|Femme Fatale: Tura Satana
It's the dangerous women of Russ Meyer's epic "Faster
Pussycat, Kill! Kill!" (1965) Predating "Thelma and Louise"
by 20 years, this cinematic masterpiece lets everyone know what "girl power"
is all about. A perfect post-modern fable filmed in glorious "black and
blue." The three women featured (from left to right) are Haji,
Williams, and Tura Satana.
The most famous of the three, without a doubt, is Satana.
In the years since the movie was released, Satana has become
a cult idol with her leather tough attitude and karate chops. (The honest
truth is she's nothing like her character Varla. She is actually the sweetest
person you could ever meet.) She originally was a well-known burlesque
dancer who went by the name "Miss Japan Beautiful." After that, she moved
on to film work. Unfortunately, this was her only movie with Meyer,
which is a shame, since
Meyer really knew how to showcase
her, ahem, talents. (Haji, on the other hand, appears in
a few other Meyer projects including a cameo in the Meyer/Ebert
the Valley of the Dolls.
Williams, after this
movie, seemed to disappear from the cult status radar.)
is still very active in the burlesque/pin-up/cult film community. She has
a wonderful website (TuraSatana.com)
with a very detailed biography. She is truly one of the coolest women of