Monday, August 19, 2013

Haji (1946-2013) Gets a 432-Word Obituary in the New York Times

Haji, an Actress Featured in Cult Films by Russ Meyer, Dies at 67. (The New York Times, 8/16/2013)

Excerpt: Haji, a brunette of Filipino and British descent, met [Russ] Meyer, the celebrated B-movie director, in the mid-1960s while she worked in a strip club in California. He cast her as the lead in his biker movie “Motorpsycho” (1965) even though she had no acting experience. 

Later that year Haji appeared in “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!,” the tale of three dancers who beat a young man to death, kidnap his girlfriend and flee into the desert. She played the lesbian paramour of the lead character, Varla, played by Tura Satana.  [Length of NYT obit:  352 words.]  The film has acquired a devoted following and has been embraced by the filmmakers John Waters and Quentin Tarantino and even some feminists, including the film critic B. Ruby Rich, [and herewho praised it in The Village Voice as a “female fantasy.”

Haji's IMDb filmography includes 15 titles.

Russ Meyer's Ultravixens:  Haji.

Her final film.  (Which you won't find at Box Office Mojo.)

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