Bunny Yeager, who has carved equally successful careers in pin-up modeling and later on in photography, passed away last Sunday, May 25.
Yeager’s agent Ed Christin said in separate reports by the Associated Press and The New York Times that she died at a hospice in North Miami, Florida where she had been staying for about a week prior, and that her death was caused by congestive heart failure.
Yeager was born Linnea Eleanor Yeager on March 13, 1929 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, and was at one point among the most photographed models in Miami. Yeager took up photography following her retirement from modeling in the early ‘50s, and among her most remembered photographs were that of the then-unknown Bettie Paige taken in 1954, and “Bond girl” Ursula Andress’ stills for the first James Bond film “Dr. No” in 1962. Aside from Paige, Yeager was also credited for helping launch the careers of other Playboy models Lisa Winters and Carol Jean Lauritzen, among others. Yeager became famous for her self-portraits, too.
For many years Yeager’s works graced the pages of numerous men’s magazines and, of course, of several books which she herself has authored, including 100 Girls, How I Photograph Myself, How I Photograph Nudes, Photographing the Female Figure, and The Art of Glamour Photography. In the early years of her career, Yeager was once hailed the Prettiest Photographer in the World by US Camera magazine.