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The Vanguard Dark Queen...Vampira



The horror hostess Vampira was definitely one of a kind. Even now. But especially in the Leave It To Beaver, aw shucks era of The '50's.
Born Maila Elisabeth Syrjaniemi, the Finish American beauty knocked around Hollywood gaining minor parts before landing "The Vampira Show," running from 1954-55 on KABC.
Later she would once again appear in films, including the infamous 'Worst Movie In The World,' "Plan 9 From Outer Space," which now enjoys cult status from fans of classic horror and sci-fi.
The unfortunate period of her career was her resurrecting her Vampira show, only for the producers to cast an actress she didn't want. That actress was Cassandra Peterson, A.K.A. the legendary Elvira. It's unfortunate that both didn't recognize each other for their roles in horror and sci-fi, but will probably forevermore be linked as groundbreaker and her greatest successor.
Overall she lives on through video and pictures as a unique part of a bygone era. Though she didn't appear in the major horror and science fiction films of her era, she is remembered with those legends...simply for creating a character that holds that hypnotic gaze. Much like a vampire.
We miss you Maila Nurmi...A.K.A. VAMPIRA.





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