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May 2009

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Friday, May 8, 2009 Paging Hollywood

"Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, May 2009, World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee

That cultural icon, the fetish pin-up model who really shook things up in the fifties Bettie Page died recently. After all the bondage and spanking stuff came the depression and stays in mental institutions, then the born-again business and a stint as a Baptist missionary in Angola, then a quiet retirement in Florida then the reconsideration and reevaluation, and she became a cult figure. There was the 2005 film The Notorious Bettie Page serious and well-received as an exploration of women and cultural values and the documentary Bettie Page Reveals All is now in post-production.

Bettie Page is now a real icon. And the Bettie Page tribute "Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" opened May 2 at World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee. The curator is Lenora Claire and the works are by Olivia, Bunny Yeager, Colin Christian, Glen Hanson, Marla Rutherford and others. LA Weekly has a slideshow of the opening Perez Hilton was there. Make of it what you will.  She has become a role model to some self-determining and defiant, and not a victim of anything.  Perhaps that's so.

"Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, May 2009, World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee
"Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, May 2009, World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee
"Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, May 2009, World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee
"Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, May 2009, World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee
"Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, May 2009, World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee
"Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, May 2009, World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee
"Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, May 2009, World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee

Nearby

Strip Tease Graffiti - Hollywood Boulevard

The somewhat more wholesome icon of the same era the bronze of Marylyn Monroe at the Hollywood Museum on Highland

The bronze of Marylyn Monroe at the Hollywood Museum on Highland, at Hollywood Boulevard

If you're of another mind, directly across the street from the "Bettie Page: Heaven Bound" exhibit, in Artisans Alley just off Hollywood Boulevard, you'll find the mediation and wellness center Cosmic Om

Cosmic Om - Hollywood

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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