Classic Beauty: Jane Russell

Probably one of the greatest sex symbols… actually, Jane Russell wasn’t.  Although she certainly had the body to qualify for the title, she was never overtly sexual like Marilyn or Mae and so she remained a favorite simply as a pinup.  I think she was extraordinary.

…and of course, the most famous ones of her, rolling in the hay so to speak:


Classic Beauty: Caroline Munro

As promised, another of Reader Pierre’s (and my) favorites, another horror movie queen (and Bond girl) Caroline Munro.


Somebody once said of her that she had the perfect body.  I dunno;  that’s always a personal thing.  (I, as any fule kno, prefer them a little more zaftig.)

But she’s pretty near the top, regardless of taste.

Merci encore, Pierre.

Classic Beauty: Ingrid Pitt

I have to thank Longtime Reader Pierre (who is French, and somehow stays loyal to this rantbucket despite all my slurs on the Frogs), who pointed out to me that my Classic Beauty section has a glaring omission:  to wit, horror-movie star Ingrid Pitt.  Quite apart from her astounding beauty, which we’ll enjoy below, she is to my knowledge the only Classic Beauty who survived a Nazi concentration camp in WWII.

Anyway, here she is, in black and white:

And in living color:


Another of Pierre’s suggestions next week.  He has exquisite taste.

Classic Beauty: Bettie Page

Last weekend we looked at Bunny Yeager as a model.  Today we’ll look at Bunny the photographer — and most notably at her most famous model, Bettie Page.

As Richard Corliss once described, Bettie had been the nadir of sexual exploitation:

In New York City, Page “starred” in tatty, furtive 8mm bondage loops (Dominant Betty Dances With Whip, Hobbled in Kid Leather Harness) that her Svengali, Irving Klaw, sold in plain brown wrappers at his Movie Star News shop. But in Miami, under Yeager’s congenial tutelage, Page bloomed as the girl next door with the bedroom shades up, or the beach bombshell with the seraphic grin. Between them, the Blond Bunny and brunette Bettie made nudity look both sexy and healthy.

And how:


There are millions of Bettie Page pics all over the Internet.  But the good Bettie pics are mostly those taken by Bunny Yeager.