Tura Satana is a popular Japanese actress, vedette, and exotic dancer. She has gained a lot of name and fame due to her profession. Till her time of death, she has inspired a lot of people and the youngsters are also impressed by her. Even though she has done a lot of films and TV shows but some of them have become her most remembered works. She has done a total of 13 films and the most prominent ones are the exploitation film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill and Astro-Zombies is a sci-fi thriller. If you want to know more about this talented lady here are some details.
Tura was born on July 10th, 1938 in Japan. It seems that talent runs in her blood as her father was a Japanese silent movie actor. Her father is of Filipino descent while her mother had an American and Scots-Irish background. As World War II ended things were not so good so Tura and her family moved to California. She had to go through an unfortunate accident before her 10th birthday happened. While walking from school to home she was gang-raped by five men. She has revealed in her interviews that, rapists were not punished for their crimes. There were rumors going around that the judge was paid with money. Due to this unfortunate incident, she was passionate about learning martial arts, such as aikido and karate. She formed her own gang and took revenge on the rapists without revealing her identity.
When Tura was only 13 her parents arranged her marriage. The 17-year-old John Satana was residing in Hernando, Mississippi. However, the marriage lasted only nine months. She moved to Los Angeles and by age 15. As she was a minor she had to use fake identification and began burlesque dancing. You will be surprised to know that she started dancing at the Trocadero nightclub on the Sunset Strip.
After a year or so she came back to live with her parents. She got another chance to start dancing at the Club Rendevouz in Calumet City. The hit singer Elvis Presley saw her performance at Chicago’s Follies Theater. Both of them formed a romantic relationship. Some reports also revealed that he proposed to her but she refused.
Tura made her acting debut with a cameo as Suzette Wong. Due to her good performance, she got another role in Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? She also appeared in the television shows Burke’s Law (1964) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). The renowned film critic Richard Corliss called performance praised her performance for being the honest one.
- Irma la Douce (1963) – Suzette Wong
- Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963)
- Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
- Our Man Flint (1966)
- The Astro-Zombies (1968)
- The Doll Squad (1973)
- Man Hands and Swollen Glands (1990)
- Mark of the Astro-Zombies (2002)
- The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (2008)
- Sugar Boxx (2009)
- The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009)
- Astro Zombies: M3 – Cloned (2010)
Cause of Death and Net Worth
All the fans were really sad to know that Tura died on February 4th, 2011 at the age of 72. The cause of death was heart failure. Her daughters Kalani and Jade and sisters Pamela and Kim are were very close to her. The total net worth of Tura happens to be around $1-$5 million.