Various sources are reporting Maila Nurmi has died of natural causes at the age of 86.
Nurmi is better known as Vampira, the raven-haired horror host of the 1950s who inspired countless successors including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Her svelte figure and gothic looks were unparalleled; in fact, director Ed Wood didn't change a thing about her appearance when he used her for his notorious sci-fi/horror bomb Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Nurmi passed away in her sleep several days ago. According to Metroblogging, her friends are seeking to find her a place in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
I count myself very lucky to have a beautiful self portrait she painted, it hangs over my Thomas Kuntz statue of her as a little shrine in my dining room
Rest In Peace Maila
A recipe for Vampira (as provided by Vampira herself):
2 oz. Theda Bara
2 oz. Morticia
3 oz. Norma Desmond
4 oz. Tallulah Bankhead
(the voice, dahling)
2 oz. Marilyn Monroe
(demons are a ghoul's best friend)
3 oz. Katherine Hepburn
2 oz. Bettie Davis
3 oz. Billie Burke
3 oz. Marlene Dietrich
8 oz. Bizarre pin-up
Add 3 lizard eggs, 2 mothballs and a glass eye from a pygmy. Shake
vigorously till steaming