Haji (actress)

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Haji
Born Barbarella Catton
(1946-01-24)January 24, 1946
Quebec, Canada
Died August 9, 2013(2013-08-09) (aged 67)
Southern California, U.S.
Other names Haji Cat
Haji Catton
Hadji
Occupation Actress

Haji (born Barbarella Catton; January 24, 1946 – August 9, 2013) was a Canadian-born actress of British and Filipino descent,[1] and a former exotic dancer known for her role in Russ Meyer's 1965 cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. She made significant contributions to her roles by introducing elements of psychedelia and witchcraft as well as writing most of her own dialogue.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Quebec, Canada, Haji—a nickname given to her by an uncle[1]—appeared in several Russ Meyer films, including Motorpsycho (1965), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), Good Morning and... Goodbye! (1967), and Supervixens (1975).[3][4] Haji's final role was as 'Moonji' in Killer Drag Queens on Dope (2003).[5][6]

Haji was reunited with fellow Russ Meyer film stars Kitten Natividad and Raven De La Croix in the 2001 comedy feature film The Double-D Avenger, directed by William Winckler. In it, Haji played evil exotic dancer Hydra Heffer.

Haji was featured as one of the top 1,000 most glamorous women of the 20th century in the book Glamorous Girls of the Century by Steve Sullivan.[5][7] She was also interviewed in the book Invasion of the B-Girls by Jewel Shepard.[6][8] Haji lived in Malibu, California.[2]

She is survived by a granddaughter, and daughter, Cerlette.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Slotnik, Daniel E. (18 August 2013). "Haji, 67, an Actress Featured in Cult Films by Russ Meyer". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.f4.ca/ultravixen/haji.html
  3. ^ Pell, Nicholas (August 10, 2013). "Haji, Star of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Dead at 67". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Blumm, K.C. (August 11, 2013). "Haji, Star of Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill!, Is Dead". People (magazine). Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Atkinson, Katie (August 11, 2013). "Haji, star of 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill!,' dies at 67". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0354486/
  7. ^ http://www.fasterpussycathaji.com/bio.html
  8. ^ Brown, David Michael (February 2, 2005). "Interview with Tura Satana, Lori Williams and Haji - The stars of Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!". DMB. Retrieved August 11, 2013.