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    Vampira (Maila Nurmi) Moon Prayer Painting Original Art (1997). Before there was Vampirella, there was Vampira. Maila Nurmi, born Maila Elizabeth Syrjaniemi (in Finland), moved to Ohio as a child, and changed her name when she moved to Hollywood to model for Alberto Vargas and Man Ray. In the fifties she created the black-clad character Vampira, which she based on Charles Addams' Morticia character. During the fifties, she hosted horror movies on TV on KABC in Los Angeles, inspiring later horror hostesses such as Cassandra Peterson's Elvira. Nurmi's characterization was influenced by the Dragon Lady from the comic strip Terry and the Pirates and the evil queen from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Director Ed Wood infamously cast her in Plan 9 From Outer Space as Bela Lugosi's mate. She also appeared in films including Sex Kittens Go to College, The Beat Generation, and The Big Operator. Her life story was told in the 2006 documentary Vampira: The Movie. This ink and acrylic on canvas board self-portrait as Vampira has an image area of 18" x 24", and it has been framed to an overall size of 23" x 29". The art is in Excellent condition. From the Light Crust Doughboys Collection.

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    November, 2012
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
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