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May 7, 1993
A different class of mad woman receives a more serious, but less compelling, portrait at Nosotros Theatre. "Elvira's Cross" is a somber, bleak and ultimately pretentious tale about a peasant servant who murders her four children and then attempts suicide, only to be "rescued" and imprisoned for 40 years. Victor Hugo Rascon Banda is celebrated as one of Mexico's most important playwrights. (The U.S. premiere of his "Contrabando" is currently at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
January 22, 1989 | Marc Shapiro
Ozzy Osbourne hosting horror films? Cannon Home Video has hired the heavy metal madman to perform two-minute introductions to each of eight horror films. The first four--"Dracula's Last Rights," "Crucible of Horror," "Beast in the Cellar" and "Blood on Satan's Cloth"--are due on video shelves April 26. Kristina Hamm, assistant to the director of Cannon Home Video, told us Osbourne will provide a plot summary and "tell a couple of jokes."
CASSANDRA PETERSON, who portrays Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and her husband-manager, former musician MARK PIERSON, are remodeling their French New Orleans-style home on an acre in Los Feliz at a cost of nearly $500,000. They bought the house two years ago for $800,000. Peterson, in her mid-40s, has used her tongue-in-cheek style as a bosomy Valley Girl-as-vampire to pitch more than 500 products, ranging from beer to perfumes to pinball machines.
October 28, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT
Once again the fantasies and fetishes of thousands of San Diegans are being acted out in costume shop dressing rooms across the city, offering a strange read-out on the collective state of mind of America's Finest City. These dispatches from the Halloween costume front: Carmen Miranda is in, Playboy bunnies are out, and people are scouring the city for Gumby attire. Belly dancers are hot, and Cleopatras, too.
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.
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.
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