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If you lived in Los Angeles in the 80's, you remember Elvira's Movie Macabre show Saturday nights on KHJ Channel 9. Plenty of teenage boys, I'm sure, had their first masturbatory fantasies watching her show.

Anyhow, one of the great cultural treasures in LA, the Cinefamily@Silent Movie Theatre, is having an evening with Cassandra Peterson, the lovely lass who played Elvira this Sunday, March 6.

3/6 @ 7:30pm

An Evening With Cassandra Peterson

(feat. 1988's "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark"!)

NOTE: Ms. Peterson will not be appearing in character as “Elvira” during the show. Boobs, “B” movies, being a brassy broad -- all of those things played their part in making horror hostess Elvira first a local L.A. heroine, and then a national sensation. But there’s one more “B” we shouldn’t forget, and that’s brains: not the kind in a jar, but the ample lobes of Cassandra Peterson, the Groundlings graduate (Class of Pee Wee Herman!) who brought her to life. Holder of the Guinness World Record for “youngest Vegas showgirl,” Cassandra dated Elvis, lost her virginity to Tom Jones, and ran off to Italy to become frontwoman for a rock band, which led to her casting in Fellini’s Roma -- all before Elvira’s creation! Ms. Peterson will be with us tonight to watch her frighteningly fun 1988 feature film debut Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (which she co-wrote with fellow Groundling alum John Paragon, who also played “Jambi” on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse”), as well as rare, favorite and new episodes/segments of Elvira’s "Movie Macabre"! Bring your Q’s, and get ready for what will undoubtedly be some A’s (and T’s) to remember!

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Dir. James Signorelli, 1988, 35mm, 96 min.

Tickets - $12/free for members

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She was the 2010 Halloween hostess at Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville--looking mighty good--and was featured on one of their 7"s:

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark herself, is featured on this picture disc which contains 2 versions of The Black Belles track “What Can I Do”. The A side is the full edit of the track, and the B side an all instrumental version. This single comes in a uniquely designed coffin shaped sleeve with glow in the dark ink, and the disc contains images of The Black Belles as well as the buxom vampire-ish movie hostess herself. “What Can I Do” is also the new theme some to Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Check out www.elvira.com for local listings.

Still available from Third Man Records.

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Didn't Mr. Page have an evening with Elvira when he was in the Yardbirds? Someone posted that 'round these parts not long ago.

Long before she became the buxom screen horror babe Elvira, Cassandra Peterson was a rock-'n'-roll groupie.In her teenage days, she shared a bed with Elvis Presley, cozied up to Jimi Hendrix and rejected Jimmy Page, who ``chased her around his hotel room.''



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