Betty Page

Legendary pinup queen Bettie Page was remembered at a private memorial service Tuesday as a taboo-breaking model who later gave it all up to become a devout Christian -- only to reenter the public eye as a sexy trendsetter.

"So it is only fitting that her final resting place be here, not far from Marilyn Monroe's final resting place," said Mark Roesler, chairman of Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide, which markets Page's image, during the rite held at the Pierce Bros. Westwood Village Memorial Park.

After the memorial service, Page's casket was taken from the memorial park's chapel to a shady grave site a few yards from Monroe's crypt.

Page, who died Thursday at 85, is most famous for the 20,000 photos taken of her by amateur photographers between 1949 and 1957.

In the final years of her life, Hefner helped her with legal and financial issues. "She appreciated that until the day she died

By Louis Sahagun
December 17, 2008