The Legendary Haji! My “2020 Sex Kitten Countdown” Has This Icon’s Cult Career!
In all of cult cinema history, there are certain photos that are iconic to me – this is one:
Three Fast “Pussycats”!
“Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” is a great exploitation film, because the three stars were empowered women, and the star on the left is the exotic beauty Haji!
This voluptuous Actress was best known as Rosie in the classic 1965 Russ Meyer film – but there is so much more to discuss!
Haji was born Barbarella Catton in Canada and was an exotic dancer at the age of 14! As you can see, the camera loved her and she loved it right back!
She later moved to California and worked in a topless bar where Meyer discovered her!
As the Actress said:
“I was dancing at a nightclub and someone sent Russ to see me…[He] said he was a director with a small part in a film, and would I read for it … ended up getting the lead. This terrified me. Before I had never even considered acting.”
In addition to playing one of his go-go dancing vixens in the film, Haji also helped the director behind the scenes as a casting director and production assistant – talk about diving into the deep end of the exploitation film scene!
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! –
This 1965 film introduced the classic exploitation promise: action, women and sex sex sex!
The plot line was simple: Three strippers seeking thrills encounter a young couple in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert.
Here’s the trailer:
As you can see, the camera LOVED Haji, who was featured as one of the top 1,000 most glamorous women of the 20th century in the book “Glamorous Girls of the Century” by Steve Sullivan.
Haji was a regular in Meyer films like 1965’s “Motorpsycho!”
These films only hinted at the ultimate direction Meyer would go in his film – and how much he would live out his obsessions with his lead Actresses!
Haji appeared in the 1967 film “Good Morning… and Goodbye!” as well as the 1971 sex comedy “Up Your Alley!”
Perhaps this film was her most shocking: because it was one of the notorious “nazisploitation” films of all time – starring Dyanne Thorne!
In 1976, Haji joined fellow naked prisoners Uschi Digard and Sharon Kelly in the cult classic “Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks!”
You know who was “Ilsa” – the legendary Dyanne Thorne:
Sadly, Dyanne died last year, but she left quite the cult film legacy – see it all by clicking on my story here:
I have posted stories about both Uschi and Sharon as well, who were also legendary Cult Movie Queens:
Uschi has appeared in hundreds of films – you can see much of her by clicking on myself tory about her “Toy Box” here:
And Sharon Kelly went from exploitation films to hardcore adult films:
You can see her wild career by clicking on my story here:
Both of those Actresses joined Haji again:
Russ Meyer’s 1975 hit “Supervixens” reunited them all and gave Haji a chance to wear a colorful outfit!
Haji appeared in films like “Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman!” in smaller roles – she never really got a huge lead role outside of Meyer’s films…
Her career tapered off in the 1970s, but she returned to acting in “The Double-D Avenger” in 2001, and followed it up two years later with a role in “Killer Drag Queens on Dope”.
Sadly, Haji died in 2013 at the age of 67.
A sad end to a wild career…remember who else was in “Pussycat?”
Susan Bernard was in the film, and went on to be Playboy’s first Jewish Playmate Of The Month!~
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