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Baby Lee
02-03-2005, 07:55 AM

The legendary beauty Vicki LaMotta, whose marriage to boxer Jake LaMotta was portrayed in the film "Raging Bull," has died. She was 75.

LaMotta died Jan. 25 at Boca Raton Community Hospital, about six months after having open heart surgery, said her son, Harrison Foster.

In the movie, Robert DeNiro plays the boxer who is obsessed with his young wife, played by Cathy Moriarty, and drives her away.

Vicki LaMotta posed nude for Playboy in November 1981, when she was 51. At the time, she told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that she posed nude to show that life doesn't end at 30.

Beverly "Vicki" Thailer was born on Jan. 23, 1930, in the Bronx. She met LaMotta at a community pool and she married as a teen.

She is survived by Foster, a daughter, Christi LaMotta, sisters Pat Follini and Phyllis Genovese, brothers Donald Thailer and Joe Francis, and one granddaughter. Two sons, Jake LaMotta Jr. and Joe LaMotta, predeceased her.

No services are planned. Foster suggested memorial donations in her name to the Humane Society of the United States.

Sorry, if it's impolitic to bring this up at this time, but just the other day, I was remembering how weird it is that Martin Scorsese directed one of the hottest, most understated, sexy scenes in history. When Jake and Vicki first get together, Vicki is wearing a long nightgown. Very little is revealed as they slowly wend towards the boudoir, EXCEPT a hint of . . . dampness. . . on the front of Vicki's gown. Didn't hurt that the incomparable Cathy Moriarity was like 18 when it was filmed.

02-03-2005, 02:49 PM
Scorsese Collection comes out next Tuesday. Features the Special Edition Raging Bull, New York New York, Boxcar Bertha, and The Last Waltz.

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