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Bunny Yeager, Photographer of Bettie Page Pinups, Dead at 85

05/25/2014 at 06:40 PM EDT

Bunny Yeager, a model turned pin-up photographer who helped jump-start the career of then-unknown Bettie Page, died Sunday, her agent said. She was 85 years old.

Yeager died at a North Miami hospice where she had been for about a week, her agent, Ed Christin said.

Yeager’s legacy is her cultural impact, from pin-up photography and fashion, helping to popularize the bikini, and influencing other artists such as Cindy Sherman, who read Yeager’s guides on photographing nudes and making self-portraits, Christin said.

“Anyone in Miami in the 1950s who wanted a bikini would come to her, and she’d make one,” he said.

Yeager became famous for making everyday women, from stay-at-home mothers to airline attendants, feel comfortable enough to bare it all. Her photos of Page in a leopard-print bathing suit standing next to a real cheetah are still well-known today.

“They all wanted to model for me because they knew that I wouldn’t take advantage of them,” Yeager told The Associated Press during a 2013 interview. “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.”

Linnea Eleanor Yeager was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, on March 13, 1929, and in the 1940s became one of the most photographed models in Miami during her early career. She later turned the camera on herself, posing in bathing suits she handmade for her 5-foot-9 frame. Her self-portraits were turned into a book, “How I Photograph Myself,” in 1964.

She began taking photos of Page in 1954 as she began her career behind the camera.

She published about a dozen books and her work has been displayed in art galleries across the world. Besides the iconic Page photo, Yeager also shot stills of the Swedish actress Ursula Andress, who starred in the 1962 James Bond film “Dr. No” in a white bikini, a knife sheathed at her side.

Yeager said she had few requests when several magazines began to struggle or went out of business over the last decade, but her career returned to the spotlight in 2010 when the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh held an exhibition of her work. There was also an exhibition in Miami in 2013.

“And I still get that little tingle when I see the photos on the wall,” she said of the latter-day attention.

In her studio, Yeager kept a stash of photos no one had seen in cabinets. They will be included in a new book Yeager was finishing, scheduled for publication in September, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Yeager’s first photo shoots with Page, Christin said.

“I’m still feeling like a little child and excited over everything new that comes along in my life,” Yeager said in 2013. “I don’t know where it will lead to yet, but it sounds good to me.”

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Bettie Page photo by Bunny Yeager in 1954

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Emma Watson Graduates from Brown University

05/25/2014 at 05:00 PM EDT

It’s graduation day for movie star Emma Watson.

The British actress best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies was among 2,000 graduates receiving degrees Sunday from Brown University. She tweeted a photo of herself in cap and gown.

Watson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the Ivy League university in Rhode Island.

The 24-year-old started at Brown in 2009, the same year she was named the highest-grossing actress of the decade by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Watson had a busy film career during her time as a student, releasing both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, This is the End, and the recent Biblical epic Noah.

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Lisa Niemi Weds Albert DePrisco

People Exclusive

05/25/2014 at 03:30 PM EDT

Lisa Niemi is a Mrs. again.

The actress and dancer, 57, wed jeweler Albert DePrisco in Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

Two days before their wedding, Niemi told PEOPLE she couldn’t wait to get married. “What I most look forward to on my wedding day is walking up, standing at our altar, and looking into his most incredible, twinkling eyes,” she said. “I cannot think of a bigger treat than that.”

The couple, who got engaged last December, were married in an intimate ceremony at The Mar-a-Lago Club in front of more than 50 guests. Niemi wore a gown designed by Oscar de la Renta, which she bought at Casa de Novia in Houston, while DePrisco, 58, wore an Ermenegildo Zegna dinner jacket with custom slacks.

White roses and green/white hydrangeas surrounded the bride and groom, who were serenaded with Haydn and Mozart by a string quartet put together by Niemi’s nephew, Will, and his wife Heidi, both concert violinists. “We wanted it fresh and happy,” Niemi told PEOPLE.

At the reception, Niemi looked forward to celebrating with their guests. “I have some hilarious friends. I’m sure there will be some fun toasts!” she said. “Later on we’ll dance to everything from Michael Bublé and Steve Tyrell, to 70′s classics, to current hits, with a big dash of romance thrown in.”

Niemi lost her husband of 34 years, actor Patrick Swayze to pancreatic cancer in September 2009. She and DePrisco met through mutual friends in 2012.

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Actor Matthew Cowles Dies at 69

05/25/2014 at 10:40 AM EDT

Matthew Cowles, best known for his role on All My Children, has died. He was 69.

The husband of The Good Wife actress Christine Baranski passed away on Thursday, according to his manager, Tsu Tsu Stanton, who Tweeted out the news on Friday.

“#Matthew Cowles passed away on 5/22. I had the pleasure of being his manager,” she wrote. “He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone.”

On Sunday, the show’s former writer, Jean Passanante, Tweeted she was “so sad to hear about the death of Matthew Cowles … a sweet man and a uniquely talented actor.”

Cowles, who played Billy Clyde Tuggle on the daytime drama, also starred in Nurse Betty and Shutter Island, and also appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful and Life on Mars.

The two-time Daytime Emmy nominee is survived by Baranski – whom he had been married to for 30 years – and the couple’s two children.

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