Vampira, The First Horror Host: Her Short, Frustrating Story

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source: IMDB

TV horror host Vampira's 1955 show Dig Me Later, Vampira was groundbreaking, though the actress (born Maila Nurmi) is more commonly known for Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). In Ed Wood's schlocky sci-fi B-movie about aliens attacking the Earth with reanimated corpses (or something like that), the only real standout performance is that of Vampira, whose impossibly small waist, crooked fingernails, and jet black hair gave her an otherworldly appearance that goth girls are still replicating.