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Maila Nurmi (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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Known For

Plan 9 from Outer Space
(1959)
Vampira
Vampira Vampira
(1956)
Vampira Returns
Vampira Returns Vampira
(1956)

Filmography

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 2000 No Way In (Short)
Woman at Bar (as Vampira)
 1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
Woman in Hotel Lobby
 1996 Dry (Short)
Vanha nainen (as Vampira)
 1995 Horror Kung-Fu Theatre (TV Series)
Vampira
- Honorary Cast Members of HKFT (1995) ... Vampira
 1986 Population: 1
Mother (uncredited)
 1962 The Magic Sword
The Hag / Sorceress
 1960 Sex Kittens Go to College
Etta Toodie (as Vampira)
 1960 I Passed for White
Girl Poet (uncredited)
 1959 The Big Operator
Gina (as Vampira)
 1959 The Beat Generation
The Poetess (as Vampira)
 1958 Too Much, Too Soon
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Vampira
- The Jet-Propelled Couch (1957) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
 1956 Vampira (TV Series)
Vampira (as Vampira)
 1956 Vampira Returns (TV Series)
Vampira (as Vampira)
 1954 The Vampira Show (TV Series)
Vampira
- Dangerous Intruder (1954) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
- Rogue's Tavern (1954) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
- Fear (1954) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
- The Man with Two Lives (1954) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
- Strange Mr. Gregory (1954) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
 1954 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Vampira
- Dial 'B' for Brush (1954) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
 1952 My Hero (TV Series)
Letitia
- Lady Mortician (1952) ... Letitia (as Vampira)
 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)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (16 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (4 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (credited as Maila Niemi) in "Catherine Was Great". Also in cast: Mae West. 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 | Vampira

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on 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 what [Edward... See more »

Trivia:

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

Trademark:

Slim-waisted black dress See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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