- 1 Who is Cassandra Peterson?
- 2 Where is Cassandra Peterson today?
- 3 Early Life and Education
- 4 Career Beginnings
- 5 Elvira Begins and “Movie Macabre”
- 6 Elvira and Home Videos
- 7 Elvira’s Comic Books and Books
- 8 Elvira and Video Games
- 9 Elvira’s Music Career
- 10 Non-Elvira Acting Career
- 11 Awards and Nominations
- 12 Cassandra Peterson Net Worth
- 13 Personal Life, Ex-Husband, Daughter, Affairs
- 14 Appearance and Vital Statistics
- 15 Social Media Presence
Who is Cassandra Peterson?
Cassandra Peterson was born on the 17th September 1951, in Manhattan, Kansas USA, and is of American ethnicity. She is a professional actress, probably best recognized for portraying the horror hostess character The Mistress of the Dark Elvira, and hosting the weekly horror film presentation “Movie Macabre”.
Where is Cassandra Peterson today?
As one of the most popular personalities during the 1980s and 1990s, Cassandra has appeared in numerous film and TV titles in the role of Elvira and expanded the role as a brand to other projects, including comic books, video games, etc. She is still active in the entertainment industry, and currently works on Elvira merchandise.
Early Life and Education
When it comes to speak about her early life, Cassandra spent part of her childhood near Randolph, Kansas, until the time when Tuttle Creek Reservoir was created, so she moved with her family to Colorado Springs, Colorado. From an early age, Cassandra was interested in horror, and was occupied by horror-themed toys while other girls played with Barbie dolls. As a teenager, she worked as a go-go dancer at a gay night club to earn money for herself. Regarding her education, Cassandra attended General William J. Palmer High School, from which she matriculated in 1969.
At the age of 17, Cassandra was fascinated by Ann-Margret in “Viva Las Vegas”, and when she went to see a live show, she somehow caught the attention of the producers who offered her a contract, which she obviously accepted in agreement with her parents, so upon matriculation, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and started working as a showgirl at The Dunes, where she met Elvis Presley. In 1971, she landed a support role as a showgirl in the James Bond film entitled “Diamond Are Forever”, after which she moved to Italy, and there she was spotted by director Federico Fellini and appeared in the film “Roma”, although uncredited. She soon returned to the US, and made her official debut appearance as topless dancer Katya in the 1974 comedy film “The Working Girls”, then covered Tom Waits’ album “Small Change” in 1976, and became a part of the improvisational troupe The Groundlings in Los Angeles, California, where she created a Valley girl character on which Elvira is based. During the 1970s, Cassandra also appeared in several men’s magazines, including Modern Man, Man’s Delight and High Society. All of these jobs and appearances marked a significant increase in her popularity as well as her net worth.
— Elvira (@TheRealElvira) August 16, 2018
Elvira Begins and “Movie Macabre”In the beginning of the 1980s, KHJ-TV offered Cassandra work in the horror-host position for the weekly horror film presentation entitled “Movie Macabre” (1981-1985), which she accepted, and created with Robert Redding the sexy punk/vampire character known as Elvira, which at the speed of light gained enormous popularity and added a considerable amount to Cassandra’s net worth. The Elvira character rapidly became a brand, and was expanded to various products, including Halloween costumes, dolls, perfumes, comic books, etc. She also covered the Femme Fatales magazine five times, and soon appeared in the film “Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark” (1988) directed by James Signorelli. In November of 2000, they created its sequel entitled “Elvira’s Haunted Hill”, which was officially premiered in Hollywood in 2002. Five years later, Cassandra created her own show “The Search For The New Elvira”, in order to find a younger actress who would replace her, and “Movie Macabre” returned to television in 2010 through 2011, after which the TV series “13 Nights Of Elvira” was created for Hulu and aired in 2014.
— Elvira (@TheRealElvira) July 23, 2018
Elvira and Home Videos
In 1985, Cassandra started hosting as Elvira in the horror home video series entitled “ThrillerVideo”, released by International Video Entertainment (IVE) and U.S.A. Home Video. The films were actually many episodes of the British TV shows “Hammer House of Horror” and “Thriller”, as well as the TV films directed by Dan Curtis and “The Monster Club”. This project achieved huge success, and led to the creation of “Elvira’s Midnight Madness”, released via Rhino Home Video, while in 2004 out came the DVD horror film collection entitled “Elvira’s Box Of Horrors”, increasing Cassandra’s net worth by a large margin.
