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Femme Fatale: Colette Berne



Colette Berne   Colette Berne (pronounced "bearnay"—her father was French) was one of those great girl-next-door West Coast beauties that flourished in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. She had the figure that was in tune with the glamour girl era (5’10” 39-22-37), but had that pixie/Lolita look about her that would soon be vogue in the 60's. During her career, she worked as a fashion model based out of San Francisco, was a showgirl in Las Vegas, and did some light TV and movie work in Hollywood and Los Angeles. But as with a lot of our featured Femme Fatales, she is remembered mostly for her pin-up modeling. She burst onto the pin-up scene around 1959 when she was in her early 20’s and modeled until the late 60’s. Berne was a favorite of photographers Ron Vogel, Russ Meyer, and others. You can find her quit often in Modern Man's “Modern Art for Men” pin-up feature. She also appeared in a great "Finnish Bath" feature in Adam magazine (vol. 3 no. 7--she's also on the cover of that issue) and a wonderful centerfold feature in Sir Knight (vol. 2 no. 12). No matter where she appears, her features are always amazing. Her photos seem to jump off the page because she projects a real joy and happiness in what she's doing. 

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