Influencing the likes of John Waters and John Landis, and always holding to the noble cause of championing big-breasted women, Mr. Meyer hoisted his starlets to goddess status, bringing the so-called "blue movie" out of the back room and onto shimmering movie screens across the world.
Born in Oakland, California in 1922, Mr. Meyer worked as a cameraman during WWII, and upon his return home from the war, became a photographer. Shooting some of the first centerfolds for illustrious Playboy magazine led to his 1959 film The Immoral Mr. Teas, a "nudie picture" that paved the way for Mr. Meyer to establish his status as one of the premiere cult filmmakers of the century. In the '60s, with a string of ineffable cinematic classics--amongst them Lorna, Vixen!, and his most renowned work, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!--he did what none had done before (or at least done so well): combine sex, violence, and camp to create an innovative kind of trash art cinema.
After the success of Vixen!, 20th Century Fox hired Meyer to make studio movies. The first of these was Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a raucous orgy of music, sex and decapitation written by his close friend, film critic Roger Ebert. Mr. Meyer continued making films until the late '70s, culminating with the inspired, whacked-out insanity of Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens in 1979. After Ultra-Vixens, Mr. Meyer cemented his legacy, re-releasing his films on video and DVD.
While Mr. Meyer passed away on September 18, his films shall live forever; we and our children's children shall be able to appreciate and enjoy them for all time. For this we are eternally grateful--indeed, our gratitude is only hindered by our hopes that peace (and big-breasted angels) shall find Russ Meyer as he rests for all eternity.