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Yours cruelly, Elvira : memoirs of the mistress of the dark / Cassandra Peterson.

Elvira, 1951- (author.).

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  • 8 of 12 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Thomaston Public Library.

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Thomaston Public Library B PETERSON (Text to phone) 34020146439003 Adult New Biography Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0306874350
  • ISBN: 9780306874352
  • ISBN: 9780306874352
  • ISBN: 0306874350
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2021.

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"The woman behind the icon known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells, told by the bombshell herself. On Good Friday in 1953, at only 18 months old, 25 miles from the nearest hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, Cassandra Peterson reached for a pot on the stove and doused herself in boiling water. Third-degree burns covered 35% of her body, and the prognosis wasn't good. But she survived. Burned and scarred, the impact stayed with her and became an obstacle she was determined to overcome. Feeling like a misfit led to her love of horror. Due to a complicated relationship with her mother, Cassandra left home at 14, and by age 17 she was performing at the famed Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. Run-ins with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Tom Jones helped her grow up fast. Then a chance encounter with her idol Elvis Presley, changed the course of her life forever, and led her to Europe where she worked in film and traveled Italy as lead singer of an Italian pop band. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles, where she joined the famed comedy improv troupe, The Groundlings, and worked alongside Phil Hartman and Paul "Pee-wee" Reubens, honing her comedic skills. Nearing age 30, a struggling actress considered past her prime, she auditioned at local LA channel KHJ as hostess for the late night vintage horror movies. Cassandra improvised, made the role her own, and got the job on the spot. Yours Cruelly, Elvira is an unforgettably wild memoir. Always original and sometimes outrageous, her story is loaded with twists, travails, revelry, and downright shocking experiences. It is the candid, often funny, and sometimes heart-breaking tale of a Midwest farm girl's long strange trip to become the world's sexiest, sassiest Halloween icon"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Elvira, 1951-
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Yours Cruelly, Elvira : Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark
Yours Cruelly, Elvira : Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark
by Peterson, Cassandra
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Table of Contents

Yours Cruelly, Elvira : Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark

SectionSection DescriptionPage Number
Prologuep. xi
Chapter 1Kansasp. 1
Chapter 2Colorado Boundp. 7
Chapter 3Horror, Holidays, and Hormonesp. 17
Chapter 4The Virgin Groupiep. 32
Chapter 5Life-A-Go-Gop. 38
Chapter 6Are You Experienced?p. 51
Chapter 7Fear and Lack of Clothing in Las Vegasp. 58
Chapter 8Vive Les Girls (It's Showtime!)p. 65
Chapter 9Through the Looking Glassp. 79
Chapter 10All Shook Upp. 85
Chapter 11It's Not Unusualp. 92
Chapter 12Rome If You Want Top. 102
Chapter 13Arrivederci, Romap. 115
Chapter 14LA Womanp. 118
Chapter 15You'll Never Work in This Town Againp. 135
Chapter 16Mama's Boysp. 143
Chapter 17Do You Believe in Magic?p. 156
Chapter 18The Groundlingsp. 161
Chapter 19A Hollywood Horror Storyp. 168
Chapter 20Boobs 'n' Beerp. 194
Chapter 21Mistress of the Darkp. 203
Chapter 22Saturday Night Deadp. 214
Chapter 23Hey Swamip. 217
Chapter 24Briarcliff Manor or Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?p. 221
Chapter 25Livin' in a Haunted Housep. 226
Chapter 26The Pigeon from Hellp. 232
Chapter 27The Elvira Showp. 237
Chapter 28Lite a Flamep. 240
Chapter 29Hello, Goodbyep. 244
Chapter 30Baby Lovep. 248
Chapter 31Elvira's Haunted Hillsp. 253
Chapter 32The Hardest Partp. 261
Chapter 33Just Like Starting Overp. 267
Chapter 34Ch-Ch-Changesp. 271
Chapter 35Both Sides Nowp. 275
Epiloguep. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 283

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