“Tura Thursday” is a regular series celebrating the legacy of the late, great Tura Satana, best known as Varla in the 1965 Russ Meyer cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. This series is curated by Tura’s longtime manager, friend, confidant and CEO of Tura Satana Productions, Siouxzan Perry.
Sunday July 10th would have been Tura’s 78th birthday.
Here are some photos from one of our trips to San Francisco. This was in July 2007. We surprised Tura with a trip to one of the best tiki bars on the planet Forbidden Island in Alameda.
We had this whole day planned for weeks…and it all came off perfectly…thanks to our friend Will “The Thrill” Viharo … she was totally surprised!
Will came and picked us up at the hotel and drove us into Alameda. When we arrived the place was full of fans and many of the locals who also came to meet Tura Satana in the flesh!
We all sang Happy Birthday and presented her with a cake!
Martin Cate, a rum and exotic cocktail expert and the owner and creator of Smuggler’s Cove…the most acclaimed tiki bar of the modern era… created a special non-alcoholic drink just for Tura…flames and all- The Flaming Tura!
Afterwards he got his reward with Tura’s famous headlock!
It was a wonderful weekend…topped off by lunch then 2 SOLD OUT shows at Midnight Mass with Peaches Christ, John Waters and Mink Stole! —more on that later!
Tura and I even got away for a few hours to wander down to the Wharf and eat cracked crab, one of her favorites and mine!
3 days of pure fun…I will have these memories with me forever.
So lets ALL celebrate Tura’s birthday this Sunday and have a blast!
Here is the birthday homage we did last year:
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