While stripping in Chicago at the Follies Theater, Elvis Presley’s eyes bulged out of his head when he saw Tura and the two started a torrid afair.
He proposed, she declined, but kept the ring.
A Warner Brothers TV scout approached Tura and she began her TV career on Hawaiian Eye. Other TV roles included The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., and Burke’s Law.
She was soon spotted by Some Like it Hot director Billy Wilder who cast her in Irma La Douce with Shirley MacLaine.
Small roles in other major Hollywood films followed but it was adults only, cult film director Russ Meyer who made her an international icon as Varla in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
In the 1965 film Tura played one of the most highly influential ultra -violent sexually aggressive female character ever seen on celluloid, doing ALL of her own stunts and fight scenes in the blazing desert sun.
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