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Maila Nurmi

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Maila Nurmi

Finnish-American actress who created the campy 1950s character Vampira add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1922.

Countries: California (39%), United States (30%), Ohio (9%)

Main connections: Peter Lorre, Alberto Vargas, Victor Saville

Linked to: Sex Kittens Go to College, Bizarre, EBay, NPR

 

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Maila Nurmi was born in 1922 add something


1932

In another publicity stunt, KABC had her cruise around Hollywood in the back of a chauffeur-driven 1932 Packard touring car with the top down, where she sat, as Vampira, holding a black parasol add something

 

The release imitated a complete episode by using existing footage of the show combined with vintage commercials believed to have been directed by Ed Wood and the full-length 1932 feature film "The Thirteenth Guest" add something


1939

She and her family lived in Ashtabula, Ohio until 1939, when they moved to Oregon add something


1944

She reportedly was fired by Mae West from the cast of West's Broadway play "Catherine Was Great" in 1944 because West feared that she was being upstaged add something


1947

She modeled for Alberto Vargas, Bernard of Hollywood and Man Ray, gaining a foothold in the film industry with an uncredited role in Victor Saville's 1947 film, "If Winter Comes" add something


1949

She married her first husband, Dean Riesner, in 1949, a former child actor in silent films and later the screenwriter of "Dirty Harry", "Charley Varrick", "Play Misty for Me", and numerous other movies and TV episodes add something


1950

In the 1950s she supported herself mainly by posing for pin-up photos in men's magazines such as "Famous Models", "Gala" and "Glamorous Models" add something

 

In the early 1950s, Nurmi was close friends with James Dean, and they spent time together at Googie's coffee shop on the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood add something

 

Unlike Elvira, Nurmi authorized very few merchandising contracts for her Vampira character, though the name and likeness have been used unofficially by various companies since the 1950s add something

 

B movie - Updating a concept introduced by TV hostess Vampira over three decades before, "MST3K" presented cheap, low-grade movies, primarily science fiction of the 1950s and 1960s, along with running voiceover commentary highlighting the films' shortcomings


1953

The idea for the Vampira character was born in 1953 when Nurmi attended choreographer Lester Horton's annual Bal Caribe Masquerade in a costume inspired by Morticia Addams in "The New Yorker" cartoons of Charles Addams add something


 

Nominated for an Emmy award as 'Most Outstanding Female Personality' in 1954, she returned to films with "Too Much, Too Soon", followed by "The Big Operator" and "The Beat Generation" add something

 

"The Vampira Show" premiered on the following night, May 1, 1954 add something

 

The show was an immediate hit, and in June 1954 she appeared as Vampira in a horror-themed comedy skit on "The Red Skelton Show" along with Béla Lugosi, Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney, Jr. add something


1955

On June 20, 1955, Nurmi was the target of an attempted murder when a man forced his way into her apartment and proceeded to terrorize her for close to four hours add something


1957

In 1957, Screen Gems released a syndicated package of 52 horror movies, mostly from Universal Pictures, under the program title "Shock Theater" add something


1958

She married her second husband, younger actor John Brinkley, on March 10, 1958 add something


1959

She is billed as Vampira in the 1959 movie "The Beat Generation" where she plays a beatnik poet add something


1960

In 1960 she appeared in "I Passed for White" and "Sex Kittens Go to College", followed by 1962's "The Magic Sword" add something

 

In the early 1960s, Nurmi opened Vampira's Attic, an antiques boutique on Melrose Avenue add something

 

The classic clip from "Plan 9 from Outer Space" featuring Vampira walking out of the woods with her hands pointing straight out was used to start the original opening sequence of WPIX Channel 11 New York's "Chiller Theatre" in the 1960s add something


1961

She married actor Fabrizio Mioni on June 20, 1961, in Orange County, California add something


1962

By 1962, Nurmi was making a living installing linoleum flooring add something


1981

In 1981, Nurmi was asked by KHJ-TV to revive her Vampira character for television add something


1994

In 1994, Nurmi authorized a Vampira model kit for Artomic Creations, and a pre-painted figurine from Bowen Designs in 2001, both sculpted by Thomas Kuntz add something


2001

In 2001, Nurmi opened an official website and began selling autographed memorabilia and original pieces of art on eBay add something


2004

In 2004, she authorized merchandising of the Vampira character by Coffin Case add something


2005

"They eventually called me in to sign a contract and she was there", Nurmi told "Bizarre" magazine in 2005 add something


2006

Jami Deadly - In 2006, "Deadly Cinema" and its star were both prominently featured in "Vampira: The Movie", a documentary about the late Maila Nurmi, best known as Vampira, the very first horror host


2007

In 2007, the kinescope film of Nurmi in character was restored by Rerunmedia, whose restorations include "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "Dark Shadows" add something

 

A reconstructed episode of "The Vampira Show" was released on DVD by the Vampira's Attic web site in October 2007 add something


Maila Nurmi died in 2008 add something

 

On January 10, 2008, Nurmi died of natural causes at her home in Hollywood, aged 85 add something


2014

Examination of her diaries in 2014 verify longtime rumors that in 1956 she was the model for Maleficent, the evil witch in the Disney conception of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty add something