Cassandra Peterson

Actress + Tv Hostess
Born Sep 17, 1951

Cassandra Peterson is an American actress best known for her on-screen horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, revealing, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance is offset by her comical character, quirky and quick-witted personality, and Valley girl-type speech.… Read More

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1951 Birth Born on September 17, 1951.


1969 17 Years Old She graduated from General William J. Palmer High School in 1969. … Read More
1971 19 Years Old She had a small role as a showgirl in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever and played a topless dancer in The Working Girls (1974).


1976 24 Years Old She also purportedly posed for the cover of Tom Waits's 1976 album Small Change. … Read More
1979 27 Years Old In 1979, she joined the Los Angeles-based improvisational troupe The Groundlings, where she created a Valley girl-type character upon whom the Elvira persona is largely based. … Read More
1981 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Peterson auditioned for the role of Ginger Grant for the third Gilligan's Island television movie in 1981, shortly before KHJ-TV offered her the horror-host position.


1982 30 Years Old Peterson also was a personality on Los Angeles radio station KROQ 106.7 from 1982 to 1983. … Read More
1988 36 Years Old …  Her popularity reached its zenith with the release of the feature film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, on whose script, written directly for the screen, Peterson collaborated with John Paragon and Sam Egan, and which was released in 1988.


2000 48 Years Old After several years of attempts to make a sequel to Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Cassandra and her manager and then-husband Mark Pierson decided to finance a second movie. In November 2000, Peterson wrote, again in collaboration with Paragon, and co-produced Elvira's Haunted Hills. … Read More


2008 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In a 2008 interview, Peterson claimed that she lost her virginity to Tom Jones and needed stitches due to him being an aggressive lover.
2011 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Peterson grew up near Randolph, until the area was flooded to create Tuttle Creek Reservoir; her family then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to a 2011 interview, Peterson states that as a child, while other girls were occupied with Barbie dolls, she was more fascinated by horror-themed toys. … Read More


2012 60 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2012 another series, also titled Mistress of the Dark, was announced for a 2013 debut to be written by R.H. Stavis and drawn by Jeff Zarnow. … Read More
2016 64 Years Old Whether Peterson had done any non-Elvira television work since the character became prominent was not known as of June 2016. … Read More
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