Bettie Page, legendary pin-up girl of the 1950s, died Thursday in Los Angeles of a heart attack. She was 85.
Some reports on her death included mention of Howard Hughes, who unsuccessfully pursued Page in the 1950s.
"I never returned any of his calls," she once said. "I guess people will say I made a mistake. But sex is part of love, and you shouldn't go around doing it unless you are in love. I certainly didn't."
After just a few years in the limelight, the "saucy brunette" turned to religion and dropped out of modeling. She never really had an acting career. Although she suffered from severe schizophrenia in the 1970s, her fame was revived in the 1980s and ’90s. Fan clubs and websites formed and she made public appearances to sign photographs. In 2006, Gretchen Mol starred in a biopic called "The Notorious Bettie Page."
Incidentally, there is a store in the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino in Las Vegas dedicated to Bettie Page fashions called the Bettie Page Boutique. A local TV station reported that mourners were leaving "momentoes and condolences" at the store.