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Tura Satana Poster

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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 10 July 1938Hokkaido, Japan
Date of Death 4 February 2011Reno, Nevada, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameTura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi
Nickname Miss Japan Beautiful
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tura Satana started exotic dancing when she was only 13 years old. She integrated acrobatics, humor, and sensual beauty to her dancing art form. As a dancer, she started doing guest appearances in films such as Our Man Flint (1966) and Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) and made several films with low-budget auteur Ted V. Mikels. Her skills as a martial artist landed her small roles in TV shows such as Hawaiian Eye (1959), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966), The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) and Burke's Law (1963).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Skye Bennett (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (3)

Endel Jurman (1 November 1981 - 15 October 2000) (his death) (6 children)
? (1961 - ?) (his death)
John Satana (1951 - 1952) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Femme fatale

Trivia (9)

Had a daughter, Kalani, at 19.
Has three sisters and one brother.
Is part Japanese.
Went to James A. Riis Elementary School in Chicago.
Her first marriage, to a 17-year-old boy (she was only 13), lasted only 9 months. The marriage was arranged by their families.
Grew up in Chicago.
She legally owns her likeness and image. So, whenever Russ Meyer wanted to change the artwork or rerelease the project Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), he had to get her permission and sometimes pay her all over again.
Pink Pussycat, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California - working as interpretative dancer.
Had her daughter, Jade, in 1969.

Personal Quotes (4)

When I was dancing burlesque was an art - classy and elegant and requiring talent. I got out of it when it started to become raunchy and lost the art. Now they call it nude dancing, but its plain old pornography as far as I'm concerned. They do things on stage that I wouldn't have even thought of doing.
I started out as an interpretative dancer, but I was offered more money if I took my clothes off, so I did. I started dancing at the age of thirteen years old. I became a professional dancer at the age of fifteen years old. If the owners of the clubs I had worked in ever knew that I was only fifteen, I think that they would have had a heart attack.
I took a lot of my anger that had been stored inside of me for many years and let it loose. I helped to create the character Varla [in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)] and helped to make her someone that many women would love to be like.
[When asked what she feels is "the most important secret of all"] I've always told Ted (Mikels) that you can't let anything get you down. Look at the positive side. Don't sweat the small stuff. Keep the negative side buried. I come and go as I please, so I can't get in trouble.

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