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Also Known As: Maila Nurmi Died: January 10, 2008
Born: December 11, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Finland Profession: actor

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Born Maila Nurmi (a name she has used professionally at times), this tall, Finnish-born cult figure is best known as Vampira, the ghoulish, wasp-waisted personality who appeared in a number of features. Vampira, she of the deadened staring eyes, tight-fitting funereal garb, and white pancake makeup, became involved in the "Beat" scene in the mid-1950s. A friend in this bohemian circuit was no less than James Dean, and after his death, Vampira published a piece claiming that she was in "telephonic" contact with his ghost (this despite the fact that her own telephone was disconnected). Eventually, she had to move out of her home because of the flood of Dean fans who kept bothering her.

Born Maila Nurmi (a name she has used professionally at times), this tall, Finnish-born cult figure is best known as Vampira, the ghoulish, wasp-waisted personality who appeared in a number of features. Vampira, she of the deadened staring eyes, tight-fitting funereal garb, and white pancake makeup, became involved in the "Beat" scene in the mid-1950s. A friend in this bohemian circuit was no less than James Dean, and after his death, Vampira published a piece claiming that she was in "telephonic" contact with his ghost (this despite the fact that her own telephone was disconnected). Eventually, she had to move out of her home because of the flood of Dean fans who kept bothering her.

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3.
 The Magic Sword (1962)
4.
 The Magic Sword (1962) Hag/intruder
5.
 Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) Etta Toodie
6.
 I Passed for White (1960) Girl poet
7.
 Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) Vampire girl
8.
 The Beat Generation (1959) The Poetess
9.
 The Big Operator (1959) Gina
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1938:
Moved to US (date approximate)
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First professional job, chorus girl in a musical starring Mae West
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Moved to L.A.
1956:
Earliest feature appearances included her role in the cult film, "Plan 9 from Outer Space"
:
Claimed that she was in telephonic contact with the late James Dean, who had been a friend of hers; her residence attracted so many people that she eventually had to move out
1959:
Played in several non-horror films including "The Beat Generation" and "The Big Operator"
1962:
Later feature film roles included a part in the fantasy film, "The Magic Sword"
1994:
Was played by Lisa Marie (a.k.a. Lisa Marie Smith) in the feature biopic, "Ed Wood"
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Notes

Subject of the 1996 doucmentary, "Vampira: About Sex, Death, and Taxes" written, produced and directed by Mika J. Rapatti

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