Oakland, California, USA
Place of Death
Hollywood Hills, California, USA
Full Name at Birth
Russell Albion Meyer
Claim to Fame
Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
Motion picture director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, actor and photographer
Cause of Death
Complications from pneumonia
Russell Albion "Russ" Meyer (March 21, 1922 – September 18, 2004) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, film editor, actor and photographer. Meyer is known primarily for writing and directing a series of successful sexploitation films that featured campy humor, sly satire and large-breasted women, such as Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Director, Writer, Producer
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The son of a policeman and a nurse, Russ Meyer began winning prizes at 15 with his amateur films. He spent World War II in Europe as a combat cameraman. After the war, he became a professional photographer, shooting some of the earliest Playboy centerfolds. He made his film directorial debut with The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959), the first nudie (softcore sex) film to make a profit over a million dollars, which led to a string of self-financed films that gradually became more bizarre, violent, and cartoonish. In the mid-1960s, he established his style with his Gothic period, a quartet of black-and-white films: Lorna (1964), Mudhoney (1965), Motorpsycho! (1965), and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) that many consider to be his best work. After the blockbusting Vixen! (1968), he was hired by 20th-Century Fox to make studio pictures. The first of these, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), was an enormous hit, but after the lukewarm reception of the uncharacteristically serious The Seven Minutes (1971), Meyer returned to the sex-and-violence films that made his name, culminating in the delirious Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979). He spent the 1980s working on various autobiographies, both in film (Breast of Russ Meyer) and print ("A Clean Breast").
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www.nndb.com/people/892/000022826/, www.russmeyer.com/, www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=9504308&page=gr, www.rmfilms.com/
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Russ Meyer died on 18th September, 2004. His last relationship was with Edy Williams, they were married for 5 years.
During his life he was married to Edy Williams from 1970 to 1975 and Eve Meyer from 1952 to 1969.
He also dated Betty Valdovinos in 1949, Tempest Storm, Melissa Mounds, Renate Hütte, Ysobel Marti, Janet Buxton and Kitten Natividad.
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