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Vampira (1922–2008)

The original glamour ghoul herself, "Vampira", of late night 1950s television, was actually born Maila Syrjäniemi (later changed to the easier surname Nurmi) on December 11, 1922 in Petsamo, Finland. Her uncle was the multiple Olympic medal runner Paavo Nurmi. Maila arrived in the United States with her family as a baby and lived a rather nomadic ... See full bio »

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 2000 No Way In (Short)
Woman at Bar
 1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
Woman in Hotel Lobby (as Maila Nurmi)
 1996 Dry (Short)
Vanha nainen
 1986 Population: 1
Mother (uncredited)
 1962 The Magic Sword
The Hag / Sorceress (as Maila Nurmi)
 1960 Sex Kittens Go to College
Etta Toodie
 1960 I Passed for White
Girl Poet (uncredited)
 1959 The Big Operator
 1959 The Beat Generation
The Poetess
 1958 Too Much, Too Soon
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
 1956 Vampira (TV Series)
 1956 Vampira Returns (TV Series)
 1954-1955 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Alice Kramden / Vampira
- Dial 'B' for Brush (1954) ... Vampira
 1954 The Vampira Show (TV Series)
- Rogue's Tavern (1954) ... Vampira
- Fear (1954) ... Vampira
 1952 My Hero (TV Series)
- Lady Mortician (1952) ... Letitia
 1948 Romance on the High Seas
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
 1947 If Winter Comes
Guest (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Makeup Department (1 credit)
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1954: Rose to fame as a TV hostess for ABC when she create the Vampira persona. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Portrayals | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Maila Syrjaniemi Nurmi | Maila Nurmi


5' 6½" (1.69 m)

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[on Edward D. Wood Jr.] I just thought he was a low-born idiot. With no talent at all. Just a brazen, foolish idiot... You know, I thought he was just a goon. Ah, I wasn't looking squarely... I just cast a glance, and just dismissed him with a thought. Kind of snobbish and foolish of me. But then over the years as I've mellowed and grown a little more sensible, and I began to look at this man ... See more »


As a cast member, she attended the original premiere of Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). She did not get a chance to actually sit down and see the film. She claimed that she did not actually see the entire film until 1980. See more »


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