Maila Nurmi aka TV host Vampira was an impressive if shadowy figure in television history with a stack of double entendre that impressed Mae West and a take-charge attitude that few women in the entertainment business of her era exhibited. For all of that, however, there was so much about this impressive woman we did not know. All of that will soon change with a new biography titled Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi.
Written by Nurmi’s niece, Sandra Niemi, the books synopsis reads:
Maila Nurmi, the beautiful and sheltered daughter of Finnish immigrants, stepped off the bus in 1941 Los Angeles intent on finding fame and fortune. She found men eager to take advantage of her innocence and beauty but was determined to find success and love. Her inspired design and portrayal of a vampire won a costume contest that lead to a small role on the Red Skelton show which grew into a persona that brought her the notoriety she desired yet trapped her in a character she could never truly escape.
This is Malia’s story. Her diaries, notes, and ephemera and family stories bring new insights to her relationships with Orson Welles, James Dean, and Marlon Brando. Sandra Niemi―Maila’s niece―fills in the nuances of her life prior to fame and her struggles after the limelight faded and she found a new community within the burgeoning Los Angeles punk scene who embraced her as their own.
Long before Morticia Addams and Lily Munster graced the small screen, Nurmi was the picture of Gothic beauty, creating her look from several sources, including Charles Addams’ famed Addams Family comic strip.
In a recent review by the LA Times, columnist Scott Bradfield called Glamour Ghoul, “an absorbing, cleanly written and charming portrait of a woman and the Hollywood she clearly loved.”
Published by Feral House, the 400-page book which includes rare photos of the actress is set for release on January 19, 2021, and will be a must-read for horror fans!
Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi is available for pre-order by CLICKING HERE.