Kitten Natividad

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AmericanBorn Francisca Isabel Natividad Davalos

Mexican-American film actress and exotic dancer

Born on February 13, 1948 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua State , Mexico

Died on September 24, 2022 in Los Angeles, California , United States

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Francesca Isabel Natividad (February 13, 1948 – September 24, 2022), known professionally as Kitten Natividad, was a Mexican-American film actress and exotic dancer. She was noted for her 44-inch (112 cm) bust, and appearances in cult films made by her ex-partner, director Russ Meyer.

...   Francesca Isabel Natividad (February 13, 1948 – September 24, 2022), known professionally as Kitten Natividad, was a Mexican-American film actress and exotic dancer. She was noted for her 44-inch (112 cm) bust, and appearances in cult films made by her ex-partner, director Russ Meyer.

Early years
Natividad was born on February 13, 1948, in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua State, Mexico. She was the eldest of nine children. Natividad did not speak English until she was 10 years old. At that time, her mother married a U.S. citizen and they moved to Texas. Natividad attended Ysleta High School in El Paso, where she was her senior class president.After moving to California, Natividad worked as both a maid and a cook for Stella Stevens, and then as a key-punch operator for IBM, before eventually turning to go-go dancing to make ends meet. At this time, she adopted the stage name of "Kitten" Natividad, which came from her shyness. In 1969, at the age of 21 years, she had her first breast implant surgery in Tijuana (where it was legal) on the advice of her agent.

Natividad, by then known mainly as Kitten, was introduced to Russ Meyer by fellow dancer Shari Eubank, a performer in Meyer's 1975 film Supervixens. Meyer hired her to narrate his movie Up! In it, she was shown sitting nude in a tree, quoting the poetry of Hilda Doolittle, and acting as a Greek chorus to the nonsensical action. Meyer was so impressed he wanted her to star in his next feature, Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens, one of several collaborations between Meyer and film critic Roger Ebert. Meyer paid for a second breast enhancement and voice lessons to eliminate her accent. Due to the tragic results of her breast enhancement surgeries she deeply regretted what she was talked into doing. She left her husband for Meyer during the filming, and they lived together as a couple for most of the next 15 years.After this, Natividad moved into pornographic modeling, mainly doing glamour or girl-girl shoots with the likes of Candy Samples, Uschi Digard, and Patty Plenty. The appearances increased her dancing income many times over. She incorporated a giant champagne glass into her act, similar to such as Lili St. Cyr had used, accompanied by the Bobby Darin hit "Splish Splash". She appeared as a guest on The Dating Game, one of a number of game shows that Chuck Barris produced.
During the 1980s, Natividad began appearing in pornographic productions, initially limiting her performances to appearing topless. Eventually, however, she graduated to engaging in hardcore performances, usually with younger men and women. She has had backlash from burlesque performers because she did hardcore videos. She also founded the private photo and video studio called "The Kitten Klub". Her website later closed. She famously appeared as a stripper at the bachelor party held by Sean Penn to celebrate his 1985 marriage to Madonna, having portrayed a stripper the year before in The Wild Life, a movie starring Sean’s brother Christopher.
In 2001, Natividad starred in the cult film comedy The Double-D Avenger, directed by William Winckler, and in it, she was reunited with fellow Russ Meyer "repertory" stars Haji (from Meyer's Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and Raven De La Croix from Meyer's film Up! In The Double-D Avenger, Kitten Natividad played Chastity Knott, a woman who becomes a busty costumed crime fighter.
The pornographic website Brazzers was negotiating her return to hardcore performances.

In pop culture
Natividad appeared on The Gong Show in the late 1970s and on The $1.98 Beauty Show, both of which, like The Dating Game, were produced by Chuck Barris. (Barris hosted The Gong Show; Rip Taylor hosted The $1.98 Beauty Show; and Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game.)
She appeared in a 1980s music video for Mitch Ryder's version of the song "When You Were Mine", which was written and composed by Prince.
In August 2006, Natividad appeared in a Playboy layout, "The History of Bikinis".

Personal life
In October 1999, Natividad underwent double-mastectomy surgery for treatment of breast cancer. After her breasts were removed, it was discovered that the silicone that had been used in her implants when she had undergone her 1969 surgery was of an industrial grade rather than a surgical grade. She subsequently underwent corrective surgery, and this brought her closer to the size that her fans remembered her having been.
As of early August 2016, she was living alone with a pit bull and three cats, all of which were featured in the 2005 documentary movie Pornstar Pets, and she continued to support herself with sales of her porn videos and phone sex. She appeared in the Adam Rifkin independent feature A Night at the Golden Eagle; according to her, Rifkin remembered recognizing her when their cars were both stopped at the same stoplight 25 years earlier.

Natividad died from kidney failure at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on September 24, 2022, aged 74. She was survived by her sister Eva, her mother, four nephews and a niece.

Selected filmography
Kitten Natividad has appeared in more than 65 films and video productions. Career highlights and major studio features include:

1972: The New Centurions
1976: Up!
1979: Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens
1976: Deep Jaws
1982: Airplane II: The Sequel (uncredited)
1982: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (uncredited)
1983: My Tutor
1984: Night Patrol
1984: The Wild Life
1985: Takin' It Off
1985: Bodacious Ta Tas
1985: An Evening with Kitten
1986: The Tomb
1987: Takin' It All Off
1990: Another 48 Hrs.
1990: 40 The Hard Way
1993: Titillation 3
1993: Buford's Beach Bunnies
1996: United Trash
1997: The 120 Days of Bottrop
2001: The Double-D Avenger
2001: Night at the Golden Eagle
2009: Nightbeats
2017: Fags in the Fast Lane
2019: 70 the Hard Way


External links

Official site
Kitten Natividad at IMDb
Kitten Natividad at the Internet Adult Film Database
Kitten Natividad at the Adult Film Database

Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


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