Jan 15, 2008

RIP: Vampira

It has come to our attention that Maila "Vampira" Nurmi, while sleeping peacefully, suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away. Maila had recently turned 86 and was in seemingly good health and spirits.

Funeral arrangements are pending due to a search for relatives, but a memorial service will be held in Los Angeles in the near future. If you wish to be notified, please send your contact information to Ghooled@sbcglobal.net.

Nurmi was TV's "Vampira," wearing dark mascara, blood-red lipstick and a revealing black dress as she introduced such films as Revenge of the Zombies and Devil Bat's Daughter.

She became a cult figure among B-movie buffs and some say she inspired the character of Morticia Addams on TV's The Addams Family in the 1960s.

Her best know work is as the vampire in Ed Wood's 1959 classic B film Plan 9 from Outer Space, co-staring BelaLugosi in his final work.

But her fame didn't lead to long-term wealth. In 1989, Nurmi lost a $10 million lawsuit that contended Cassandra Peterson's late-night horror hostess Elvira pirated her character.

A friend says Nurmi supported herself late in her life by selling handmade jewelry.

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