Russ Meyer

Producer, Director, Actor
A famed film auteur and master of celluloid erotica, director Russ Meyer revolutionized attitudes toward nudity on film with his debut movie, "The Immortal Mr. Teas" (1959), one of the first films since pre-Code ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1922 in Oakland, California, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Up 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Super Vixens 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Suzy 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Seven Minutes 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Cherry, Harry & Raquel 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Good Morning, and Goodbye! 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Mondo Topless 1965 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (11)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Up 1975 (Movie)

(From Story)

Super Vixens 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Suzy 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Suzy 1972 (Movie)

(From Story)

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)

Cherry, Harry & Raquel 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cherry, Harry & Raquel 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

Good Morning, and Goodbye! 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (9)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Up 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Super Vixens 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sweet Suzy 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Seven Minutes 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cherry, Harry & Raquel 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Good Morning, and Goodbye! 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (8)

Straight Shooter: The Story of The Mamas and the Papas 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens 1978 (Movie)

(Photography)

Up 1975 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Super Vixens 1973 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Sweet Suzy 1972 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit (Camera Operator)

Cherry, Harry & Raquel 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Good Morning, and Goodbye! 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shooting War (TV Show)

Camera
Editor (5)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

Up 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)

Cherry, Harry & Raquel 1969 (Movie)

(Editor)

Good Morning, and Goodbye! 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (4)

Russ Meyer: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of X 1997 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Video Salesman (Actor)

Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

A famed film auteur and master of celluloid erotica, director Russ Meyer revolutionized attitudes toward nudity on film with his debut movie, "The Immortal Mr. Teas" (1959), one of the first films since pre-Code Hollywood to show nudity in an erotic manner. While he may have been written off by some as a smut peddler, Meyer used his films - dubbed sexploitation movies - to tackle issues concerning race, politics and morality. He was also incredibly successful making movies like "Wild Gals of the Naked West" (1962) and "Lorna" (1964) on the cheap, and turning a sizeable profit at the box office. Meyer entered the cult favorite pantheon with his wildly titled "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (1966) and had a major commercial hit with the controversial "Vixen!" (1968), which featured taboo subjects like incest and lesbianism. Because of its success, Meyer was able to realize his dream of directing a studio film, resulting in the critically maligned financial hit "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" (1970), written by a then-unknown Roger Ebert. Though he tried to direct straightforward dramas, Meyer returned to the sexploitation genre only to retire before the porn industry boom after his final narrative film, "Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens" (1979). Part showman, part filmmaker, the uninhibited Meyer nonetheless ushered in the sexual revolution past Hollywood's repressed gates in the 1960s, establishing sex and nudity as a crucial cinema ingredient while making his mark as one of the most celebrated cult filmmakers of all time.

Relationships

Father

Debra Masson

Companion
born c. 1960 together since 1985 assaulted Meyer in 1998 when he reportedly refused to give her $50,000 sentenced to three years' probation and told to attend 104 meetings of A.A. as well as undergo one year of counseling for domestic abuse

Eve Meyer

Wife
married in 1952 divorced in 1970 died in plane crash in 1977

Kitten Natividad Actor

Companion
no longer together

Edy Williams

Wife
married in 1970 divorced

Milestones

1987

Had a cameo as a video salesman in a Jon Landis-directed segment of the 1987 comedy anthology "Amazon Women on the Moon"

1979

Helmed his last feature to date, "Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens"; was also producer, screenwriter and featured in a cameo role

1976

Directed, produced and edited the erotic comedy "Up!"

1974

Produced, directed, wrote and was cinematographer of "Super Vixens"

1973

Was producer, director, screenwriter and second unit camera operator for the campy adventure "Blacksnake!"

1969

Directed the psychedelic sex romp "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", scripted by Roger Ebert

1968

Was director, producer, screenwriter and editor of the menage a trois feature "Cherry, Harry and Raquel"

1967

Had producer, director, editor, director of photography and story credits for the erotic melodrama "Good Morning, and Goodbye!", a story about a wealthy farmer and his dissatisfied young wife

1965

Helmed the cult classic "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" starring Tura Satana as one of a trio of buxom brutes wreaking havoc on a desert road trip

1963

Directed the erotic feature "Heavenly Bodies"

1961

Helmed "Eve and the Handyman", starring then-wife Eve Meyer; also directed the erotic anthology "Eroticon"

1959

Directed first feature, "The Immortal Mr. Teas"; the film cost $24,000 and grossed $1 million

1956

Worked as a still photographer on "Giant"

1955

Was a still photographer for "Guys and Dolls"

Was a combat photographer during World War II

Shot pin-ups for <i>Playboy</i>

Worked in industrial film in the San Francisco area

Signed deal with 20th Century Fox

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