Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Gender: F
Cassandra Peterson
born on 17 September 1951 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Manhattan, Kansas, 39n11, 96w34
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 23°54' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 20°20 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 27°24'

Mistress of the Dark Elvira
photo: Manuel Bartual from Madrid, España, license cc-by-2.0


American TV hostess of horror films, a unique character first creating in 1981 for a Los Angeles TV station where she commented on old movie reruns. Campy, sexy and over-the-top, she caught on and became a "personality" known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. A cross between Vincent Price and Mae West, she wears a costume of a long, black dress, a beehive wig and lays on a chaise lounge showing plenty of Wonderbra cleavage and leg.

Cassandra is the daughter of a salesman and a mom who had a costume shop. At two, she was scalded by boiling water and eventually had to have the scars corrected with cosmetic surgery. She became a Las Vegas showgirl and sang with a rock band that did a gig in Italy. Back in Los Angeles in 1971, she played in television bit parts and waited tabled for her steady job. When she joined a comedy troupe, her horror-hostess costume was an immediate big hit when she vamped and camped it up.

By the late '80s, Elvira was such a recognizable cult favorite that she was marketing Elvira costumes, comic books, cartoons, paraphernalia and hostessing video thrillers. Every year near Halloween she arises again from the crypt, so to speak.

In truth, Cassandra is a strawberry blonde with a sassy, brassy sense of humor. Wholesome and pretty, she is married to Mark Pierson and has an ordinary home life - except for the pet python.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 1953 (Burned age two)
  • Family : Change residence 1971 (Moved back to L.A.)
  • Work : New Career 1981 (First became Elvira)

Source Notes

Richard Nolle quotes a colleague (her astrologer) from her.


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous (Attractive, known for her bustline/legs)
  • Traits : Body : Hair (Strawberry-blonde, wears black wig)
  • Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable (Personable)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Burned, age two)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Cosmetic surgery (Reconstructive scar surgery)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Animals, pets (Pet python)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual
  • Passions : Sexuality : Lesbian
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales (Income from her Elvira line)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy (Camp)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Host, Elvira - Mistress of the Dark)