Edy Williams
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Roger Ebert
(Movies & TV)
Eve Meyer
(Movies & TV)
Sex Pistols
Porter Hall
(Movies & TV)
Coleman Francis
(Movies & TV)

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Russ Meyer

Knowledge Identifier: +Russ_Meyer


Russ Meyer

U.S. motion picture director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, actor and photographer add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1922.

Countries: United States (54%), United Kingdom (17%), California (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Edy Williams, Roger Ebert, Eve Meyer

Linked to: Yale University, Playboy, Sex Pistols




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Russ Meyer was born in 1922 add something


Russ Meyer was almost as much about a shapely 1950s hip-to-waist ratio or "wasp waist" as he was about very large breasts add something


Eve Meyer - Much of her work was done in conjunction with sexploitation filmmaker Russ Meyer to whom she was married from April 2, 1952 until 1969


Meyer would go on to shoot three "Playboy" centerfolds during the magazine's early years, one of his wife Eve Meyer in 1955 add something


B movie - Best known was Russ Meyer, who released his first successful narrative nudie, the comic "Immoral Mr. Teas", in 1959


Eve Meyer - She worked frequently as a photographic model for Russ Meyer after their marriage, appeared in the film "Operation Dames" , and took a lead role in Meyer's 1960 exploitation film "Eve and the Handyman"


There is a long standing rumor among his closest friends and at least one biographer that he had a son in 1964 with a secret lover who he would refer to only as "Miss Mattress" or "Janet Buxton" add something


Coleman Francis - He appeared in Russ Meyer's 1965 film "Motorpsycho", and his last work in the film industry was in 1970, when he played a drunk in Meyer's "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"


Babette Bardot - After attracting attention for her roles in Russ Meyer's films, Babette Bardot began touring the United States in 1968 as a burlesque dancer under the guidance of her husband and manager, Bob Baker


After the unexpected success of "Easy Rider", and impressed by Meyer's frugality and profitability, 20th Century Fox signed him to produce and direct a proposed sequel to "Valley of the Dolls" in 1969, fulfilling his longstanding ambition to direct for a major Hollywood studio add something


Despite the fact that hardcore pornographic films would overtake Meyer's softcore market share, he retired in the late 1970s a very wealthy man add something


Lynn Carey - Also in 1970,she provided the vocals for the fictional character Kelly McNamara in Russ Meyer's "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"


Porter Hall - Director Russ Meyer named one of the characters in the 1970 cult film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" after Hall


Roger Ebert - Ebert co-wrote the screenplay for the 1970 Russ Meyer film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" and sometimes joked about being responsible for the film, which was poorly received on its release but is now regarded as a cult classic


Edy Williams - In 1970, she appeared as Ashley St. Ives in Russ Meyer's first mainstream film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", followed by his second mainstream film "The Seven Minutes"


Michael Blodgett - Of his many film and television appearances he is best known for his performance as gigolo Lance Rocke in Russ Meyer's 1970 cult classic "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"


Phil Spector - The character of Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell in "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", a 1970 Russ Meyer film, is based upon Spector, though neither Meyer nor screenwriter Roger Ebert had met him


Michael Winterbottom - Winterbottom's next project is this comedy about Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert's collaboration making the 1970 film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"


After making his most subdued film, a commercially unsuccessful adaptation of the popular Irving Wallace novel "The Seven Minutes" for Fox, Meyer returned to grindhouse-style independent cinema in 1973 with the blaxploitation period piece "Black Snake", which was dismissed by critics and audiences as incoherent add something


Anouska Hempel - Thereafter she appeared in several films and television programmes, including "UFO", "The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins" , "Zodiac" , a 1973 adaptation of the comic strip "Tales of Tiffany Jones", and Russ Meyer's controversial, soft pornographic film "Black Snake"


He shot a pictorial of then-wife Edy Williams in March 1973 add something


Edy Williams - In March 1973, she was photographed for "Playboy" in a full color photo spread by then-husband Russ Meyer


Kitten Natividad - Kitten Natividad was introduced to Russ Meyer by fellow dancer Shari Eubank, a performer in Meyer's 1975 film "Supervixens"


In 1977, Malcolm McLaren hired Meyer to direct a film starring The Sex Pistols add something


Sex Pistols - During summer 1977, McLaren had been making arrangements for the feature film of his dreams, "Who Killed Bambi-", to be directed by Russ Meyer from a script by Roger Ebert


Meyer owned the rights to nearly all of his films and spent the majority of the 1980s and 1990s making millions reselling his films on the home video and DVD market add something


A major retrospective of his work was given at The British Film Institute , the Chicago Film Festival honored him in 1985, and many revival movie houses booked his films for midnight movie marathons add something


He had no children though there were rumored unsuccessful pregnancies with his second wife Edy Williams and last serious girlfriend, Melissa Mounds, who was found guilty of assaulting him in 1999 add something


Meyer had a half sister, Lucinda, who was diagnosed in her twenties with paranoid schizophrenia and was committed to California State mental institutions until her death in 1999 add something


By 2000 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and his health and well-being were thereafter looked after by Janice Cowart, his secretary and estate executor add something


Finally printed in 2000, it features numerous excerpts of reviews, clever details of each of his films and countless photos and erotic musings add something

Russ Meyer died in 2004 add something


Russ Meyer died at his home in the Hollywood Hills, of complications of pneumonia, on September 18, 2004 add something