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01/15/2008 07:40 PM ID: 67672 Permalink   

No Mis-stake: Vampira is Dead


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.

    WebReporter: MomentOfClarity Show Calling Card      
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  BLOODY HELL! I thought we'd lost a member then  
And we do seem to be dropping like fly's at the moment
  by: AnsweringQuestions     01/15/2008 08:05 PM     
  Left out, by accident or intention  
The above should read: "...and made her way to Hollywood *to* be in film. She worked as *a* model and chorus girl before Vampira..."

I guess I missed those little things trying to fit this all in. I gave up on trying to fit the Peterson lawsuit in, even though it was significant. I side with Peterson on that...Nurmi based her character of Charles Addams' work, anyway. Still, she was a legend.
  by: MomentOfClarity     01/15/2008 08:05 PM     
No I am very much alive and kicking lol I must admit I had to look twice at the title.
  by: vampira     01/15/2008 08:32 PM     
  Thank God for that!  
That gave me a scare!

Just knock your coffin lid Vamp, so as I know your ok.

I used to love these sort of films, I wish they would make more.
  by: captainJane     01/15/2008 11:29 PM     
They still make them, bad sci-fi and horror are definitely still around, they just tend to have higher budgets and haven't had time to become kitsch. The only reason people would make new movies like that today is for the retro appeal, and most would just watch the old films if they want retro. Try Mystery Science Theater 3000 or "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra," that's a pretty decent modern retro horror/sci-fi spoof.
  by: MomentOfClarity     01/16/2008 01:06 AM     
you're ok vampira, lol. :D
  by: QuestioningAnswers   01/16/2008 01:17 AM     
  "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra,"  
I loved that movie. I think that most or some people simply wouldn't get it and say that, 'It was stupid'. How about the original 'Invaders From Mars' or 'Forbidden Planet'?
  by: John E Angel     01/16/2008 03:59 AM     
  I have  
copies of those movies, plus many others...
  by: stone kiley   01/16/2008 06:36 AM     
Who's dropping like flies now?
  by: luc1ddr3am     01/16/2008 02:38 PM     
  Spooky, sexy, 85... different!  
Aww that sucks!
  by: azrael darkchyld   01/16/2008 08:20 PM     
I thought it was Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson at first... phew.. Long Live Elvira!! :D *BG*
  by: RAD     01/16/2008 08:36 PM     
  NO-I am NOT cadaver...  
I am Cavador
  by: cavador   01/17/2008 07:43 AM     
So did I....I was like dude she aint that old
  by: kross10c   01/17/2008 04:01 PM     
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