Cassandra Peterson

Cassandra Peterson

Movie Actress

Cassandra Peterson is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Peterson gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV in her stage persona as Elvira, hosting Elvira's Movie Macabre, a weekly B movie presentation.

Full Name
Sep 17, 1951
5′ 7″
Net Worth


Cassandra Peterson was born on September 17, 1951 in Manhattan, Kansas. She is an American actress, singer and media personality who is most well-known for her work as the horror hostess Elvira. She attended General William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs before attending the University of Colorado Boulder. After college, she moved to Italy where she worked in television commercials and appeared in several Italian films.

In 1981, Peterson auditioned for and landed the role of Elvira for a horror movie showcase series called "Fright Night". Her Elvira character quickly gained popularity due to her unique look and sultry persona, and she began appearing on other television shows and movies. She has since gone on to appear in numerous films such as "Elvira's Haunted Hills", "Elvira's Movie Macabre", "The Search for the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" and "Pee Wee's Big Adventure."

In addition to acting, Peterson has also released several music albums and books. She is an active philanthropist who works with various organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and more. Throughout her career, Peterson has won numerous awards including a Saturn Award for Best Actress in 1988 for her role as Elvira.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1951</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Cassandra Peterson is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On September 17, 1951, Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1972</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moves to Italy</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Moves to Italy and becomes a star in several Italian horror films.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1981</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Creates Elvira Character</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Creates the Elvira character and begins hosting "Movie Macabre".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1983</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Elvira's Feature Film Debut</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">"Elvira: Mistress of the Dark" is released in theaters.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1991</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Elvira Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases the album "Elvira Presents Haunted Hits".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1997</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Elvira Video Game</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">"Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus" is released for PC.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to television and film.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's an Iconic Actress</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Cassandra Peterson is an iconic actress who has been in numerous popular movies and television shows. Her most famous role is as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, which she has portrayed since 1981. Her Elvira character is a huge part of pop culture and she is widely recognized and respected for her work.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Cassandra Peterson is an inspiration to many people. She has achieved success despite having to overcome many obstacles such as poverty and discrimination. She also serves as a role model for young women, showing them that with hard work and dedication, they can achieve their goals.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's Entertaining</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Cassandra Peterson is an entertaining actress who always brings a unique flair to her roles. She has been known to make people laugh with her hilarious one liners and over the top facial expressions. Her performances are always entertaining and enjoyable to watch.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started Career at age 17</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Cassandra Peterson started her acting career at the age of 17 when she was cast in the horror movie "The Working Girls".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> First Female TV Host</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Cassandra became the first female to host a weekly TV show in Las Vegas in 1975, where she portrayed her now famous character Elvira.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Appeared on Dozens of TV Shows</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Cassandra has appeared on dozens of television shows over the years, including Married... with Children, The Simpsons, and Friends.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Has Her Own Star</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Cassandra Peterson received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985, making her the first horror host to receive this honor.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Owns a Winery</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Cassandra owns her own winery in California - Elvira's Wine Cellar - which produces a selection of unique wines.</p></div>


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