Maila Nurmi (1922–2008)


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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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Vampira Vampira
(1956)
(1957)
Vampira Returns Vampira
(1956)
(1954-1955)

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)
 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 Fright Night (TV Series)
Vampira (1958)
 1958 Too Much, Too Soon
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Vampira
- The Jet-Propelled Couch (1957) ... Vampira (as Vampira)
 1957 Plan 9 from Outer Space
Vampire Girl (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)
 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 (21 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)

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Other Works:

Hostess on ABC-TV (as "Vampira") for showings of "B" horror movies. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Maila Syrjaniemi Nurmi | Vampira

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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 after... See more »

Trivia:

Posthumously inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame in 2011, as her character Vampira. See more »

Trademark:

Sparkling blue eyes See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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