Friday, January 11, 2008

Goodnight Maila....



















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It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Maila Nurmi, better known as Vampira. She died in her home , of natural causes , yesterday at the age of 86.

Maila was the first full on over the top Vampire Hostess to stalk the silver screen, back in the 1950's. Maila INVENTED full on over the top, living and loving it in a Haunted House Wehoooooo! Or perhaps, she was just the first one of us to know that creepy, dark , slinky , curvy and beautiful had as much of a place on television as anyone from Ozzie and Harriet to Leave it to Beaver ( the shows at the time ) or as any blonde fresh faced sitcom today.

Like many dark dreamers, Maila was inspired by Charles Addams cartoon Diva, Morticia. When I was growing up, there were kids who wanted to be one of the Brady Bunch , the Dukes of Hazzard or the Bionic Women. Then there were those of us who eagerly awaited re-runs of the Addams Family ( or the Munsters ) and dreamed of growing up and being Morticia , with a meat eating killer plant .

Long, long before Motricia and Cleopatra, there was Maila and her pet spider Rollo.

From her first preview episode ( Dig Me, Vampira ) and on through the next 52 shows, Maila, as Vampira introduced horror films, wandering through misty cobweb covered halls, making television history. She was Americas first Horror Show Hostess.
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I was interviewed for a documentary called American Scary last year, ( as was Maila ) filled with a who's who of American Horror TV Hosting personalities, but Maila Nurmi was truly the Queen. We all owe her so much. She was the first, to have the same vision, of what beautiful could be..

Where ever there are bats, spiders, cobwebs, magic , strange sounds coming from the attic, or screams from the graveyard, where no one is ever dead for long, you will find Miala Nurmi. Even if you have never heard of her, or seen her work, you will know her.

And I will be there too , my darlinGs...Carrying on showing you how beautiful the night can be.

Miala, we will miss you.

And see you in our dreams.

Love, Malena

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Dave Alexander recently conducted an interview with Maila ( very likely her last ) for Rue Morgue. It will be published, along with a memorial, in their next issue.

16 Comments:

At 6:47 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

She had a store, in her home on Melrose Ave, in LA., called Vampire's Attic. I wish I had known that.

Here is all that is left on her site:

http://www.vampirasattic.com

I wish I had known her, or even talked to her once. Or known more about her. I think she would have been worth knowing. think she still is. I think I will write her a song.

Elle sera manquée.

( She will be missed. )

 
At 7:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was JUST reading about Maila on Wikipedia a couple of days ago! (After watching Ed Wood for the HUNDRETH time.)

I wanted to know more about all of the "characters" that befriended Ed Wood, the man. People like Bunny Breckenridge and Tor Johnson. Some of these folks have lengthy info at Wiki, and some do not, like Paul Marco.

But Maila...I found her story and information fascinating, and now she is gone.

Rest in Peace you beautiful lady...

 
At 7:33 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

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WOW. Ok, ths is wierd. Or not, depending on if you think such things are normal or not.

I had the comment section up, while talking to Malena just now about Maila, and Venus jumped up and stood on the keyboard and typed the x's at the top,

Kid you not. Truth is stranger than fiction.

 
At 8:18 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

I am sorry to hear this news. She sounds like a brave and brilliant woman.

She will be missed.

 
At 9:37 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

She's gone but no forgotten. Thanks for this interesting post Miss Malena, Goth Goddess.

 
At 1:47 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

A woman after my heart.
Une grande dame.
She'll be missed indeed. Her shop must have been something like a paradise.

 
At 9:27 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

i can't believe that i didn't know that she had a shop and that we didn't go to visit her.
RIP, fine lady.
and Malena, i do believe that she gives you silent permission to be the heir to her throne.
and vixen, you are, there is no other!...
meanwhile kind Quiche has been babying me and letting me pick which SVU episode to watch and she brought me donuts AND it is snowing outside to boot. TOnight we will go to the Boiled in Lead concert--tomorrow i fly home to Batman. what a way to start the magical new year.
xox from Quiche's couch.

 
At 10:30 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

All is not lost in the darkness as long as we have Malena...Maila will live on in the night , in Malena , and in everyone who finds beauty in a Haunted House.

Freaky Venus approves of this Donut and Couch time. She thinks donuts are the coolest thing since she diiscovered how much fun shredding paper towels could be.

 
At 2:55 PM , Blogger LaM said...

Donuts? You evil fiends! I get boxing and you get donuts! it's not fair I tell you! Bavarian Creme filled with Chocolate icing! Eat one and think of me! Boiled in Lead? Dudettes, "you are killing me, man!" (insert angry cuban malena-mouse accent here)

 
At 3:14 PM , Blogger LaM said...

I will never eat Bavarian Creme without YOU, Malena, I have promised.

( Actually, after that last time in the studio with you , Adam and Bavarian Creme , I am un-certain I will EVER eat one again. Ugh. One goes into the studio with such pure intentions, food-wise....HA! )

 
At 11:47 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

C'est quoi un Bavarian Creme?

 
At 11:08 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It's a doughnut , like a pastry, with chocolate icing on it, and a sort of creme filling inside. Evil. Pure evil.

And we are unable to make cds without them.....

 
At 10:39 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

It's the shape: It's magic and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it...

 
At 10:59 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

It is true, the torus is magical.

 
At 11:00 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

...although, that said, I don't believe Bavarian Cremes are torus shaped.

 
At 6:11 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Mmmm.... Bavarian creme.... Goth-a-licious...

 

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