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YOURS CRUELLY, ELVIRA with Cassandra Peterson

YOURS CRUELLY, ELVIRA with Cassandra Peterson

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 09:00PM ET
Event Location: 
Online
Event address: 
279 Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

Celebrate the release of Yours Cruelly, Elvira with author (and Elvira herself!) Cassandra Peterson!

Your ticket includes a copy of the book and a signed bookplate, as well as entrance to the virtual event.

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

The woman behind the icon known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells, told by the bombshell herself.

On Good Friday in 1953, at only 18 months old, 25 miles from the nearest hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, Cassandra Peterson reached for a pot on the stove and doused herself in boiling water. Third-degree burns covered 35% of her body, and the prognosis wasn't good. But she survived.

Due to a complicated relationship with her mother, Cassandra left home at 14, and by age 17 she was performing at the famed Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. Run-ins with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Tom Jones helped her grow up fast. Then a chance encounter with her idol Elvis Presley changed the course of her life forever. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles, where she joined the famed comedy improv group The Groundlings, and worked alongside Phil Hartman and Paul "Pee-wee" Reubens, honing her comedic skills.

Nearing age 30, a struggling actress considered past her prime, she auditioned at local LA channel KHJ as hostess for the late night vintage horror movies. Cassandra improvised, made the role her own, and got the job on the spot. 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 funny, and sometimes heart-breaking tale of a Midwest farm girl's long strange trip to become the world's sexiest, sassiest Halloween icon.

Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After years as a dancer/singer/actress/comedian, she created the character Elvira, which became an overnight success. In addition to hosting her long-running TV series Movie Macabre, Peterson went on to co-write and star in two self-titled feature 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.