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  • Glamour Ghoul

  • The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi
  • By: Sandra Niemi
  • Narrated by: Beth Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
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Glamour Ghoul

By: Sandra Niemi
Narrated by: Beth Stewart
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Summary

Maila Nurmi, the beautiful and sheltered daughter of Finnish immigrants, stepped off the bus in 1941 Los Angeles intent on finding fame and fortune. She found men eager to take advantage of her innocence and beauty but was determined to find success and love. Her inspired design and portrayal of a vampire won a costume contest that led to a small role on the Red Skelton show, which grew into a persona that brought her the notoriety she desired yet trapped her in a character she could never truly escape.

This is Malia’s story. Her diaries, notes, and ephemera and family stories bring new insights to her relationships with Orson Welles, James Dean, and Marlon Brando. Sandra Niemi - Malia’s niece - fills in the nuances of her life prior to fame and her struggles after the limelight faded and she found a new community within the burgeoning Los Angeles punk scene, who embraced her as their own.

©2021 Sandra Niemi (P)2021 David N. Wilson

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  • christopher j rago
  • 15-08-21

Terroriffic!!!

This is a well put together book the story and remembrances of Maila are just fabulous! She really is a star! The narrator is perfect!

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  • Greta Roman
  • 14-08-21

Eleven hours of Maila's life was not enough!

I truly loved hearing Maila's story! She seemed to love the hustle and didn't complain or feel story for herself. Her story spans radio, movies and two coasts!

The narration was wonderful and truly took me to each place in the story. I don't want to spoil any surprises but more than once I asked my teenagers, "Did you know. . . ?"" I got blank stares back but I had to tell someone about this woman's life!

I know Maila's story took years to tell and I am glad they did!

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  • William Philibin
  • 22-10-22

A great book about a goth/horror icon!

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This book was really enjoyable to read. You can tell the author wrote it from a place of love.

It was well written and well researched, a fascinating look into an even more fascinating life.

The content is, at times, tragic... even depressing and/or disturbing, but the soul of Maila Nurmi shines through it all. She was a true icon. A rare original and innovator. Not afraid to be herself. Always wanting to be at the center of attention, but requiring it to be on her own terms. And never letting her star be diminished, regardless of her circumstances. Unfortunately she lived in near poverty most of her life, but she always had people who cared deeply for her... and she enriched the lives of so many others.

You should like this book if you enjoy biographies, Hollywood history, goth, strong female protagonists, and overcoming adversity.

The audiobook is very good, but you miss out on the photos so it is best to follow along with the book.

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  • DG
  • 06-10-22

Worth the read!

This book was very well written and worth the read for every Maila Nurmi fan. Every chapter I was captivated by Mailas life. I only vaguely knew of the Vampira character, but knew nothing of the actress herself. Maila Nurmi led an incredible life, full of many hardships in Hollywood, but she kept pursuing and pushing forward. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.