Man…the last week has been one of those bummer, lose-two-or-three-of-your-idols weeks. Karen Black…George Duke…and now Haji. Strangely enough I just happened to be watching Ilsa: Harem Keeper Of The Oil Sheiks, in which she has a great part as a would-be Mata Hari, the day that she died. I loved her so much in Russ Meyer’s movies…she personified the word “exotic”…in looks, manner, accent (I especially loved her Chico-Marxist version of an Italian accent)…and she had this irrepressible, powerful spirit that shone whether in supporting or lead roles (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Motorpsycho) or cameos (Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Good Morning And Goodbye).
Russ had a keen eye for casting awesome, almost superheroic ladies…and with Haji, he found someone especially special…I’ll never forget her.