Historical Striptease Performer:

Kitten Natividad

First Published: 

Last Updated: 

28th September 2022

28th September 2022


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Kitten Natividad was best known for her busty charms in the Russ Meyer-directed films “Up!” (1976), and “Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens” (1979). Her modeling, acting, porn work, and exotic dancing ensured she become a pop culture icon of the 1970s & 1980s.


She was born Francesca Isabel Natividad and used "Kitten" as her stage name (due to her young cat like shyness).

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Kitten was born on 13th February 1948 in Ciudad Jaurez, Mexico. At age 10 she moved to El Paso TX, with her 8 sisters, when her mother married an American.

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In 1969, at age 21 Kitten had breast implants, creating a 44-inch bust. This would result in her gaining parts in several Russ Meyer "sexploitation" movies and begin the start of over 60+ acting credits to her name. These included the 1983 sex comedy movie “My Tutor,” the 1984 coming-of-age comedy-drama “The Wild Life,” the 1990 cop movie “Another 48 hours,” and the 2001 comedy “The Double-D Avenger.”

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Besides her acting career, other jobs included go-go dancing, glamour modeling, some pornographic film work, and appearing on TV game shows (like “The Dating Game,” “The Gong Show,” and “The $1.98 Beauty Show”). She also appeared in the 1980 music video “Where You Were Mine” (by Mitch Ryder and written by Prince) and provided striptease entertainment in 1985 for actor Sean Penn’s bachelor party (before his marriage to music icon Madonna).

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Signature Show

Kitten Natividad is best known for dancing to Bobby Darin’s 1958 song, “Splish, Splash,” while in a giant champagne glass.

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Private Life

For 15 years she was the romantic partner of American director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer Russ Meyer (1922 – 2004) - best known for his soft-core grind house genre of films. In the later part of her life, she lived alone with her dog and 3 cats.

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Adult film actress and exotic dancer Kitten Natividad died on Saturday 24th September 2022, at Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles CA, aged 74. The specific reason was not announced, but her death was from natural causes.

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Some of her film work is available on Amazon.

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