Happy Birthday, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!

Cassandra Peterson was born today. You may know her as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, corny-joke-cracking hostess to Elvira’s Movie Macabre, ressurecting some of the wonderfully worst horror B films.

Also known as the Queen of Halloween, Elvira has been one of my heroes since the early 80s when she first appeared on television. Like her, I love horror movies and I used to want to be a horror movie host, just like my childhood hero, Bowman Body, the TV horror host of “Shock Theatre” in Richmond, Virginia.

I was lucky enough to meet Elvira in person, in her full costume, once. She was nice and is even more beautiful in person. I bought a life-sized poster of her and she autographed it for me. I wish I still had it!

Cassandra Peterson is publishing her autobiography,  “Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark” in just a few days, on September 21, 2021. Her life has been interesting and if you are a fan, like me, you may want a copy!  You can order it on Amazon.

Here’s a video of Elvira, doing what she does best! Here, she is hosting a legitimate documentary on the evolution of women’s roles in horror films. It’s so interesting. Enjoy!

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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