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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

Vampira Vampira
(1956)
(1959)
(1954-1955)
Playhouse 90 Vampira
(1957)

Filmography

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 1995-2018 Horror Kung-Fu Theatre (TV Series)
Vampira
- 'In Memorial' Monrovia. (2018) ... Vampira
- Honorary Cast Members of HKFT (1995) ... Vampira
 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)
 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 Plan 9 from Outer Space
Vampire Girl (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)
 1954-1955 The Vampira Show (TV Series)
Vampira
- Woman Who Came Back (1955) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
- Strangler of the Swamp (1955) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
- Detour (1955) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
- The Glass Alibi (1955) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
- Larceny in Her Heart (1955) ... 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 (3 credits)
Show Show Self (17 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 »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Maila Syrjaniemi Nurmi | Vampira

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Elvis Presley] I had never seen someone boldly standing on a stage - supposedly a heterosexual male - wearing turquoise eye shadow and grinding his hips like that. See more »

Trivia:

During the making of Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), she would put on her Vampira makeup and costume at home and then take a bus to the Quality Studios soundstage where her scenes were filmed. See more »

Trademark:

Seductive deep voice See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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