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Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark)

When you hear the name Elvira only one person comes to mind... Halloween icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark.

Back in 1981, who could have imagined the hostess of a local Hollywood Horror movie show would grow to become a household name? Elvira was the first horror host ever to be syndicated nationally and has emerged as one of the most original and outrageous characters in popular culture today.

Elvira's reign as 'Queen of Halloween' has now spanned 36 years and includes two nationally syndicated television series, two feature films ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" and "Elvira’s Haunted Hills"), an IMAX movie and two motion control rides. She has appeared in National ad campaigns for Pepsi and Coors, recorded five music CDs, written four books and licensed over a thousand products including pinball machines, action figures, guitars, four comic book series, a beer, wine, soda pop, perfume, slot machines and the best selling female costume of all time.

She has made hundreds of film, television and live appearances - including "The Grammy Awards," "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show," two MTV Specials, "Monday Night Football," NBC’s "Today Show," "The Tournament of Roses Parade" and reality shows - "Search for the Next Elvira," "Celebrity Ghost Stories," "Oddities," "Counting Cars," "Face Off," "Halloween Wars" and "Ru Paul’s Drag Race."

She recently co-wrote, produced and starred in "13 Nights of Elvira" for Hulu.

Played by actress-writer Cassandra Peterson, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark has carved out a niche in popular American culture that is sure to endure for decades to come.