This article is for all those horror movie fans and pop culture nuts out there.
Though she predates many of our births, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, left a permanent mark on horror movie culture in the United States and the world.
Born Cassandra Peterson, Elvira hosted a curated movie program called Elvira’s Movie Macabre.
She would show classic B movie horror flix while Cassandra played the Elvira character and gave commentary and opinions on the films. She would come to be well known and loved as the first and only Horror Hostess.
The character would land Cassandra a feature film entitled Elvira: Mistress of the Dark in 1988, which has a cult-classic status for its wit and intentional camp vibes.
Movies featured on the KHJ-TV program include The Werewolf of Washington, Dracula, and Santa Claus Conquers The Martians.
Yes, that last one is real. Go give it a watch. Elvira’s Movie Macabre contained a mix of cringe-inducing bad and charmingly campy good films.
Either way, Elvira made the experience enjoyable, no matter the pick.
Elvira was known for her huge, jet black beehive hair, white skin, full chest, and flowing dark dress with its plunging neckline.
She took the “dumb blonde” archetype that Marilyn Monroe used and retooled it to fit the horror entertainment genre. A genius move, considering her massive success from being a simple horror host.
There was a brief media scandal when it came out that Elvira was in a relationship with a woman.
That’s right, the Mistress of the Dark with the classic male-attracting red lips and the deep-V dress was not with a man.
We love that for her.
How Old Is Elvira?
We hate to say it, but Elvira is not real. Cassandra Peterson, on the other hand, is a real celebrity. These days she makes cameos on shows and movies like Scooby-Doo, Rupaul’s Drag Race, and Dota: Dragon’s Blood.
Her recent credits are eclectic and fascinating, just like you would expect.
Cassandra Peterson was born on September 17th, 1951. This means that Elvira is 70 years old. She lives in Hollywood with her partner Teresa Wierson. The couple has been together for two decades.
Is Elvira a Real Person?
Elvira’s Movie Macabre is live-action, so those that ask these questions must be asking if Elvira is a fictional character or not. In that respect, Elvira is not a real person.
She is a persona developed by actor and writer Cassandra Peterson. Peterson is dynamic, intelligent, and quirky in real-life, too. Not unlike her Horror Hostess alter ego.