Elvira. She’s the mistress of the dark. She doesn’t do what the good girls do. And she’s the girl with the enormous… ratings. Elvira came to life in 1981, and has been a staple in the entertainment world every Halloween since. She’s most famous for her gothic look, styling herself in black from head to toe. She has a mountain of black hair, wears a figure-hugging black dress with black nylons, and walks in sky high black heels. The costume shows off her long legs, narrow waist and ample cleavage.
Beneath all her heavy makeup, Elvira has a personality that’s to die for. While she loves all things macabre, she’s also a valley girl through and through. She enjoys a good roll in the hay, snacks on edible underwear, and has a soft spot for animals. Elvira is also quick-witted with her bawdy one-liners and double entendres. That’s why she’s been an enduring favorite for so many years. Whether you are a fan of her curves or a fan of her unique comedy, you are certain to be bloodthirsty to know more about this girl that offers both tricks and treats. So start the Halloween season off right, and discover the 15 things you never knew about Elvira. Unpleasant dreams…
15 Born In Manhattan
Elvira was born in Manhattan… Manhattan, Kansas, to be precise. Her family moved to Colorado after the area was flooded. Her parents owned a costume store, which was a dream come true for her. She enjoyed dressing up in the costumes, and even wore them to school – which scared the other kids. She won a costume contest in second grade when she dressed up as "Miss Kitty" from Gunsmoke.
14 Naturally A Redhead
Who knew that Elvira is a natural redhead? It’s a total surprise given the fact that she dresses up with jet black hair which contrasts with her ultra-pale skin. Her dramatic makeup hides classically beautiful features, like pink cheeks, a slight smattering of cute freckles, and wide, thin lips. It takes Elvira 90 minutes to get in character from head to toe.
Elvira evolved over time. Initially, she resembled a ghost when she auditioned to be a horror hostess. However, the look wasn’t received well so she tried to be a vampire vixen – which totally worked. Her slinky black dress, cleavage and shocking makeup were a big hit. Elvira didn’t think that network TV would approve her edgy look, but when it came time for input, all they asked her to do was make the slit in her dress higher. As for her hair, it was inspired by the 60s girl group "The Ronettes." Elvira’s personality was as a result of trying to make herself stand out during auditions. While other actresses spoke with exaggerated Transylvanian accents and tried to scare audiences, Elvira inserted humor and double-talk into her act.
13 Burn Victim
12 Real Name Is Cassandra Peterson
11 Las Vegas Showgirl
Elvira first danced professionally at a gay club as a go-go dancer in high school. Then, she got her big break when she became a Las Vegas showgirl. She grew up dancing, and even learned how to shake nipple tassels at the age of 14. So, it was only fitting that just days after she graduated from high school, she left home for Vegas. She was just 17 at the time, and nabbed a spot as a dancer at The Dunes in the show “Viva Les Girls.” Her parents actually had to sign papers allowing her to perform since she was underage. Elvira holds the title of being the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history. Her first film role was one in which she played a dancer, in the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever.
10 Dated Elvis
Elvira is one of the women that briefly dated Elvis. The two met when she was living in Las Vegas, and had a short lived romance. According to her, she was a big groupie and dating Elvis was a dream come true. In fact, it was Elvis who encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a singer. According to Elvira, “He is 100 percent responsible for me getting out of Vegas and going on with my career. Elvis said to me, ‘You don’t want to stay here, this is not a town you should be in.’ And I don’t think if that would’ve come from anybody but Elvis I would’ve done it.”
9 Modeled For Several Adult Magazines
8 Elvira In 3D
7 Friends With Pee-Wee Herman
Elvira was part of the improv group "The Groundlings" in L.A. She worked alongside future stars like Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Pee-Wee Herman. She even appeared in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure as a biker chick. And if you look carefully at the magic shop in the movie, you’ll see a picture of Elvira at the front entrance. When she made her own movie, she wrote parts in it for her friends from the group. Unfortunately, Hartman and Pee-Wee were unable to appear due to scheduling conflicts. But believe it or not, she’s still tight with Pee-Wee.
6 Commercial Work
When Elvira wasn’t hosting movies or making appearances, she was a hot commodity in commercials. She sold Coors Light, and informed us that it was the official beer of Halloween. Elvira did this while filming at “Mali-boo Beach.” She partied with Frankenstein, a mummy and other ghouls. The best part was when beer distributors displayed life-sized cardboard cut-outs of her in all her vampy hotness. Elvira also sold Mug root beer on television. She promoted a sweepstakes where customers could enter for a chance to win a night with her at the Universal Studios Bates Motel. Elvira even had a gig with Blockbuster, and urged fans to “make it a Blockbuster night.”
5 There Are Two Elvira Movies
Elvira starred in her first movie which was aptly titled Elvira, Mistress of the Dark in 1988. Elvira was one of the writers of the comedy-horror film. The premise was that Elvira was a horror hostess who moves to an uptight New England town to claim an inheritance from her aunt. Along the way, she draws the ire of conservatives, befriends a bunch of rowdy teenagers, and discovers that she is a descendant of a powerful witch. It’s campy fun, and is filled with lots of bawdy one-liners – not mention plenty of Elvira’s assets. Unfortunately, the film was not a success as parents’ groups targeted it for being tasteless.
4 The Simpsons Spoofed Her
3 She Has An Empire
Most fans these days are only aware of Elvira’s movies. However, she created an empire. Elvira had her own line of beer, her own fragrance called “Evil” and her own pinball machine. She sold makeup, and licensed her name and likeness for costumes. The Elvira costume is said to be the highest selling female costume of all time. D.C. Comics gave Elvira her own line of comics, and she appeared in such classics as Elvira’s House of Mystery and Elvira’s Haunted Holiday. There were even Elvira-themed rides.
2 She Had A Reality Show
In 2007, Elvira jumped on the reality show bandwagon and was the star of her own show. It aired on Fox Reality channel, and was called The Search for the Next Elvira. The premise of the show was that she was looking for a lady to impersonate her at events – not because she was retiring. She said, "I do so many appearances every year at Halloween time that there is no way that I can do them all or even a fraction of them, so I take the top 10 gigs that I can make it to and all these other great gigs go begging. I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there were tons of Elviras that we could clone and send out and then take a percentage of their money?’"
1 She’s Now A Senior Citizen
Elvira was born in 1951, which makes her 65 years old. It’s hard to believe, since she still has her valley girl spunk - not to mention a killer body. She must’ve made a deal with the devil, because her face is virtually wrinkle-free, her chest is still plump, and her body is taut as ever. She said that the only thing that has changed about her over the years is her hair. Nowadays it isn’t as big or tall as it was in the 80s. Elvira has maintained her physique by being a sometime vegetarian and exercising 30 minutes a day. According to her, nothing scares her except retiring!
Sources: HuffingtonPost, GeekTyrant, Hollywood
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