Broadcasters #32
Sex Education #95:
Maila Nurmi Dead at 86


Sad news opens this Saturday, for word has come of Maila Nurmi's passing at the age of 86. Time and tide came to know her best as Vampira, but throughout her long life she was many things: an intensely ravishing pin-up beauty, a Television pioneer (for KABC-TV in Los Angeles . . . back when local television in LA was something wondrous to behold), a Blacklistee, a Comedienne, a recidivist presence in documentaries on the life and work of the late Edward D. Wood, Jr, an Antique shop owner, an habituee of Googie's on Sunset and Crescent, a lover of many and, for those who did not know her, too few.

My Bright Lights Film Journal colleague C. Jerry Kutner has posted a brief and lovely tribute in fond remembrance of the woman who associated only with geniuses.

1 comment:

Vanwall said...

I've heard more than a few anecdotes about Nurmi - she must've been one helluva forbidden desire for a lot of people, unrequited or not. I actually prefer her pin-up work, like this one, to the whole Vampira persona.