Elvira’s Comic Books and BooksCassandra’s character Elvira also appeared in Eclipse Comics, Claypool Comics and DC Comics. During the 1980s, DC Comics published the short-lived series “Elvira’s House Of Mystery”, which was later taken over by Claypool. The next series “Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark” out came in the 1990s, written by Richard Howell and published by Eclipse Comics. It has been announced that the new series “Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark” written by David Avallon will be released in late 2018, so her net worth will certainly increase. Talking about books, Cassandra co-wrote with John Paragon three Elvira novels – “Camp Vamp”, “Transylvania 90210” and “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” – published by Berkley Books, all of which are now available as E-books.
Elvira and Video Games
Regarding video games, a number based on the Elvira character were published during the 1980s and 1990s, such as “Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark” and “Elvira 2: The Jaws Of Cerberus”. In 2007, the game “Pain” was released for PlayStation 3, and most recently she appeared in the game “Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare” (2017).
Elvira’s Music Career
To speak further about her ventures in the role of Elvira, Cassandra also recorded several songs for the Elvira Halloween albums, such as “Elvira Presents Haunted Hits” (1987), “Elvira Presents Monster Hits” (1994) and “Elvira Presents Revenge Of The Monster Hits” (1995), among many others.
Non-Elvira Acting Career
Apart from her successful career as Elvira, Cassandra also appeared in roles in many other film titles, the first major role came in 1983, when she was cast as Angie Stoddard in the drama “Balboa”, after which she starred in the role of Queen Sorais in the adventure comedy film entitled “Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold” (1986), next to Sharon Stone and Richard Chamberlain, played Roxy in the 1993 thriller “Acting On Impulse”, and Linda in Joshua Grannell’s film “All About Evil” (2010). In 2013, she featured as Artie Duke in the drama romance “Bruno & Earlene Go To Vegas”, portrayed Ms Glenn in the comedy “First Period”, and was chosen to do the voice-over in the animated TV series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2013-2017). All of these roles also contributed a lot to her fame and fortune.
Awards and Nominations
Thanks to her accomplishments in the world of acting, Cassandra has won such awards as the 2001 Spirit of Silver Lake Award at Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival and the 2008 Vincent Price Award at Hollywood Horror Festival. She was also nominated for a Saturn Award in the category for Best Actress in 1988, but also for a Raspberry Award in the category for Worst Actress in the same year. She was inducted into the Horror Host Hall Of Fame in 2012.
Cassandra Peterson Net Worth
Her career started in 1970, and since then she has been an active member of the entertainment industry as a professional actress, who has starred in more than 90 film and TV titles. So, if you ever wondered how rich Cassandra Peterson is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $2.5 million, accumulated through her successful career. Another source of her wealth is coming from her investments in Comikaze Entertainment, Inc. as well as owning Queen B Productions company in Los Angeles.
Personal Life, Ex-Husband, Daughter, Affairs
Regarding her personal life, Cassandra Peterson married to her personal manager Mark Pierson in 1981, but they divorced in 2003, and moved into separate paths. They have a daughter named Sadie Pierson. She previously had briefly affair with Elvis Presley during the 1970s, and claimed that she lost her virginity to Tom Jones. Cassandra is known as a vegetarian and she has promoted a vegetarian diet in a Halloween campaign for PETA. She also supports LGBT rights. Her current residence is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Cassandra is apparently sill a beautiful woman with long red colored hair and blue eyes. She was named No. 1 on the Sci-Fi’s Sexiest B-Queens by Femme Fatales magazine in 1997. Although she is currently in her late 60s, Cassandra has an amazing body, with a height of 5ft 6ins (1.70m) and the weight which is reputed to be around (69kgs), while her vital statistics are 38-26-37.
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Social Media Presence
In addition to her involvement in the entertainment industry as professional actress, Cassandra is active across many of the most popular social media sites, which she uses to promote her work. She runs her official Instagram account, on which she has more than 450,000 followers, as well as her official Twitter account. She also launched her own website as Elvira, on which you can find more information about her projects.