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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 September 1951Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Nickname The Mistress of the Dark
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 part 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 2011 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 hairdo.
Seductive deep voice
Strawberry blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous, buxom figure
Double entendre sense of humor

Trivia (22)

Close friends with Vincent Price.
Is a strong supporter of gay rights and animal rights.
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 in 1969.
Once was a complete vegetarian, now eats dairy plus chicken and fish.
Former member of the improvisational comedy group The Groundlings.
In 2002, she licensed the name and likeness of "Elvira" to International Game Technologies for use in an Elvira-themed video slot machine.
In 1996, she licensed the "Elvira" name and likeness to Midway Manufacturing (a division of WMS Gaming) for the "Scared Stiff" pinball game.
Has hosted the Halloween themed Knott's Scary Farm amusement park in Buena Park, California, from 1982 - 2001.
Was scalded by boiling water when she was five years old. Underwent seventeen 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.
Although she has appeared in nude layouts, she has never appeared nude as the Elvira character.
Maila Nurmi, the original Vampira, unsuccessfully tried to sue Cassandra Peterson for stealing her act.
Inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame in 2012, as her character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Cassandra is the stripper in the background on the cover of Tom Waits' album "Small Change".
Has appeared with Cheech Marin in three films: Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980), Echo Park (1986) and Born in East L.A. (1987).
Auditioned for the role of Ginger Grant in the third Gilligan's Island (1964) television movie in 1981.
Has one daughter: Sadie Pierson (born 1991).

Personal Quotes (2)

[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.

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