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Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 12, 2008 11:06AM)
January 11: RIP Maila “Vampira” Nurmi
Fango is saddened to report that actress, horror host and Goth icon Maila “Vampira” Nurmi has died. According to Nurmi friend and Arkham Studios FX artist Bryan Moore, the actress passed peacefully in her sleep Thursday, January 10 at her home in Hollywood, CA. She was 86.

Born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi on December 21, 1921 in Finland, Nurmi made her way to Hollywood (after her family relocated to Ohio) at age 17 to pursue a career as an actress. She’s best known for her 1950s persona of Vampira, a character she created and which she used to great effect as the horror hostess of THE VAMPIRA SHOW (a weekly series which aired on a pair of Los Angeles TV stations from 1954-1955, and was nationally syndicated) and in director Ed Wood’s cult classic PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE (1959). Nurmi’s influence on horror, fashion (Elvira, anyone?), film and music (punk-Goth acts The Misfits and The ***ed both recorded songs about her) can be felt to this day. [/quote]
Message: Posted by: Gede Nibo (Jan 12, 2008 11:57AM)
Bit the silver bullet. took the wooden stake. succumbed to the strands of garlic. Peace be upon Her......
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Jan 12, 2008 12:04PM)
She'll be back!

Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 12, 2008 12:32PM)
Vampires never leave....
our hearts that is.
Message: Posted by: Gede Nibo (Jan 12, 2008 12:39PM)
Yea, and the politicians are the vampires that never leave our wallet.....
Message: Posted by: KARCH (Jan 12, 2008 12:45PM)
Vampira dead? That news "sucks".
Message: Posted by: Gede Nibo (Jan 12, 2008 12:51PM)
Couldn't resist. could you.


ok, made me laugh......
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 12, 2008 02:20PM)
I'm off to watch PLAN 9, it has been a while.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 12, 2008 02:49PM)
We had the fortune to spend some time with the lady. Quite a character. RIP...peace at last.
Message: Posted by: Mystician (Jan 12, 2008 03:33PM)
On 2008-01-12 13:39, Gede Nibo wrote:
Yea, and the politicians are the vampires that never leave our wallet.....

She's gonna come back as a [i]politician[/i]? Now that's scary !
Message: Posted by: Gede Nibo (Jan 12, 2008 04:23PM)
Yes Yes Doug..death...comes to comfort us, finally, like a long lost friend....

mystician. no. read again. :) haha....
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 17, 2008 10:30PM)
I've watched and rewatched VAMPIRA, THE MOVIE, a biographical film made of her this past year. This grand old lady has some excellent advice on performance.

Message: Posted by: Prof. Pabodie (Jan 18, 2008 12:16AM)
Ahh...I'll never forget that impossible waistline! :)
Message: Posted by: handa (Jan 18, 2008 08:12AM)
Does anybody know which Vampira came first, Gloria (Marcom) or Maila?

In my Universe, Vampira passed away nearly 6 years ago and has been much darker since that time.

Message: Posted by: Jim Magus (Jan 18, 2008 08:26AM)
Malia Nurmi began her role as TV horror host Vampira in 1954. Her look was based on the Charles Addams cartoons. Gloria Marcom began her Vampira act around 1960 while married to Tom Palmer (later known as Tony Andruzzi), which is when the Vampira book was released.
Message: Posted by: handa (Jan 18, 2008 11:59AM)
Thanks, Jim. I have always been confused by the whole movie Vampira/Magic Vampira/Vampirella thing. At least I have a costume to go by to know which ones were/are Vampirella.

Then again, I was thrown when they switched Darrens on Bewitched, so maybe it's just me.

RIP Vampira.

Message: Posted by: coupcoupdaddy (Jan 19, 2008 10:19AM)
Fare thee well, Maila! Thank you.
Message: Posted by: tuffnavyrn (Jan 19, 2008 01:42PM)
RIP Vampira
Message: Posted by: ufo (Jan 19, 2008 06:02PM)
She will be missed and remembered. A real character for sure.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 19, 2008 08:29PM)
Message: Posted by: Skypoint (Jan 23, 2008 10:28PM)
I remember watching her in Plan Nine when I was a kid. It was so bad it was good! I still like seeing it once in a while.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 23, 2008 10:54PM)
Yes, 2 minutes in an Ed Wood's movie. Inagine if she had not been black listed...
Message: Posted by: Tone (Jan 23, 2008 11:14PM)
First month of 2008-
RIP the vampiress, the joker, and the _______?
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 23, 2008 11:37PM)
Bob's wife, and the Client.
Message: Posted by: Tanis (Jan 27, 2008 06:17AM)
Death, "to be dead to be trualy dead that must be wonderful"
So sad