Kitten Natividad

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Kitten Natividad

Kitten Natividad in June 2007
BornFrancesca Isabel Natividad
(1948-02-14) February 14, 1948 (age 64)
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Other namesFrancesca 'Kitten' Natividad, Francesca Natividad, Frances Natividad
EthnicityMexican
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Website
http://www.kittenklub.com
 
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Kitten Natividad

Kitten Natividad in June 2007
BornFrancesca Isabel Natividad
(1948-02-14) February 14, 1948 (age 64)
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Other namesFrancesca 'Kitten' Natividad, Francesca Natividad, Frances Natividad
EthnicityMexican
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Website
http://www.kittenklub.com

Kitten Natividad (born Francesca Isabel Natividad on February 14, 1948) is a Mexican American film actress, exotic dancer and porn star, noted for her 44-inch chest and appearances in cult films by her ex-partner, director Russ Meyer.

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Early years

Natividad was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, the eldest of nine children, and did not speak English until she was 10. At that time her mother married a U.S. citizen and they moved to Texas.[1] Natividad attended high school in El Paso, where she was her senior class president.[2]

After moving to California, she worked as a maid and cook for Stella Stevens and as a key punch operator for IBM before turning to go-go dancing to make ends meet. Her stage name Kitten came from her shyness.[3] At age 21, she had her first breast implant surgery in Tijuana, where it was legal, in order to move into topless dancing.[1] Due to the tragic results of the breast enhancements she deeply regretted having been talked into doing it (see below).

Career

Kitten Natividad was introduced to Russ Meyer by fellow dancer Shari Eubank, a performer in Meyer's 1975 film Supervixens.[4] Meyer hired her as the narrator of his movie Up!, where she was shown sitting nude in a tree,[3] quoting the poetry of Hilda Doolittle and acting as a Greek chorus to the nonsensical action.[5] 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). He paid for a second breast enhancement[1] and voice lessons to eliminate her accent.[3] She left her husband for Meyer during the filming, and they lived together as a couple for most of the next 15 years.[1]

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.[3] The appearances increased her dancing income many times over. She incorporated a giant champagne glass into her act (similar to Lili St. Cyr[1]), accompanied by Bobby Darin hit "Splish Splash".[3]

In 1970-1980s she took part in some short-footage "sexy wrestling" films, mainly with companies like Curtis Dupont[citation needed] and Triumph Studios. She appeared as a guest on the show The Dating Game in which she could be seen flaunting and obsessing over her abnormally large breasts. During the 1980s, Natividad began appearing in pornographic productions, initially limiting her performances to appearing topless, but eventually doing hardcore performances, usually with younger men and women. She also founded the private photo and video studio Kitten Klub. She famously appeared as a stripper at the bachelor party held by Sean Penn to celebrate his 1985 marriage to Madonna.[1]

In pop culture

Personal life

In October 1999, Kitten Natividad underwent double-mastectomy surgery for treatment of breast cancer.[6] After her breasts were removed, it was discovered that the silicone used in her implants was of an industrial grade. She has since had corrective surgery and is close to the size that her fans remember her being. She currently lives alone with a pit bull and three cats (all featured in the 2005 documentary movie Pornstar Pets), and supports herself with sales of her porn videos and phone sex, with an international clientele.[1] 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.[7]

In January 2008, Natividad was inducted in the Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame.[8]

Selected filmography

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

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