination of naughty and nice - and it's all in the context of innocence. The remarkable thing about her image is how much it's influenced pop culture - from music, to movies, to fashion." This authorized biography includes a foreword by Bettie Page and features more than 500 photographs, including many previously unpublished. Quarto. Original black cloth binding, with silver titles. Just a hint of edgewear to the dust jacket; else fine. Near fine / Near fine. Item #68869
ISBN: 1881649628

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