Five years ago today we lost a true icon of badassery, Tura Satana.
Tura Satana (July 10, 1938– February 4, 2011) was a Japanese-born American actress and former exotic dancer, most widely known for her role as “Varla” in Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult film, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.
“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, and helped to make her someone that many women would love to be like. ”
At the age of 9 she was reportedly gang raped by five men as she was walking home from school. None of her attackers were prosecuted (the judge was “allegedly” paid off), so Tura took matters into her own hands. She studied Aikido and Karate and over the next 15 years tracked down each rapist and extracted her own revenge…How freaking amazingly badass is that??? More details on her story here.
When asked if she had any words to live by, she replied “One of the things that I always said, and it was one of my father’s favorite sayings, ‘Always be good to the people on the way up, because you’re going to meet them on the way down.’ I have always lived by that philosophy. “The one thing you’ve got to remember is that you just never accept defeat. Remember to never let life get you down, because there is always something new to learn tomorrow. Life is to be lived, and lived well.”
Amen, you beautiful, buxom, badass bitch, you!! 🙂 xoxo