Maila Nurmi

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Maila Nurmi in 1947

Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi (December 11, 1922 – January 10, 2008), known professionally as Maila Nurmi, was a Finnish-American actress and television personality. Her fame springs from her creation of the 1950s television character Vampira, later imitated in the 1980s by Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.


  • Well, apparently, I was instantly a sensation. Even Life Magazine came and photographed me — five pages in Life ... fan clubs all over the world ... almost immediately, I was blacklisted and never worked again — except, once, for Liberace.

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