Born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaido, Japan, to a father of Japanese and Filipino descent and a mother who was a Cheyenne Indian and Scots-Irish circus performer. With her exotic looks and an early curvaceous figure, Satana used a fake ID to start modeling at 13, both in bathing suits and nude, including photo shoots for comedian Harold Lloyd, who did not know her true age. She then began exotic dancing, eventually becoming an acclaimed burlesque star before getting into acting, appearing in films like The Astro-Zombies (1968), The Doll Squad (1974) and Mark of the Astro-Zombies (2002).
However, only the most dedicated of film buffs know her from anything other than the crazily violent cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Satana singlehandedly made the film a classic with her unmatched sexuality and super tough-girl act. As she said in a 2008 interview, “[The film] shows that women don’t have to be weak and helpless to be sexy. We can be in control and still be feminine…Varla was an outlet for some of the anger I felt growing up. She was also a statement to women all over the world that you can be a take-charge person and still be sexy. She also showed the women world-wide that women don’t have to be weak, simpering females. They just go after what they want and usually get it.” Damn straight.