Happy Birthday Francesca “Kitten” Isabel Natividad, born February 14
Haji, Lori Williams, and the legendary Tura Satana in Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Russ Meyer’s Up! (1976) and Beneath The Valley Of The Ultra Vixens (1979) featured birthday girl Kitten Natividad. Russ and Kitten were a couple for 15 years.
For those that are interested in learning more about Russ Meyer, please check out this terrific interview with Vixen star Erica Gavin at AVManiacs.com. She talks very candidly about the sad state of RM Films since his passing and the people in control of a once successful company. For even more on the unfortunate fate of Russ’ film legacy I can recommend Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film by Jimmy McDonough.
Russ Meyer was said to have been very generous with all his friends and acquaintances, and never isolated friends from one another. Biographers have attributed most of his brutish and eccentric nature to the fact that he was abandoned by his father, an Oakland police officer and overly coddled by his mother, Lydia, who was married six times. Meyer had a half sister, Lucinda, who was diagnosed in her twenties with paranoid schizophrenia and was committed to California State mental institutions until her death in 1999. Mental illness ran in his family and it was something he secretly feared. During his entire life Russ Meyer spoke with only the highest reverence for his mother and sister.
Starting in the mid-1990s Meyer had frequent fits and bouts of memory loss. By 2000 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and his health and well-being were thereafter looked after by Janice Cowart, his secretary and estate executor. That same year, with no wife or children to claim his wealth (there are rumors he fathered a child), Meyer willed that the majority of his money and estate would be sent to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in honor of his late mother.
Russ Meyer died at his home in the Hollywood Hills, of complications of pneumonia, on September 18, 2004. He was 82 years old. Meyer’s grave is located at Stockton Rural Cemetery.
Written under the pen name “Adolph Schwartz” and published by a company named “Hauck” for Meyer’s late mother’s maiden name. Russ Meyer’s self published three volume autobiography was released in August 2000 after fifteen years of delays and rewrites. Many Meyer fans had pre-paid for the book as early as 1990. It is an immense 18-pound, 3-volume set of luxurious 100-lb paper stock; sewn signatures and thousands of photos.
"I’ve always had a tremendous interest in big tits"
Surrounded by abundant women Russ Meyer talks about his two favorite subjects in these clips from Playboy’s Voluptuous Vixens.
The only music video that Russ Meyer ever made is for the song Soul Twister by Jean Park and uses footage from Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and features Meyer’s last serious girlfriend Melissa Mounds (Debra Angela Masson) who was also found guilty of assaulting him in 1999.