The original horror host and famous friend of James Dean has passed away at age 86. An original, charming, eccentric, and imaginative woman, her death is noted with sadness by many people.
Her Vampira, the inspiration for Cassandra Petersen's "Elvira", was itself inspired by Charles Addams' Morticia. But Nurmi took the image and made it her own, making Vampira the coolest, and sexiest, ghoulette ever seen.
Here's a link to an ABC news video about Maila Nurmi and Vampira from several years ago, celebrating her 78th birthday:
An interview with Maila Nurmi:
Click on the photo below to read more about Maila Nurmi's life and career:
A wonderful entry on her life can be found here at the Wonderful Wonderblog site.