The star of the Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult movie "Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!’ has died, reports The New York Times.
The actress was Tura Satana, and "In the film she played Varla, the leader of a gang of go-go dancers who kidnap a couple, murder the boy and force the girl to follow them on further lawless adventures," the Times says.
The article also says about Satana’s death that "The cause was believed to be heart failure, her longtime manager, Siouxzan Perry, said. She said Ms. Satana was 72, though other sources listed her birth date as July 10, 1935, which would have made her 75."
The Times notes, "Ms. Satana’s portrayal of Varla as a brazenly violent but unapologetically feminine woman who frequently upbraids the men who dare to ogle her — when a gas-station attendant tells her he believes in ‘seeing America first,’ Varla replies, ‘You won’t find it down there, Columbus!’ — earned her a cult following that endured long after the drive-in era."
The article adds, "fter playing a supporting part in the 1963 Billy Wilder comedy ‘Irma la Douce,’ Ms. Satana found her breakthrough role in ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!,’ a Meyer exploitation film that, in stark opposition to the director’s later works, featured no nudity."
The report also notes the Satana played on a number of TV shows, "During the 1960s, Ms. Satana appeared on television shows like ‘Burke’s Law’ and ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’
Also, according to the article, Satana was gborn "Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi on the Japanese island of Hokkaido to a father of Japanese and Filipino descent and a mother who was Cheyenne Indian and Scots-Irish, Ms. Satana spent part of her childhood in the World War II Manzanar internment camp for Japanese-Americans in California before her family settled in Chicago."
Tura Satana in Russ Meyer’s 1965 "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!":