Tura Satana

Tura Satana

Hokkaido, Japan
Death 4 Feb 2011 (aged 72)
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 65245043 · View Source
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Actress. Out of a fairly brief career in the 1960s, she shall be remembered for her role as Varla in Russ Meyer's 1965 violent cult classic "Faster Pussycat!! Kill!! Kill!!". Born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi, she was raised initially in Southern California and after spending time in the Manzanar internment camp relocated with her family to Chicago. Tura learned martial arts after being gang raped at nine, was part of a street gang, served time in reform school, and at 13 got her stage name from a brief arranged marriage with a John Satana of Mississippi. Soon she arrived in Los Angeles complete with a fraudulent ID card and quickly became a successful model for photographers who did not realize that she was underage. After developing an allergy to make-up she turned to stripping and exotic dancing and was soon traveling widely, making high wages. During the 1960s she began an acting career that saw her on television several times in such fare as "Burke's Law" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.". Tura made her silver screen bow as a dancer in 1963's "Irma La Douce", then starred as Varla in "Faster Pussycat!! Kill!! Kill!!" for which she did all of her own stunts. She was to be seen in several of director Ted V. Mikels' films including "The Astro-Zombies" (1973) and 1974's "The Doll Squad", and at some point rejected Elvis Presley's marriage proposal, though she did keep his ring. Later in the 1970s she studied nursing, worked in a Los Angeles Hospital, and for a time was a dispatcher for the Los Angeles Police Department. In 1981 Tura married retired policeman Endel Jurman, a union that was to last until her husband's death in 2000; injured in a 1981 car wreck, her health was impared for some years, but she eventually resumed acting and was seen on screen as late as 2008 in "Super Boxx" as well as in 2009's "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto". Tura also appeared in several documentaries and died of heart failure. Some sources give her birth year as 1938.

Bio by: Bob Hufford

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