Pin-Up Bettie Page Dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controverisal photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

Page suffered a heart attack last week in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent Mark Roesler. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

Page attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through lingerie.

Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.

The latter helped contribute to her mysterious disappearance from the public eye, which lasted decades and included years during which she battled mental illness and became a born-again Christian.