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.