Look back at the leading ladies of the s who made their mark with iconic roles and some major hairstyles, too. See the gallery. Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Sign In. Maila Nurmi — Actress Writer Producer. Down this week. Her uncle was the multiple Olympic medal runner Paavo Nurmi. Maila arrived in the United States with her family as a baby and lived a rather nomadic
The Vampira Show was an American television show that broadcast vintage horror films presented by horror host Vampira. The weekly series was produced and created by Hunt Stromberg, Jr. Though the show was unseen outside of the Los Angeles area, The Vampira Show has become a cult classic , spawning fan clubs all over the world. As Nurmi told Boxoffice in a interview, she had dressed as Addams' at-the-time nameless ghoul-woman to attend Lester Horton 's annual Hollywood costume ball the Bal Caribe in
See the gallery. Title: Vampira: The Movie Video In her big break came when she played the "glamour ghoul" Vampira, who weekly wandered through a hallway of mist and cobwebs to greet her weekly viewers of obscure horror movies on a new medium called television. But Vampira's show was abruptly cancelled. But you can't keep a good vampire down and Nurmi's character rose from the dead again in 's Ed Wood, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.
The daughter of a Finnish immigrant, Nurmi was raised in Oregon and relocated to Los Angeles in with hopes of being an actress. After several minor film roles, she found success in the Vampira character, television's first horror host. After the show's cancellation, she appeared in the cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space , directed by Ed Wood. During her childhood, Nurmi relocated with her family from Massachusetts to Ashtabula, Ohio , before settling in Astoria, Oregon , a city on the Oregon Coast with a large Finnish community. She was reportedly fired in by Mae West  from the cast of West's Broadway play, Catherine Was Great , because West feared she was being upstaged. On Broadway, she gained much attention after appearing in the horror-themed midnight show Spook Scandals , in which she screamed, fainted, lay in a coffin, and seductively lurked about a mock cemetery. She also worked as a showgirl for the Earl Carroll Theatre and as a high-kicking chorus line dancer at the Florentine Gardens along with stripper Lili St. In the s, she supported herself mainly by posing for pin-up photos in men's magazines such as Famous Models , Gala and Glamorous Models. Before landing her role as 'Vampira', she was working as a hat-check girl in a cloakroom on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.