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Russ Meyer

Russ Meyer
Also known as: King Leer[1][2]
Born: March 21, 1922(1922-03-21)[3]
San Leandro, California, USA[3]
Died: September 18, 2004 (aged 82)[4]
Hollywood Hills, California, USA[4]
Years active: 1955-2001
Nationality: American
Occupation(s): Director, photographer
Field(s): Adult, pin-up
Influenced: John Waters (director),
Quentin Tarantino (director)[1][2]

Russell Albion Meyer (born March 21, 1922, died September 18, 2004), was an American motion picture director and photographer. He was married to Eve Meyer from 1955[5][6] until 1970.[6]



For a list of big bust Russ Meyer models, see Category:Russ Meyer models.

Russ Meyer started his career as a Playboy centerfold photographer.[1] In 1955, he married Eve Turner[6] and photographed her as Playmate of the month for the June 1955 issue.[7]

Eve in blue sweater (1960)
Lorna on green cushion (1964)


Russ Meyer directing Beyond the Valley of the Dolls in 1970

Meyer's work as a film director has been divided into four stylistic periods. First were the "nudie-cuties"-- burlesque-style comedies which Meyer inaugurated with The Immoral Mr. Teas in 1959 and ended with Heavenly Bodies in 1963.[8] Next came the "Drive-in Steinbeck" period, films which have also been labeled "roughies" and "kinkies".[9] Another American film genre which Meyer started, his "roughies" began with Lorna in 1964, and ended with Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! in 1966. Meyer's "Color Synch-Sound Sex Dramas" began with Common-Law Cabin in 1967 and concluded with Cherry, Harry, and Raquel! in 1969. His "Parody-Satire" period started with the 20th-Century Fox film, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) and continued throughout his last independently-produced films, concluding with Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens in 1979.[8] Scattered throughout his film career were five uncharacteristic productions: Europe in the Raw! (1963), which critics call a documentary, but Meyer considered a "nudie-cutie", Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1964), a mainstream historical film made in Europe, Mondo Topless (1966) a documentary, The Seven Minutes (1971) Meyer's second film for Fox, and Blacksnake (1973), Meyer's second unsuccessful attempt at a historical film.[8] Meyer's last released film, Pandora Peaks, was a video in documentary style.


