Somehow, tragically, this almost seems to have slipped under most people’s radars (unless I just haven’t been paying attention), but Vampira died on Thursday. Though this isn’t directly MST3K-related, Vampira is very much a significant part of b-movie history. She’s probably best known for her appearance as a zombie in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, a film which the MST3K writing staff rejected numerous times, due to how narration-heavy the film is. Mike Nelson, however, later recorded a commentary for the film for Legend Films, in his pre-Rifftrax days.
Prior to Plan 9, the eerily gorgeous and impossibly thin-waisted Vampira (aka Maila Nurmi) served as a popular cult TV host during the ’50s, hosting horror films. Basically, if you have no knowledge of her, you need to go educate yourself, MSTie. Sadly, it appears that she had no remaining family members at the time of her death. She passed on quietly, in her sleep. She was 86.
[Thanks to Adam for the tip.]