The Woman Behind Elvira: Cassandra Peterson


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She's a sexy, campy, horror icon and the Mistress of Darkness herself, Elvira. Beloved for her vampire sex appeal and satire, Elvira has been in numerous films and even inspired a comic book character. The woman behind the character, Cassandra Peterson, has been sitting on her throne as the Queen of Halloween for 40 years. But a recent revelation in Cassandra's new memoir has us falling in love with Elvira all over again. Cassandra is queer and has been in a relationship with a woman for decades. Today, We speak with Cassandra about creating the character Elvira, her decision to come out, and how Elvira is celebrating the spooky season.

Be sure to check out Cassandra's new book Yours Cruelly, Elvira!

Your host is Levi Chambers, co-founder of Gayety.

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Your producers are Levi Chambers, Maggie Boles, Ryan Tillotson and Edited by Silvana Alcala

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