'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!' star Tura Satana has died

Actress Tura Satana died yesterday in Reno, Nev., according to the New York Times. Satana appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, including Billy Wilder’s 1963 film Irma la Douce. The colorful and curvaceous actress also worked as an exotic dancer and once turned down a proposal of marriage from Elvis Presley. But it was her role as the sexy, violent Varla in Russ Meyer’s 1965 film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! which would ultimately turn her into a cult icon as, over time, the movie acquired an army of diehard fans. John Waters once described the film as ”the best movie ever made, and possibly better than any movie that will ever be made.”

“A woman, like my character, was able to show the male species that we’re not helpless and not entirely dependent on them,” Satana said of Varla, in 2008. “People picked up on the fact that women could be gorgeous and sexy and still kick a–.”

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  • bill

    Awwww. Love her. Love the movie. RIP.

    • Adwina Lambert

      how old was she!? let me star in the reboot teehee!

  • keenamoha

    May her soul rest in peace.Ameen

  • mike

    May she rest in peace.

  • Beckie

    She will be missed. I really loved the movie and how she played her character.

  • Mark

    Long live the Queen of the Ds. Tura, your legacy is a forever one.

  • claudenorth

    Very sad news. My sympathies to her family and friends.

  • Rob Atkinson

    There will never be another! RIP Tura.

  • Javadude54

    It’s a sad day for fans of Boobsploitation films.

  • Ronald

    Thank you for sharing your art
    Rest in Peace

  • aleksa

    One of the first real kick-*** chicks out there. Sad to hear.

  • Dana

    so kick ass RIP Tura

    • Janeece

      These topics are so confusing but this hleepd me get the job done.

  • rox

    This movie introduced me to the amazingness of Russ Meyer. Tura made this movie what it is. Sad to hear she’s passed away.

  • lori

    Just wanted her fans to know, she was a touch cookie in real life too, My heart and prayers go out to her daughters and grand children. Tura, i know we didnt always agree, but i was always proud to know you.

    • Trey

      RIP Tura— you are pure class, Lori—I didn’t really cry until I read your post. Much love

    • Kalani SDS

      God Bless you Lori! Mom knows you were always a class act and a friend (despite some differences). Hugs and love from our family to you and yours.

  • Che

    Tura was amazing! No one like her, ever.

  • dropper

    She brought a truly indelible character to life. RIP Tura.

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