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Cassandra Peterson

Elvira poses with the DVD for her film Elvira's Haunted Hills
Born: September 17, 1951
Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Occupation: Actress and TV hostess.
Website: http://www.elvira.com/

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is better known for her on-screen persona "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark". She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wicked vampish appearance was offset by her comical character, quick witted personality and most of all talking like a Valley girl. Image File history File links Elvira photo from Elvira. ... Elviras Haunted Hills is a 2001 film directed by Sam Irvin. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Riley County Courthouse, Manhattan Manhattan is a town located in northeastern Kansas at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... A persona is a social role, or a character played by an actor. ... Gothic woman, traditional style, with big hair, spikes and piercings Gothic fashion is a style of dress of individuals who identify themselves as goths. ... It has been suggested that Intermammary sulcus be merged into this article or section. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... In the United States, Valley girl, or Val, is a term coined in the 1970s, originally referring to affluent young women living in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California. ...

As of 2006, Peterson has announced her intent to retire her role (see below). 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Early life

Although born in Manhattan, Kansas, Peterson grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and graduated from General William J. Palmer High School in 1967. Just days after that, she became a showgirl at The Dunes in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 16, where she lost her virginity to Tom Jones, an incident she would relate in later years with much embarassment. According to Peterson she required many stitches to repair the damages the next day. In Italy, she was the lead singer in a rock band and a chance encounter with Federico Fellini led to a small part in Roma (1972). Back in the U.S., she joined the Los Angeles-based improvisational troupe The Groundlings. Riley County Courthouse, Manhattan Manhattan is a town located in northeastern Kansas at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. ... Flag Nickname: The Springs Location Location in the state of Colorado Coordinates , Government County El Paso Mayor Lionel Rivera Geographical characteristics Area     City 482. ... Name General William J. Palmer High School Address 301 North Nevada Avenue Town Colorado Springs, Colorado Established 1874 Community Urban Type Public Secondary Religion Secular Students Coeducational Grades 9 to 12 Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges District Colorado State Department of Education Subdistrict Colorado Springs School District 11... A Las Vegas showgirl, from the Folies Bergere. ... The Dunes in 1983 The Dunes Hotel was a Las Vegas, Nevada hotel/casino that operated from May 23, 1955 to January 26, 1993, and was the tenth resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Entertainment Capital of the World Location Location of Las Vegas in Nevada Coordinates , Government County Clark Mayor Oscar B. Goodman Geographical characteristics Area     City 113. ... Official language(s) None Capital Carson City Largest city Las Vegas Area  Ranked 7th  - Total 110,567 sq mi (286,367 km²)  - Width 322 miles (519 km)  - Length 490 miles (788 km)  - % water 0. ... In Roman times, Vestal Virgins were strictly celibate or they were punished by death. ... Tom Jones Sir Thomas Jones Woodward, Kt, OBE (born 7 June 1940), best known by his stage name, Tom Jones is a Welsh pop singer particularly noted for his powerful voice. ... Rock group (or later rock band) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. ... Federico Fellini Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 – October 31, 1993) was one of the most influential and widely revered Italian film-makers of the 20th century and is considered to be one of the finest film directors of all time. ... Roma is a poetic film depicting director Federico Fellinis move from his native Rimini to Rome as a youth. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Improvisation is the act of making something up as it is performed. ... The Groundlings is an improvisational comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California, USA. The troupe was formed by Gary Austin in 1974 and uses an improv format influenced by Viola Spolin to produce sketches and improvised scenes. ...

Creation of Elvira

Shortly after her marriage to Mark Pierson in 1981, she created the character Elvira with close friend Robert Redding after a successful audition to be a horror movie show hostess and was one of the first such hosts to be nationally syndicated. One of the first successful horror hostesses, Vampira (Maila Nurmi), later unsuccessfully sued Peterson over copyright infringement. Nurmi failed to appear in court and the case was thrown out. In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Actress Maila Nurmi (born December 21, 1921) portrayed Vampira in many shows, and starred in Ed Woods Plan 9 From Outer Space. ...

Since 1982 she been a participant in the annual Hollyween Haunt event at Knotts Berry Farm. Knotts Berry Farm is a theme park in Buena Park, California, and a manufacturer of food specialty products (primarily jams and preserves) based in Placentia, California. ...

In 1986, Elvira served as a guest commentator at the Los Angeles portion of WrestleMania 2. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... WrestleMania 2 was the second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation (although the first WrestleMania was technically not on pay-per-view). ...

