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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 March 1929Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 25 May 2014Miami, Florida, USA  (congestive heart failure)
Birth NameLinnea Eleanor Yeager
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Buxom and beautiful blonde bombshell Bunny Yeager always aspired to be a pin-up model. She was born Linnea Eleanor Yeager on March 13, 1929 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Her father Raymond Conrad Yeager worked in an office for the telephone company and later was an electrical engineer for Westinghouse Electric while her mother Linnea was a stay-at-home housewife. Bunny grew up in the small rural town of Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. The Yeager family moved to Miami, Florida right before Bunny's senior year in high school. She attended Miami Edison High School in Miami and began participating in numerous beauty pageants in her late teens (she was crowned Miami Sports Queen in 1949 by Joe DiMaggio). She took a fashion modeling course at Coronet Modeling School and Agency and soon became a hugely popular glamor model in Miami who was featured in countless swimsuit magazines.

In the early 1950s Bunny decided to switch gears and become a glamor photographer. She was named the Prettiest Photographer in the World by "US Camera" magazine in August 1953. She took pictures of lovely model Maria Stinger; one of these pictures was published as the cover photo for the March 1954 issue of the men's magazine "Eye." Bunny discovered legendary pin-up queen Bettie Page in 1954. Her photo of Page posing in nothing but a fur-trimmed Santa hat was published as the centerfold in the January 1955 special holiday issue of "Playboy." This photo, along with other pictures of Bettie taken by Bunny, played a key role in establishing Page's iconic status. Other notable models Yeager has discovered are "Playboy" Playmate L.A. Winters and Carol Jean Lauritzen. Her photographs were featured in a huge array of men's magazines throughout the years. Moreover, Bunny also published over 20 books on photography.

Among the indelible images Bunny turned out are that of Ursula Andress coming out of the ocean water in a revealing bikini for the James Bond movie Dr. No (1962). Bunny got in front of the camera on occasion as well: She appeared in a few films by noted Florida exploitation producer/director Barry Mahon and played played Swedish masseuse Bunny Fjord in the Frank Sinatra detective picture Lady in Cement (1968).

Yeager died of congestive heart failure at age 85 on May 25, 2014 in North Miami, Florida.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (2)

Harry William Schaefer (19 December 1978 - 26 March 2002) (his death)
Arthur Davis Irwin (1950 - 1 October 1977) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (8)

Nicknamed "Bunny" after the character Lana Turner played in Week-End at the Waldorf (1945).
Proclaimed "The World's Prettiest Photographer" by U.S. CAMERA magazine in 1952.
One of the most popular Florida pin-up models of the 1950s - all before she went to the other side of the camera.
Crowned "Miami Sports Queen" in 1949 and presented the trophy by Joe DiMaggio.
Graduate of Miami Edison High School, Miami, Florida
Is portrayed by Kirsi Sand in Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004)
Sister of Ray Yeager and aunt of his son Billy Yeager.
Lives and works in Miami, Florida. [February 2009]

Personal Quotes (1)

[on women from all walks of life modeling for her] They all wanted to model for me because they knew I wouldn't take advantage of them. And I wouldn't push them to do nude if they didn't want to do nudes. It wasn't a day when nude photography was prevalent.

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