Title Released Company Director Starring Notes
Bivouac in the Ozarks 1944 Army training film
The French Peep Show 1950 Short film
The Immoral Mr. Teas.jpg The Immoral Mr. Teas 1959 PAD-RAM Enterprises, Inc. Russ Meyer Marilyn Wesley
Ann Peters
Michele Roberts
Dawn Danielle
June Wilkinson
(uncredited - torso only)
This Is My Body
Eve and the Handyman (1961).jpg Eve and the Handyman May 5, 1961 PADRAM Enterprises, Inc. Russ Meyer Eve Meyer
Francesca Leslie
Jackie Stephens
Mildred Knezevich
Iris Bristol
Gigi Frost
Rita Day
The Naked Camera
Erotica (film).jpg Erotica July 4, 1961 PAD-RAM Enterprises Russ Meyer
Wild Gals of the Naked West!.jpg Wild Gals of the Naked West! May 9, 1962 Films Pacifica Russ Meyer Julie Williams
Teri Taylor
Donna Scott
Princess Livingston
Skyscrapers and Brassieres
Europe in the Raw!.jpg Europe in the Raw! March 28, 1963 Eve Productions Russ Meyer Veronique Gabriel
Gigi La Touche
Denise Du Vail
Heide Richter
Greta Thorwald
Yvette Le Grand
Heavenly Bodies.jpg Heavenly Bodies June 28, 1963 Eve Productions Russ Meyer Gaby Martine
Marian Milford
Althea Currier
Monica Liljistrand
Yvonne Cortell
Maria Andre
Princess Livingston
Nancy Andre
Ivana Nolte
Amber Morgan
Binkie Stewart
Fanny Hill- Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.jpg Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure March 10, 1964 Famous Players Corporation
CCC Filmkunst GmbH
Russ Meyer Letitia Roman
Lorna.jpg Lorna September 11, 1964 Eve Productions, Inc. Russ Meyer Lorna Maitland
Mudhoney.jpg Mudhoney May 25, 1965 Delta Films, Inc. Russ Meyer Lorna Maitland
Antoinette Cristiani
Motorpsycho.jpg Motorpsycho August 1965 Eve Productions Russ Meyer Haji
Arshalouis Aivazian
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.jpg Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! February 1, 1966 Eve Productions Russ Meyer Tura Satana
Lori Williams
Susan Bernard
Mondo Topless.jpg Mondo Topless November 17, 1966 Eve Productions Russ Meyer Babette Bardot
Sin Lenee
Diane Young
Donna Scott
Pat Barringer
Darla Paris
Darlene Grey
Lorna Maitland
Veronique Gabriel
Greta Thorwald
Denise Duval
Gigi La Touche
Heidi Richter
Yvette Le Grand
How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need?.jpg Common-Law Cabin July 1967 Eve Productions Russ Meyer Alaina Capri
Adele Rein
Babette Bardot
Good Morning... and Goodbye!.jpg Good Morning... and Goodbye! November 1, 1967 Eve Productions Russ Meyer Alaina Capri
Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers!.jpg Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! May 1969 Eve Productions Russ Meyer Anne Chapman
Jan Sinclair
Joey Duprez
Meyer's first "legitimate" first-run
Vixen!.jpg Vixen! October 15, 1968 Eve Productions
Coldstream Films
Russ Meyer Erica Gavin
Cherry, Harry, and Raquel!.jpg Cherry, Harry, and Raquel! November 26, 1969 Panamint Films
Eve Productions
Russ Meyer Linda Ashton
Larissa Ely
Uschi Digard
Michele Grand
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.jpg Beyond the Valley of the Dolls June 17, 1970 20th Century-Fox Russ Meyer Dolly Read
Cynthia Myers
Edy Williams
The Seven Minutes.jpg The Seven Minutes July 23, 1971 20th Century-Fox Russ Meyer Marianne McAndrew
Blacksnake.jpg Blacksnake March 28, 1973 Trident Films, Ltd.
Signal 166, Inc.
Russ Meyer Anouska Hempel
Supervixens.jpg Supervixens April 2, 1975 Russ Meyer Ann Marie
Christy Hartburg
Deborah McGuire
Shari Eubank
Sharon Kelly
Uschi Digard
Up!.jpg Up! October 1976 RM Films International Russ Meyer Francesca "Kitten" Natividad
Anne Marie
June Mack
Uschi Digard
Candy Samples
Su Ling
Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens.jpg Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens April 1979 Russ Meyer Francesca "Kitten" Natividad
Ann Marie
June Mack
Uschi Digard
Candy Samples
Pandora Peaks (film)

See also

For a list of big bust Russ Meyer actresses, see Category:Russ Meyer actresses.

External links


  • Frasier, David K. (1998). Russ Meyer: The Life and Films A Biography and a Comprehensive, Illustrated, and Annotated Filmography and Bibliography. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. ISBN 0-7864-0472-8.
  • McDonough, Jimmy. (2005) Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 1-4000-5044-8.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gore, Chris (2004-12-26). The Man Who Really, Really Loved Women. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cult film-maker Russ Meyer dies. BBC News (2004-09-22). Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Naughton, Philippe (2004-09-22). Sexploitation king Russ Meyer dies, aged 82. Times Online. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  4. 4.0 4.1 IMDb profile. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  5. Saltz, Jerry. Bosom Maximus. artnet. Retrieved on 2008-06-17. Reprint (with pictures) from: Saltz, Jerry (2002-06-04). Bosom Maximus. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ebert, Roger (2004-09-22). King of the funny skin flicks. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  7. Playmate directory profile of Eve Meyer. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Frasier (1998), p. 4.
  9. Moledski, Tania (2007). "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur", in Jeffrey Sconce: Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style, and Politics. Durham and London: Duke University Press, p. 49. ISBN 0-7864-0472-8. 
  10. Filmography based on Frasier, David K. (1998). Russ Meyer : The Life and Films : A Biography and A Comprehensive, Illustrated, and Annotated Filmography and Bibliography. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co, pp. 203-211. ISBN 0-7864-0472-8.