Cult queen Tura Satana passed away Friday night.

Tura Satana, the actress whose authoritative presence, exotic looks and buxom frame commanded the attention of viewers of Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult movie “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”, died on Friday evening in Reno, Nev.

I remember my first time seeing Tura Satana was in Ted V. Mikels’ classic schlocker Astro-Zombies. Anyone who has seen her in anything has taken notice, and interest for that matter. In fact, I learned much of her inspirational story in her own words, in Shade Rupe’s most recent book Dark Stars Rising.

She will be missed.

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