Articles & Notes — August 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Faster Pussycat! actress Haji dies at 67

HajiThe actress Haji, best known for her role in Russ Meyer’s 1965 film Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, has died at the age of 67, BBC News reported.

The Canadian actress, who was born Barbarella Catton, appeared in several other Russ Meyer films including Motor Psycho and Supervixens.

Her friend, the actress Kitten Natividad, revealed the news on her Facebook page.

“I lost my dear friend Haji…. I Love you and miss you so so much…. RIP,” she said.

It should be noted that of all three “vixens” of Russ Meyer’s cult classic, only Kitten Natividad is still alive, as Tura Satana passed away in 2011.

Haji was spotted by Meyer working as a dancer in a club and got her to read for a small part in his film Motor Psycho – eventually giving her the starring role.

In an interview she admitted she told Meyer she “didn’t know the first thing about acting”.

“He told me, ‘Don’t worry baby, just stick with me, I’ll teach you everything’. So I just sort of did it, I wasn’t terrific, but it was fun,” she said at the time.

When asked to explain the enduring popularity of “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”, Haji said, “Well, because we all have large breasts! And there are lots of fast cars, female domination, lots of fantasies for men, but without the women being taken advantage of, so it was for women also.”

Haji also appeared in films including Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Bigfoot and John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.

Her last film role was in Killer Drag Queens on Dope in 2003.

Haji was featured as one of the top 1,000 most glamorous women of the 20th Century, in the book Glamorous Girls of the Century by Steve Sullivan.

She continued to perform live burlesque shows until last year.



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  1. Really sad news.

    Those big natural beauties are rare in today’s plastic world.

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