VAMPIRA = MAILA NURMI that is the actress who who played Vampire in the 1950s into the early 1960s. Vampira hosted a monster show out of San Diego, a Saturday night -- CREEPY CREATURE FEATURE or SCIENCE FICTION THRILLER type program. Her look had never been seen before on Television, the female vampire motifs caused a sensation... VAMPIRA was featured in many major USA magazines and newspaper articles.
After the curtain fell on her show, and the Vampire frenzy ebbed, NURMI's character from the late 1960s onward became a clut figure for monster magazines. Vampire type stories or actresses in revealing costumes became the new version of 1950s VAMPIRA.
It is obvious that NURMI a.ka. VAMPIRA influenced other Macabre tv characters such as Morticia of the "Adams Family" and Elvira - "Mistress of the Dark."
According to the press, Nurmi - the actress who played- VAMPIRA was a self avowed witch. Was that a true or false? As in, did Nurmi really tell a reporter or reporters that she was conjurer or did the press get their story wrong.
According to Nurmin in some of her film/video interviews the lady who played VAMPIRA attested that she was a witch. Judging by the interview that are on this page, Nurmi is probably telling the truth.
One thing that stands out about Nurmi, in all of her video - interviews on this page --- she does have a come across as having a very hard edge. It seems an evil veneer projected from her as she got older.
Note how she comes across in her conversations with the broadcaster. It is as if, she a steeled occultist personality. Or there is a demonic energy about her.
Observe how the actress who played the original VAMPIRA chooses her words, notice the look from her eyes, her body movement. It seems Nurmi was an actress who did not have to act when she played VAMPIRA . Norma played her self or toned down who she really was when she was before the camera playing the ICON VAMPIRA.
Depending on the source NURMIS during her Vampire days was friend or the lover of the actor JAMES DEAN, who died in 1955 in a horrific car accident.
Dean had said that he did know NURMI and his knowledge of the occult was vast but found VAMPIRA - NURMI's to be not on his level.
Enjoy the VAMPIRA page and what do you think, was this woman a occultist with energy? A NORMA DESMOND type of witch?