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Publisher Description

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—and 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. Burned and scarred, the impact stayed with her and became an obstacle she was determined to overcome. Feeling like a misfit led to her love of horror. While her sisters played with Barbie dolls, Cassandra played with model kits of Frankenstein and Dracula, and idolized Vincent Price.

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, and led her to Europe where she worked in film and traveled Italy as lead singer of an Italian pop band. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles, where she joined the famed comedy improv troupe, 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.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
CP
Cassandra Peterson
LENGTH
10:42
hr min
RELEASED
2021
September 21
PUBLISHER
Hachette Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
467.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Mike_anthony00 ,

Fascinating read!

A truly a great and fun ride through the twists and turns of Cassandra’s life and career. From the highs and lows this book doesn’t disappoint!

JustMeSteve ,

Elvira is just wonderful

A great read/listen- Elvira is humble and witty and mature and really shares an honest look into her past and present. Inspirational. Bawdy. Fabulous.

ClayMate3340 ,

Wow!

This book is absolutely amazing! Some of the things that happen to her as a kid and as an adult are wild! I listened to the audio book pretty much in one setting! I couldn’t stop listening to it! I have loved Elvira since I was old enough to know who she was! I recommend this book to any Elvira fan!

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