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

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

by Cassandra Peterson

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The woman behind the icon known as the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells, told by the bombshell herself. The paperback includes 32 new images and an original poem composed by Cassandra when she was 16, perfect for fans to collect.

At only eighteen months old, Cassandra Peterson reached for a pot on the stove and doused herself in boiling water, resulting in third-degree burns over 35 percent of her body. She miraculously survived, but burned and scarred, the impact would stay with her and become an obstacle she was determined to overcome. Cassandra left home at fourteen and supported herself as a go-go dancer. By age seventeen, she was performing as a showgirl in Las Vegas. Then a chance encounter with the “King” himself, Elvis Presley, inspired her to travel to Europe where she worked in film and toured Italy as lead singer of a band. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles, where she joined the famed comedy improv group, The Groundlings.
In 1981, as a struggling actress considered past her prime, Cassandra auditioned for a local LA station as hostess for their late-night horror movies. She got the job as “Elvira,” never imagining it would lead to fame and a forty-year career. Yours Cruelly, Elvira is an unforgettably wild memoir. Cassandra doesn’t shy away from revealing exactly who she is and how she overcame seemingly insurmountable odds. Always original and sometimes outrageous, her story is loaded with twists, travails, revelry, and downright shocking experiences. It is the candid, often hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking tale of a Midwest farm girl’s long, strange trip to become the world’s sexiest, sassiest Halloween icon.
 
Instant New York Times Bestseller, Los Angeles Times Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller.
 
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306874383
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/04/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 38,535
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas, and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At age 17, she began performing as a showgirl at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, then traveled to Europe where she pursued a career as a singer and actor. Upon returning to the states, Peterson toured America as star of her own musical-comedy show, Mama’s Boys. She eventually settled in Hollywood, where she spent four years with L.A.’s foremost improvisational comedy group, The Groundlings. In 1981, she auditioned for the part of “horror hostess” on a local Los Angeles station. That show, Movie Macabre, and her newly created character, Elvira, became an overnight sensation and gained national syndication. Peterson also co-wrote, produced, and starred in two feature length films: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills. She has spent four decades solidifying her unique brand and building it into an internationally recognized pop culture icon synonymous with Halloween and the horror genre.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Kansas 1

Chapter 2 Colorado Bound 7

Chapter 3 Horror, Holidays, and Hormones 17

Chapter 4 The Virgin Groupie 32

Chapter 5 Life-A-Go-Go 38

Chapter 6 Are You Experienced? 51

Chapter 7 Fear and Lack of Clothing in Las Vegas 58

Chapter 8 Vive Les Girls (It's Showtime!) 65

Chapter 9 Through the Looking Glass 79

Chapter 10 All Shook Up 85

Chapter 11 It's Not Unusual 92

Chapter 12 Rome If You Want To 102

Chapter 13 Arrivederci, Roma 115

Chapter 14 LA Woman 118

Chapter 15 You'll Never Work in This Town Again 135

Chapter 16 Mama's Boys 143

Chapter 17 Do You Believe in Magic? 156

Chapter 18 The Groundlings 161

Chapter 19 A Hollywood Horror Story 168

Chapter 20 Boobs 'n' Beer 194

Chapter 21 Mistress of the Dark 203

Chapter 22 Saturday Night Dead 214

Chapter 23 Hey Swami 217

Chapter 24 Briarcliff Manor or Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? 221

Chapter 25 Livin' in a Haunted House 226

Chapter 26 The Pigeon from Hell 232

Chapter 27 The Elvira Show 237

Chapter 28 Lite a Flame 240

Chapter 29 Hello, Goodbye 244

Chapter 30 Baby Love 248

Chapter 31 Elvira's Haunted Hills 253

Chapter 32 The Hardest Part 261

Chapter 33 Just Like Starting Over 267

Chapter 34 Ch-Ch-Changes 271

Chapter 35 Both Sides Now 275

Epilogue 279

Acknowledgments 283

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