Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Unpleasant Dreams

Do you recognize this woman?

How about now?

It's Maila Nurmi, better known as Vampira. Nurmi attended a costume party in 1953 dressed as Morticia Addams (though the character was unnamed at that time). Nurmi won first place and the attentions of a television producer that wanted her to host late night movies. So, Vampira was born. She caught the attention of many people and has many imitators to this day, but she may be best known for being in the worst film ever made: Plan 9 From Outer Space. Nurmi played an undead wife to Bela Legosi's character after Legosi's actual death. Ed Wood had promised Legosi that he could work with Vampira, and this was how he accomplished that. Yep.

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