More than three decades ago, she put the "boob" into "boob tube" and became the mascot of mayhem, the siren of screams, the one and only Elvira!
Born Cassandra Peterson, the young woman who would create the character, has a long way to go before she could don the bouffant wig and cleavage enhancing dress. At the tender age of 17, Cassandra was on vacation with her family in Las Vegas when she was scouted by a man who had a show called "Viva Les Girls." Being a showgirl started her career in show business, which included short relationships with Jimi Hendrix, Tom Jones, and the King of Rock & Roll himself, Elvis Presley. She performed in a lot of live shows before making an uncredited cameo in the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever."
After a stint on a touring musical, she joined the Los Angeles improvisational group The Groundlings, where she found herself seated next to future celebrities like Edie McClurg (FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF), Paul 'Pee Wee Herman' Reubens and "SNL" alums Jon Lovitz, Julia Sweeney and Phil Hartman. One of the characters she created for the Groundlings, a sexually adventurous Valley Girl, caught the attention of a late-night producer who was looking for a new horror host. Peterson added a dash of the macabre to her act, and Elvira was born.
Movies, musicals, live shows, and endorsement deals followed, but Peterson never lost her Showgirl roots, as you can see in this incredible music video. Celebrating the simple joys of trick 'r treat, it's something of a forgotten gem. It hasn't appeared in any of her albums but it got a bunch of airplay on her show. If you haven't heard it before, check it out below.