There are many tributes out there right now, but I want to direct you to this piece Kimberly Lindbergs wrote about her back in 2007. It is a fantastic tribute to this icon, beloved by so many. Tura Satana. This was a gorgeous woman with real hard-life experience, events that would sink even the strongest of us (growing up in a Japanese-American internment camp, raped at the age of 9, reform school as a teen, gang life, etc.) and she had great natural talent as an actress. She is unforgettable.
Here’s a great interview with her. She’s in her 70s here.
And here’s the opening to her most well-known film, Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!:
Don’t miss Kimberly’s post if you want to know more about Ms. Satana. Here’s a brief obit from Dread Central. “Rest in peace, oh great one. And thanks for revving all of our engines now and for years to come.” And here’s another piece, detailing her impact on pop culture. There are people working today who are stealing from Ms. Satana, and probably don’t even know who she is, and think they are stealing from someone else. Such was her great impact.
And finally, a nice NY Times obit.