Better known as the spooky, sexy "Vampira," Maila Nurmi died Thursday at age 85 in her Hollywood home. She created her vampy, fishnet-clad character in 1954 to host horror films on KABC TV in Los Angeles. Her cause of death has not been determined.
Though "The Vampira Show" lasted about a year, Nurmi gained fame amongst B-movie fans and scattered film appearances, such as a cameo in Ed Wood's 1959 "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Her casket will travel in a hearse in which she rode in a 2005 parade.
Born in 1922 in Finland as Maila Elizabeth Syrjaniemi, she emigrated with her Family to the US and made her way to Hollywood to be in film. She worked as model and chorus girl before Vampira, and supported herself making handmade jewelry later in life.