Maila Nurmi, Vampira, who starred in Ed WoodsPlan Nine From Outer Space, among others, died last week; she was 86. Nurmi, who modeled her character of Vampira on Charles Addams’ Morticia, was in turn the inspiration for Elvira. Nurmi hosted horror films on TV in LA in the 50’s and was a true camp queen.

I raise my flask and lower my fake lashes, and drink to you, Maila. I say we all wear long, black, slinky, low-cut clothes this week. Now where did I put that push-up bra?

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