The first time I ever saw Francesca “Kitten” Natividad was on The Gong Show, sometime in the 1970s. And as a young pre-teen Mitchell Boone, she made an indelible impression. But when I discovered her in the films of Russ Meyer in the mid ‘90s, I fell deeply in love. If you haven’t seen Russ Meyer’s Up! (1976) or Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979), I’d argue that you really haven’t seen an actual woman in a movie yet.
So when I was putting together my initial list of interview subjects for “6 Questions with….”, she was one of the first people to come to mind.
I actually had the pleasure of interviewing Kitten, live and in-studio, on a past radio show that I used to host in Los Angeles, back in 2000, and she was a riot. Super funny, down to earth…and she totally lived up to all expectations. It was great to talk to her again.
What is one thing you know you do differently than most people?
One thing I know I do differently than most people is when I know friends or family members are very, very busy, and no time to clean their homes, I go in there and clean it for them. I like that kind of surprise, it’s priceless.
Is there a person, dead or alive, that you would love to see vanish? Who and why?
I’d like the people who commit mass killings gone before they strike.
What is your biggest fear?
Global warming and just Earth getting older.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My cat Chata, who is a white, lovable Persian cat, who just wants to eat and just won’t stop till I get up.
What the hell is wrong with people?
People… I just feel so much is rooted in mental illness and no one does a thing to help them. I am scared of these poor souls….it is just so nuts when they also are killers.
Who or what does the world need to know more about?
The world needs to know more about what the hell is in our foods?!! The air and our water, too.
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