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Tura Satana, RIP

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Not to be confused with Tura Satana the band.

Tura Satana died yesterday in Reno, Nevada. She was best known as one of the stars of Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, but her life included much more than that. I highly recommend the autobiographical essay she wrote for her website—a vivid portrait of reform school, the burlesque circuit, Hollywood, and more, with a cast that ranges from Harold Lloyd to Elvis. I can't say I'm sure that all of it is true, but that only adds to its charm. Rest in peace.