This Day in Halloween: Maila Nurmi, a.k.a. Vampira is born in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1922. / Illustration by Madison Kemp
Maila Nurmi, a.k.a.Vampira is born in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1922. The Finnish-American actress is known primarily as the first host of horror movies on TV with The Vampira Show on Los Angeles station KABC in 1954. Her character is not only the prototype of the Elvira, Mistress of The Dark character, but also Maleficent, the evil witch of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. She also appeared in character in the infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space. She died in 2008.