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Overview (3)

Born in Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Nicknames The Mistress of the Dark
Elvira
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She began her career at age 17 as the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history in the show "Vive Les Girls" at the Dunes Hotel. After receiving advice from "The King" himself, Elvis Presley, she traveled to Europe where she pursued a career as a singer and actor. She worked in several Italian films, including Federico Fellini's Roma (1972) and performed throughout Europe as lead singer of an Italian rock band.

Upon returning to the United States, she toured the country as star of her own musical-comedy show, "Mama's Boys". She eventually settled in Hollywood, where she spent four and a half years with L.A.'s foremost improvisational comedy group, The Groundlings. In 1981, she auditioned for the role of horror hostess on a local Los Angeles television station. Her show, Movie Macabre (1981), and her newly created character, Elvira, became an overnight sensation.

Cassandra has used Elvira's celebrity status to bring attention to many worthy causes and organizations over the years, including her well-known work for animal welfare and raising money and awareness for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. In addition to co-writing and performing in both the local L.A. and nationally syndicated television versions of "Movie Macabre", she co-wrote, produced and starred in two feature films, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) and Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001). Her latest endeavors include producing, writing and starring in the reality series The Search for the Next Elvira (2007) on Fox Reality and the nationally syndicated series Elvira's Movie Macabre (2010).

Cassandra Peterson has spent over three decades solidifying the Elvira brand and building it into an international cult icon that has become synonymous with Halloween and the horror genre.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (1)

Mark Pierson (4 July 1981 - 14 February 2003) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (6)

As Elvira: Beauty mark (mole) under her right eye, black dress with the plunging neckline and slit on the right side, ruby ring, snake-shapped earrings, black fingernails, black pumps, the dagger she stores on her belt, and her bouffant hairstyle.
Strawberry blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Curvaceous, buxom figure
Double entendre sense of humor
Seductive deep voice

Trivia (21)

Was close friends with Vincent Price.
Is the first woman who did a music video in 3D ("Superstition").
Her favorite movies are Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978).
Ranked #1 of Sci-Fi's Sexiest B-Queens, by Femme Fatales magazine (1997).
Owns a production company in Los Angeles called Queen B Productions. She merchandises Elvira products.
The Pentagon named a Stealth computer system "Elvira" inspired by her.
Attended and graduated from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1969).
Former member of the improvisational comedy group The Groundlings.
In 1989, she licensed the name and likeness of Elvira to Midway Manufacturing (a division of WMS Gaming) for the pinball game "Elvira and the Party Monsters".
In 1996, she licensed the name and likeness of Elvira to Midway Manufacturing (a division of WMS Gaming) for the pinball game "Scared Stiff".
In 2002, she licensed the name and likeness of Elvira to International Game Technologies for use in an Elvira-themed video slot machine.
Was scalded by boiling water when she was five years old. Underwent 17 skin grafting operations over the course of her childhood to repair the scar tissue. Now covers some of her remaining scars (around neck and shoulders) with make-up or clothing.
Has hosted the Halloween themed amusement park Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park, California, from 1982 - 2001.
Although she has appeared in nude layouts, she has never appeared nude as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Maila Nurmi, the original Vampira, once sued her for stealing her character without consulting her. However, Peterson claimed that Elvira was nothing like Vampira aside from the basic design of the black dress and black hair.
She was the stripper in the background on the cover of Tom Waits album "Small Change" (1976). She has since described it as a "giant mystery" claiming that while she has no memory of the event, the cover looks enough like her that she feels "pretty sure" that it is her.
In 1981, she auditioned for the role of Ginger Grant for the third "Gilligan's Island" television movie, shortly before KHJ-TV offered her the horror-host position. She was also a personality on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM 106.7 from 1982 - 1983.
In 2012, she became an investor in Comikaze Entertainment Inc., which hosts Comikaze Expo, one of the largest popular culture conventions of the United States. She was also inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame, as her character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Has one daughter: Sadie Pierson (born October 12, 1994) with her now ex-husband Mark Pierson.
Is close friends with musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.

Personal Quotes (5)

[In 1998, reacting to being told that Monica Lewinsky liked to compare herself to Elvira] At least, I get my little black dress cleaned once in a while.
[on her career before she landed her "Elvira" job in 1981] I was your typical struggling actress. I went to every audition, took a million acting, dancing and singing lessons, and spent years wondering where my next meal was coming from.
[In 2014, on her dream date with Elvis Presley] I was a big groupie. I loved music. I got to realize the dream of actually meeting Elvis and actually going out on a date with Elvis, so that was a dream come true for me. There was a lot of making out going on. We had a great time.
[In 2014, on Elvis Presley giving her some advice] He is one hundred percent responsible for me getting out of Vegas and going on with my career. Elvis said to me, "You don't want to stay here. This is not a town you should be in." And I don't think if that would've come from anybody but Elvis, I would've done it.
Everybody who grew up being bullied and made fun of a lot, and didn't fit in socially for whatever reason, identifies with Elvira. That was me when I was a kid. Because of the scars I had from the boiling water accident, I was teased mercilessly. I didn't have a lot of friends. My best friend was considered a weirdo by the other kids. So we just kept to ourselves. We would have been goths if that had been invented, you know? I have a huge gay following and I hear from fans all the time how much Elvira means to them.

Salary (1)

Movie Macabre (1981) $350 per week

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