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Cassandra Peterson

Cassandra Peterson
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Cassandra Peterson Biography

Cassandra Peterson, Elvira's alter ego, was born in Manhattan, Kansas and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She remembers always being a fan of Ann-Margret. Since Cassandra saw her in "Viva las Vegas" she wanted to be a dancer. Just days after graduating from high school, Cassandra went to Vegas where, at the age of 17, she became the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history. When Elvis Presley saw her perform he encouraged her to pursue a singing career. Going to Europe, Cassandra toured extensively as lead singer for an Italian rock band. She settled in Rome, where she became fluent in Italian. Here Cassandra met Federico Fellini, who cast her in his classic film, "Fellini's Roma". Returning to the USA Cassandra formed her own nightclub review, "Mama's Boys", which toured the national club circuit. In the late 70's, she joined the satiric improvisational troupe, The Groundlings, which also produced such actors as Pee Wee Herman. There she honed her now renowned comedic skills as both a writer and performer. Film and television appearances such as "Cheech And Chong's Next Movie" and others followed, but Cassandra was just the typical struggling actress and spent years wondering where her next meal was coming from. It was the fall of 1981, with the birth of her character, Elvira, that it all changed. While she has since played herself in many film and television shows Cassandra Peterson ultimately combines her numerous talents into an intriguing persona which has not only become a Halloween icon, but a "vamp" for all seasons.

Cassandra Peterson Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2001 Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival Won
1990 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988). Nominated
1989 Razzie Awards Worst Actress Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988). Nominated

Cassandra Peterson Trivia

  • Big fan of Vincent Price, Roger Corman and Edward D. Wood Jr.
  • Close friend of Vincent Price
  • Strong supporter of gay rights
  • Sometimes credited as "Cassandra Petersen"
  • First woman who did a music video in 3D ("Superstition")
  • Favourite movies: _Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)_ and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)
  • #1 of Sci-Fi's Sexiest B-Queens, by Femme Fatales magazine [1997]
  • Owns a production company in Los Angeles called Queen B Productions. She merchandises Elvira products.
  • Pentagon named a Stealth computer system "Elvira" inspired by her.
  • Strong supporter of animal rights
  • Attended Palmer High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado; graduated in class of 1966.
  • Once was a complete vegetarian, now eats dairy plus chicken and fish.
  • Daughter, Sadie born. [1991]
  • In 2002, she licensed the name and likeness of "Elvira" to International Game Technologies for use in an Elvira-themed video slot machine.
  • In 1996, she licensed the "Elvira" name and likeness to Midway Manufacturing (a division of WMS Gaming) for the "Scared Stiff" pinball game.
  • Measurements: 34-21-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Has hosted the Halloween themed Knott's Scary Farm amusement park in Buena Park, California from 1982 - 2001.
  • Was scalded by boiling water when she was five years old. Underwent seventeen skin grafting operations over the course of her childhood to repair the scar tissue. Now covers some of her remaining scars (around neck and shoulders) with make-up or clothing.
  • Is a natural redhead.
  • Although she has appeared in nude layouts, she has never appeared nude as the Elvira character.


Cassandra Peterson Photos

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    "Frankenweenie" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    28th Annual Saturn Awards - Arrivals

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    The Lord Of The Rings - The Return Of The King - Movie Premiere

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    "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    2005 Fall Hollywood Collectors Show

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    2003 Hollywood Collectors Show

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