Tura Thursday: The Surprise
“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.
On the set of Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed, the always helpful Tura Satana gets the reaction director Danny Mann wanted!
“The funniest thing that ever happened to me on a film was when I was shooting Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed with Dean Martin. The director wanted to get a look of surprise on Dean’s face, so during the shooting of the scene I stood on the side of the camera with my back to Dean and when the director said action I took off my beaded bra and did a backbend twirling my tassels, then I stopped one and made it change directions and did the same with the other tassel. I can guarantee you that the look of surprise on Dean’s face was not acting. That day, for a closed set we had over 1000 spectators on the set and when I was done, I received a round of rousing applause.”
It seemed to have worked….one of the most memorable scene in the film and one of the only videos of Tura’s burlesque performance.