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Russ Meyer

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Born Mar 21, 1922

Russell Albion "Russ" Meyer was a U.S. motion picture director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, actor and photographer. Meyer is known primarily for writing and directing a series of successful low-budget sexploitation films that featured campy humor, sly satire and large-breasted women.… Read More

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    Hollywood News - Apr 24, 2015
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    The Portland Mercury - Dec 25, 2013

Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1922 Birth Born on March 21, 1922.

TWENTIES

1945 23 Years Old Even then he already demonstrated a corny directing style and included nudity, like in scenes of naked GIs bathing in the Rhine in March 1945. … Read More

THIRTIES

1955 33 Years Old Meyer would go on to shoot three Playboy centerfolds during the magazine's early years, one of his wife Eve Meyer in 1955. … Read More

FORTIES

1968 46 Years Old After producing the popular mockumentary Mondo Topless (1966) with the remnants of his production company's assets and two mildly successful color melodramas, Meyer made headlines once again in 1968 with the controversial, Vixen! … Read More
1969 47 Years Old After the unexpected success of Columbia Pictures' low-budget 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. … Read More

FIFTIES

1973 51 Years Old After making his most subdued film, a commercially unsuccessful adaptation of the popular Irving Wallace novel The Seven Minutes (1971) 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.
1975 53 Years Old In 1975, he released Supervixens, a return to the world of big bosoms, square jaws, and the Sonoran Desert that earned $17 million in the United States on a shoestring budget. … Read More
1977 55 Years Old In 1977, Malcolm McLaren hired Meyer to direct a film starring The Sex Pistols. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1999 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite his reputation as a Rabelaisian man, Russ Meyer never employed the casting couch and rarely slept with any of his actresses. He had no children though there were rumored unsuccessful pregnancies with his second wife Edy Williams and last serious girlfriend, Melissa Mounds, who was also found guilty of assaulting him in 1999. … Read More
2000 78 Years Old 1 More Event
He also worked obsessively for over a decade on a massive three volume autobiography entitled A Clean Breast. Finally printed in 2000, it features numerous excerpts of reviews, clever details of each of his films and countless photos and erotic musings. … Read More
2004 83 Years Old Russ Meyer died at his home in the Hollywood Hills, of complications of pneumonia, on September 18, 2004. … Read More
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