Cassandra Peterson
Actress, TV hostess
Cassandra Peterson
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.
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Horror Icon Elvira Marries Boy And Ghoul
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Stan Lee’s Comikaze cosplay: Thor, Loki, Disney, Batman and more
LATimes - over 3 years
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15 Classic TV & Movie Characters That Make Stylish Halloween Costumes (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What better excuse there is to dress up as your favorite TV or movie character than Halloween? Sure, there will inevitably be those super creative party-goers posted up at the bar wearing clever costumes like these, but there's nothing wrong with recreating (for the millionth time) Marilyn Monroe's all-white ensemble from "The Seven Year Itch." The late blonde actress' iconic style moment on the big screen is just one of many looks we'll never grow tired of seeing. So if you're feeling nostalgic like we are, below are 15 classic TV and movie characters that make stylish Halloween costumes. William Shatner as Captain Kirk in "Star Trek" For the hunk who prefers not to freeze his butt off, the commander's mock turtleneck shirt is the way to go. Rita Hayworth as "Gilda" Finally, a reason to recycle your prom dress or bridesmaid gown. Just slip on a pair of long gloves, style your hair into sophisticated '40s waves and you're ready, darling. Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in ...
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Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' casts 'Elvira' Cassandra Peterson - Digital Spy
Google News - over 5 years
Peterson, known for playing horror icon Elvira, will appear in a special Halloween edition of the series, according to TV Line. Allen's character Mike will run into Peterson at the home of his friend Ed (Héctor Elizondo)
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TVLine Items: Seinfeld Vet to Harry's Law, Tim Allen Meets Elvira, Y&R Star to ... - TVLine
Google News - over 5 years
TVLine has learned exclusively that Cassandra Peterson (aka the one and only Elvira) will guest star on the Halloween installment of ABC's new fall comedy, Last Man Standing. Tim Allen's character will run into the horror hostess at the home of Hector
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Image Entertainment's Midnight Madness Line-Up - HorrorMovies.ca
Google News - over 5 years
Cassandra Peterson stars in this sexy comedy hit, filled with campy chaos and scary spoofs, all poured into the lowest-cut black gown in horror movie history! Blu-ray™ debut! A group of fraternity pledges search the seedy side of the city for
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Image Entertainment re-releases 1980s horror classics in their Midnight ... - Shockya.com
Google News - over 5 years
Cassandra Peterson stars in this sexy comedy hit, filled with campy chaos and scary spoofs, all poured into the lowest-cut black gown in horror movie history! Horror master Clive Barker wrote and directed this seminal 1987 nightmare classic,
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Births: Week of Aug. 11 - Princeton Union Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
A son, Henrik Eugene Thronson, was born June 22, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to Brent Thronson and Cassandra Peterson of Princeton. Grandparents are Eugene Thronson of Princeton, Wendy Thronson of Elk River and Donald and Laurie Peterson of
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Magic Valley Commuters Frustrated By Construction Delays, Detours and Poor ... - Twin Falls Times-News
Google News - over 5 years
"The construction crews have done a good job of putting up signs so you know to get over, but you still get those people that race by at 60 mph and expect you to let them in," said Cassandra Peterson of Hagerman, who commutes through the US Highway 93
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video vault - Yes! Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
ELVIRA'S MOVIE MACABRE (Entertainment One): The “Mistress of the Dark” (AKA Cassandra Peterson) lends her buxom, bawdy charms as hostess for a pair of DVD doublefeatures: Night of the Living Dead (1968) and I Eat Your Skin (1964); The Satanic Rites of
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Mistress of the Dark Returns - Home Media Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
While some may have thought Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, was resting peacefully in a coffin, Cassandra Peterson — the woman who has played the quick-witted, buxom vixen for 30 years — was busy keeping her empire alive. “This is a business that I
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New on DVD | Horrors from Kansas' own Elvira - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
Elvira (known as Cassandra Peterson when she was growing up in Manhattan, Kan.) has two new DVDS of her movie show. For three decades, Kansas native Cassandra Peterson has been helping desperate insomniacs laugh through some of the most
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INTERVIEW: Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira - Big Shiny Robot!
Google News - over 5 years
Elvira's Movie Macabre is back on television after a 20 plus year hiatus. The Mistress of the dark has had a long career spanning music, and film, but she has returned to her true love, hosting b-movies for the raving hoards of gore hounds across the
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Phoenix Comicon Growls, Grrrs And Entertains - Modern Times Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Sure, there were the big dogs like Stan Lee, Leonard Nimoy, Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) and George Takei, but some of the best moments came in finding a new, unexpected and thoroughly entertaining event just beyond a meeting room door
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cassandra Peterson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 64
    Whether Peterson had done any non-Elvira television work since the character became prominent was not known as of June 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Peterson briefly dated Elvis Presley when she was 17.
