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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)
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Other Works:

On Broadway, as Maila Niemi, in Mae West's "Catherine Was Great" (1944). 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


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[on the film Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)] At the time, I thought it was horrible. I knew immediately I'd be committing professional suicide, but I thought "What choice do I have?". Somehow, I seemed to be dead already. I love glamour and physical beauty. I've always been fascinated by beautiful men on the screen: Tyrone Power, Robert Walker, with soft-focus filters and velvet voices. That's ... See more »


In 1958, singer Bobby Bare recorded a rock 'n' roll song about her entitled "Vampira". See more »


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