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February 27, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A federal judge today dismissed part of a $10-million lawsuit filed by a woman contending that late-night horror show hostess Elvira stole the Vampira character she made famous in the 1950s. U.S. District Judge Matthew Byrne ruled that Maila Nurmi may seek damages against Cassandra Peterson, who plays Elvira, and several other defendants for unfair competition, but not for violating her right to publicity. Byrne said an actor's right to publicity is not violated by a simulation of a character.
March 20, 1988 | RICK SHERWOOD
You first notice her strawberry blond hair and relaxed manner. Cassandra Peterson looks comfortable in fading Levi's, loose knit top and jean jacket and comfortable in her rather traditionally decorated home (meaning no special weirdness) in the Hollywood Hills. In fact, she was easy to overlook in the confusion created by two barking Rottweilers and a handful of chattering people. She's too natural, too unassuming, and, at 5 feet 7, much too small.
September 18, 1990
Elvira (Veda) Young, a longtime Sherman Oaks resident and retired hat designer, has died in Sherman Oaks. She was 95. Mrs. Young died Sept. 11 of natural causes, her daughter, Margo Mitchell, said. She was born Elvira Bernasconi on Sept. 4, 1895, in Lugano, Switzerland. Her family moved to Buenos Aires, where she was raised. She came to the United States in 1930 and began making hats New York City.
January 11, 2001
Elvira A. Manning, a homemaker, nanny and longtime Ventura County resident, died Sunday at a convalescent home in Ojai. She was 90. She was born Dec. 5, 1910, in Nebraska, one of 15 children of Charles and Effie Cryder. In 1922, she and her family moved to Ventura County. In addition to caring for her own three children and later her grandchildren, Manning was a professional nanny in the Ventura and Oxnard areas.
March 16, 2009 | Elena Conis
Teas from across the globe are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. One relative newcomer, yerba mate, is attracting fans for its allegedly jitter-free caffeine boost and high antioxidant content. Lab research suggests some potential health benefits from drinking yerba mate, but studies of lifelong yerba mate drinkers in the tea's native South America suggest the brew increases the risk of some cancers -- a fact most marketing campaigns omit.
September 30, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS
The notion behind "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" (citywide) seems to be to introduce TV's popular horror picture hostess to the big screen in a movie as rotten as the worst flick she has ever presented on the tube. It's a shame because Elvira (nee Cassandra Peterson) is a terrific personality: a kind of punk Mae West crossed with Vampira, her TV predecessor, dressed always in black Frederick's of Hollywood-style finery that shows off her super-bosomy figure.
September 18, 1987
Rosary for Elvira Roberti, the mother of state Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti (D-Los Angeles) and a long-time activist who served 20 years on the Democratic County Central Committee, will be held at 7 p.m. today at Mother of Good Counsel Church in the Los Feliz area. A funeral Mass will be celebrated there at 10 a.m. Saturday. Mrs. Roberti, who was 77, died on Sunday.
October 25, 2000 | CHRIS ERSKINE
So here I am, decorating the frontyard for Halloween, wishing I had a muse, a Halloween muse, a willowy someone in a diaphanous gown to inspire me to do great and wondrous work. Instead, there are only skeptics. Doubters. The anti-Muse. "Dad?" "Huh?" "Are you awake?" "No." I am lying here in the yard, taking a break on the freshly mowed lawn. The grass is cool now, just right for sleeping. Winter is coming up through the ground and into my shoulders. My neck. My bones.
August 25, 1991 | TONY PERRY
Where, you ask, is the male Elvira? That is to say, a male stand-up horror comic celebrity, doing what Elvira does (sans bionic chest, of course): wearing ghoul rags and telling bad, often risque, jokes. Answer: Out in Valley Center going by the nom de zombie Armando Creeper. Actually, it's Andy Neal, thirtysomething, who once made a living in Hollywood as a photographer and makeup artist for C-grade, bucket-of-blood films, as well as for Knott's Berry Farm and Movieland Wax Museum.
A supernatural, quicksilver version of Carole Lombard, this is one ghost who can haunt the Greater Los Angeles area all she likes. Audiences will be the happier for it. The ghost--well, technically, the actress playing the ghost--is Kaitlin Hopkins, and at present she is proving herself an excellent Elvira, the "morally untidy" shade of novelist Charles Condomine's first wife, in the Pasadena Playhouse revival of Noel Coward's endlessly revisited "Blithe Spirit." It's not a memorable production.
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