  • 2012
    Age 60
    In 2012, Peterson became an investor in Comikaze Entertainment Inc., which hosts Comikaze Expo, one of the largest pop culture conventions in the United States.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a number of Elvira-themed computer games were produced: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Elvira 2: The Jaws of Cerberus, and Elvira: The Arcade Game. Two Elvira-themed pinball machines were produced by Bally/Midway: Elvira and the Party Monsters in 1989 and Scared Stiff in 1996. In the early 1990s, Peterson began a series of successful Elvira calendars featuring characteristically provocative and campy poses in various macabre settings. One calendar photo is seen throughout the video game Blood.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    She and fellow investor Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee were guests of honor at the inaugural Comikaze Expo in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Comikaze CEO Regina Carpinelli refers to Peterson as the "Mistress of the Board." Peterson has also acted out non-Elvira roles in many other films, most notably Pee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985 alongside friend and fellow Groundling Paul Reubens, who starred as his Pee-wee Herman character, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, also released in 1985, which starred Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone, and All About Evil, as a mother named Linda, who says not to go to the old theater to watch scary movies.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During her teens, Peterson worked as a go-go dancer in a local gay bar.
  • 2008
    Age 56
    She also performed on a track called "Zombie Killer" for the band Leslie and the Ly's, released in February 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The music video for the track features Leslie & The Ly's performing to a sold out audience of zombies in a fictional venue called "Elvira Stadium." A 7" single was released. In the mid-1990s, Cassandra Peterson enlisted female impersonators Christian Greenia (Cassandra Fever) from Los Angeles, California, and Patterson Lundquist ("Elvira's Twin") from Atlanta, Georgia as her "official Elvira impersonators", calling them "the best she'd ever seen." They later appeared with her as co-judges on The Search for the Next Elvira. The first official female Elvira impersonator, April Wahlin, the winner of The Search for the Next Elvira, was passed the crown on October 31, 2007. As the winner of the reality show, Wahlin made a few appearances during her one-year "reign" from October 31, 2007 to October 31, 2008. Greenia and Lundquist continue to appear as Elvira for various events across the country.
    In a 2008 interview, Peterson claimed that she lost her virginity to Tom Jones and needed stitches due to him being an aggressive lover.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film was shot in Romania for just under one million dollars. With little budget left for promotion, Cassandra and Mark screened the film at AIDS charity fund raisers across America. For many people in attendance, this was their first opportunity to see the woman behind the Elvira character. On July 5, 2002, Elvira's Haunted Hills had its official premiere in Hollywood. Elvira arrived at the premiere in her Macabre Mobile. The film would later be screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. In September 2010, Elvira's Movie Macabre returned to television syndication in the U.S., this time with public-domain films. In October 2014, it was revealed that a new series of thirteen episodes had been produced, 13 Nights of Elvira for Hulu. The show began on October 19, 2014, running through to Halloween. In 1985, Elvira began hosting a home video series called ThrillerVideo, a division of International Video Entertainment (I.V.E.). Many of these films were hand-selected by Peterson. Choosing to stay away from the more explicit cannibal, slasher and zombie films of the time, these were generally tamer films such as The Monster Club and Dan Curtis television films, as well as many episodes of the Hammer House of Horror television series. Since she had refused to host Make Them Die Slowly, Seven Doors of Death, and Buried Alive, however, the videos were released on the ThrillerVideo label without Elvira's appearance as hostess.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 30
    Peterson also was a personality on Los Angeles radio station KROQ 106.7 from 1982 to 1983.
    More Details Hide Details In the late spring of 1981, six years after the death of Larry Vincent, who starred as host Sinister Seymour of a Los Angeles weekend horror show called Fright Night, show producers began to bring the show back. The producers decided to use a female host. They asked 1950s horror hostess Maila Nurmi to revive The Vampira Show. Nurmi worked on the project for a short time, but quit when the producers would not hire Lola Falana to play Vampira. The station sent out a casting call, and Peterson auditioned and won the role. Producers left it up to her to create the role's image. She and her best friend, Robert Redding, came up with the sexy punk/vampire look after producers rejected her original idea to look like Sharon Tate's character in The Fearless Vampire Killers, Or--Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are In My Neck.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 29
    She married her personal manager, Mark Pierson, in 1981. They divorced in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Additional credits Peterson recorded several songs for her Elvira Halloween albums in the 1980s and 1990s:
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1970s, Peterson also modeled for several men's magazines, such as High Society, Man's Delight, and Modern Man.
  • 1976
    Age 24
    She also purportedly posed for the cover of Tom Waits's 1976 album Small Change.
    More Details Hide Details Peterson has since described it as "a giant mystery," claiming that while she has no memory of the event, the picture looks enough like her that she feels "pretty sure" that it is her. She is a vegetarian and has appeared in a humorous Halloween-themed ad for PETA, promoting a vegetarian diet. In the early 1970s, Peterson moved to Italy and became the lead singer of the Italian rock band I Latins Ochanats and The Snails. During this time she had a chance encounter with director Federico Fellini, which led to a small part in Roma (1972). Back in the United States she toured nightclubs and discos around the country with a musical/comedy act, Mammas Boys.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 19
    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).
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  • 1969
    Age 17
    She graduated from General William J. Palmer High School in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Days after graduating, she drove to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she became a showgirl in "Viva Les Girls" at The Dunes, where she met Elvis Presley.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on September 17, 1951.
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