Cassandra Peterson Biography
Younger Cassandra Peterson wanted to be a dancer and admitted that she has always been a fan of Ann Margret. Her admiration for her rooted the first time she saw her in Viva Las Vegas (1964).
At the age of 17, Cassandra Peterson travelled to Las Vegas a few days after she graduated from high school. She became the youngest showgirl in the history of the land. When Elvis Presley saw this natural red-head beauty perform, he persuaded her to pursue a singing career. A beginning of a new career took place in her life when she started touring Europe while singing for an Italian rock band. She became fluent in Italian when she stayed in Rome. There, she met Federico Fellini who casted her in Roma, a classic 1972 film.
When she returned to the US, Cassandra formed her own nightclub review "Mama's Boys", which toured the national club circuit. During the late 70s, she joined the satiric improvisational troupe, The Groundlings, which honed her skills in comedy both as writer and performer. Then, film and television appearances such as Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) and others followed.
However, Cassandra remained as the struggling actress who spent years wondering how she would be able to get her next meal. Changes took place in her life during the fall of 1981 when her character, Elvira, was born. This intriguing persona of has not only become a Halloween icon, but a "vamp" for all seasons. She licensed "Elvira" in 2002 to International Game Technologies for use in an Elvira-themed video slot machine. She was also the first woman who did a music video in 3D (Superstition). Her trademark has been the beautiful mole under the right eye, black dress with the plunging neckline and slit on the right side, ruby ring, snake-shaped earrings, black fingernails, black pumps, the dagger she stores on her belt, and her bouffant hairdo.
Cassandra Peterson married Mark Pierson on July 4 1981 with whom she had one child. She was a strong supporter of gay rights.