Vampira In Hollywood, 1954


Maila Nurmi was a Hollywood beatnik who caught the eye of Hunt Stromberg, a TV producer looking for a way to spice up reruns of old horror movies on Channel 7. He spotted Nurmi at a party dressed in her Charles Addams finery and hired her to host The Vampira Show in 1954. The screaming beat was noticed by Ed Wood, who cast her alongside Bela Lugosi in Plan 9 From Outer Space.  Lisa Marie played her in Tim Burton’s biopic in 1994. “There was a bit of Greta Garbo in there, a little Dostoyevsky,” she told a biographer. “Something just a wee bit spooky like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.”  Life magazine ran a three-page spread on the darker than life TV star with the 17″ waist as she strolled through Hollywood.  Thanks to Google you can read it here. Nurmi died in 2008 and was buried at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Fans paid for a gravestone with an image of her most famous character etched into it.