The name Maila Nurmi may not ring any bells at first, but her alter-ego, Vampira, was nothing short of a belle from hell! Read on for 8 little known facts about this Gothic goddess!
1. Back in the early days Maila Nurmi worked as an actor, a model, and a dancer.
2. Her dark side was very apparent early on. She performed in a horror show known as “Spook Scandals,” where as part of her act she rose from a coffin; a very early Vampira was taking shape.
3. Maila was a beautiful blonde. She modeled as a centerfold and to some fans is quite unrecognizable from her Vampira persona.
4. In 1953 she was discovered at a Halloween party thrown by choreographer Lester Horton. Maila turned up with long black hair and a black cocktail dress. She was picked up by Hunt Stromberg, Jr., an LA producer who wanted to use her for a TV show. Vampira was born.