In 1988, Peterson starred as her flirtatious creation opposite Edie McClurg and William Morgan Sheppard in the comedy: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Because of financial difficulties with the studio New World Pictures the movie was only released to a small amount of theaters. The movie ranked #1 on BillBoard's Home Video Rental charts for a number of years following. // Events Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Top grossing films Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis Cocktail, also starring Tom Cruise... Edie McClurg Edie McClurg (born July 23, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American actress. ... Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a 1988 film directed by James Signorelli. ... // New World Communications Company Info •This company no longer exists. ...

In 1995, she narrated "The Ketchup Vampires", an animated movie about vampires who drank ketchup rather than blood.

Elvira has become a symbol of Halloween, and owns the trademark to her wig and costume. Many seasonal cosmetics and costume products also carry the Elvira brand. She also sang "Monster Rap" and "Haunted House" on the Elvira's Monster Hits album. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A trademark or trade mark[1] is a distinctive sign of some kind which is used by a business to uniquely identify itself and its products and services to consumers, and to distinguish the business and its products or services from those of other businesses. ... A wig or toupee is a head of hair - human, horse-hair or synthetic - worn on the head for fashion or various other aesthetic and stylistic reasons, including cultural and religious observance. ... Yarkand ladies summer fashions. ...

In addition, Elvira even marketed her own perfume called Evil and her own dark lager Elvira's Night Brew. She also appeared in a number of beer commercials.

Elvira also featured in three computer games developed by Accolade and Flair Software and a pinball game, as well as several comic book series. Marvel published an adaptation of her first film, while DC Comics published a short-lived Elvira's House of Mystery series featuring Elvira as a host similar to the EC Comics Crypt Keeper. The most successful Elvira comic series, however, has been the comedy/adventure Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, published by Claypool Comics since 1993. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Look up accolade in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the arcade game. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ... DC Comics (originally called Detective Comics, Inc. ... Entertaining Comics was headed by William Gaines but is better known by its publishing name of EC Comics. ... The Crypt Keeper. ...

She has been parodied in The Simpsons as movie hostess Boobarella. The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox network. ...

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy also feature an obvious tribute in the form of Grim's favourite TV host, Atrocia. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, created by Maxwell Atoms, is an American animated television series that currently airs on Cartoon Network. ... Grim is a fictional character from the television series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. ...

Recent Years

Peterson makes brief appearances (both as herself and as Elvira) on I Love the 80s 3-D on VH1. She is a supporter of animal rights and an active member of PETA. [1] I Love the 80s 3-D is the follow-up to VH1s hit 1980s nostalgia show I Love the 80s and its sequel I Love the 80s Strikes Back. ... VH1 (spelled VH-1 (Video Hits One) until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV, which originally came up with the idea of the channel). ... Logo of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world. ...

In 2005, Peterson (as Elvira) hosted a show on Australian-based cable TV channel TV1; the format was similar to her old show. TV1 is a general entertainment channel available on Australias Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television pay television services. ...

During the weekend of January 13, 2006, Peterson held an estate sale at her Hollywood Hills home which constituted many household, personal and movie memorabilia items. The estate sale was due to a move she will eventually be making up to a new residence in the Santa Barbara area of California. January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hollywood Hills, an unofficial designation of part of the City of Los Angeles, California, are part of the eastern section of the low transverse range of the Santa Monica Mountains, which extends from the Los Feliz District and Hollywood, on the south side of the Valley, to Pacific Coast... The household is the basic unit of analysis in many microeconomic and government models. ... A souvenir stall in London, England A souvenir (from the French for memory) is an object that is treasured for the memories associated with it. ... Mission Santa Barbara, known as the queen of the missions. Santa Barbara is a city in California, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...

On April 19, 2006, Peterson announced her intention to retire as Elvira, and that she would be seeking a successor for the role, via a reality TV program.[2] April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ...

See also

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a 1988 film directed by James Signorelli. ... Elviras Haunted Hills is a 2001 film directed by Sam Irvin. ... Halloween traditions include customs, practices, icons, people, and events associated with Halloween. ... John Zacherle as Zacherley - promotional photo John Zacherle (born September 27, 1918, he is sometimes credited as John Zacherley) is a U.S. television host and voice actor known for his long career hosting television broadcasts of horror movies in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. ... Maila Nurmi (originally Maila Syrjäniemi, born December 21, 1921 in Petsamo, Finland — now Pechenga, Russia) created the well-remembered 1950s character of Vampira. ... See Elvira and the Party Monsters See also List of computer and video games with female protagonists ... The Atari Lynx is Ataris only handheld game console, and the first such machine with a color display. ... This is a list of computer and video games with female protagonists. ...

External links

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