This week, in honor of Halloween, we've decided to pay homage to Vampira as our Thursday Throwback.

The original glamour ghoul, this dark and mysterious diva was a popular personality during the 1950's, hosting a late night comedic horror show. The star behind the persona was Finland born Maila Nurmi. The actress had appeared in a few productions and theater performances, but it was a costume party that really got her noticed.

Maila created the Vampira persona for a masquerade ball and won the grand prize. Her costume caught the attention of a TV exec who gave her the late night hosting gig. While the show only had one truly successful season, Vampira inspired fan clubs around the world, appeared in tons of publications, and was even nominated for an Emmy.