Below the picture you'll find the links to a two part look back at my experiences with the pop culture phenomenon known as Elvira - Mistress of the Dark,
In the early 1980's a California TV station was working on bringing back the notorious Vampira character from 1950's television with a new actress to play her. However, the station manager found working with Vampira's demanding creator and original performer Maila Nurmi too difficult, and they broke off the negotiations.
Shortly after, the station announced auditions for a new horror character called Elvira. A young woman named Cassandra Peterson nailed that audition, and soon after Elvira was born!
Initially conceived to be played as a cold and aloof female vampire - like Vampira - Elvira was eventually molded into a hip occult Valley girl persona - which Peterson played to a T. The show started out as a local Los Angeles program - but soon expanded nationwide. Eventually Elvira became the Queen of Halloween - hosting Halloween programs, making appearances in Halloween episodes of TV series, appearing in comic books and movies, and being the spokeswoman for several products, including Coors beer.
Elvira continues to be a strong force in entertainment - and still makes my heart go aflutter every time I see her.
That's the basics - and some nice pics of the lovely lady - but if you are really charged up to know more of her history - as filtered through my experiences as her fan - then you can check out these two links to an earlier two part Elvira series. They are considerably longer as I am quite the wordy cuss - as you'll definitely see if you follow the links...
Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!