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This one is sure to petrify!
If there is one woman who recognized the importance of standing out from the crowd, it’s Maila Nurmi [December 11, 1922 – January 10, 2008], or as most people would recognize her, the legendary Vampira. The first time i really knowingly spotted her was- i guess- like 4 or 5 years ago. I'm pretty sure her images are known all around the world because of her magnificent looks and pioneeric (is that a word?) day of dressing. Also her dramatic appearance and the iconic gesticulation.

Leaving Finland at the age of two, Maila would move with her family to the United States of America. After high school, she quickly gathered up her possessions and moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of the dream!
The blonde knock-out with razor-sharp cheek bones would soon be working with the likes of art legends Man Ray, Alberto Vargas,   and Bernard of Hollywood
Then in 1951  upon attending the Bal Caribe Masquerade as Charles Addams’ cartoon character fromThe New Yorker, Morticia Addams, Maila would catch the attention of a local television executive searching for a new star.







On April 30, 1954 on KABC-TV at 11pm Dig Me Later, Vampira aired followed by The Vampira Show the very next night. From that night on, the legend of Vampira was in full swing inching its way up the time slots, and creating from scratch an entire sub genre of Horror-Hosts on television!
In the early 1950s, Nurmi was close friends with James Dean and they spent time together at Googie's coffee shop on the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard. She explained their friendship by saying, "We have the same neuroses."





Dean allegedly repudiated their friendship toward the end of his brief life. As Headar Hopper related in a 1962 memoir that included a chapter on Dean: "We discussed the thin-cheeked actress who calls herself Vampira on television (and cashed in, after Jimmy died, on the publicity she got from knowing him and claimed she could talk to him 'through the veil').
 He said: 'I had studied The Golden Bough and the Marquis de Sade, and I was interested in finding out if this girl was obsessed by a satanic force. She knew absolutely nothing. I found her void of any true interest except her Vampira make-up. She has no absolute.
well i can't really see why Dean would say such a thing but i guess i know nothing about Maila exempt the facts one finds online and in Interviews. This one for example it nice:
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