Maila Nurmi

Birth Name:
Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi
Birth Date:
December 11, 1922
Birth Place:
Petsamo, Finland
Death Date:
January 10, 2008
Place of Death:
1570 N. Serrano Avenue, North Hollywood, California
Cause of Death:
Natural causes
Cemetery Name:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
Known professionally as Maila Nurmi, she was an American actress who created the campy 1950s character Vampira. The image of Vampira is certainly iconic. With her memorable and striking image, Vampira cemented herself as a star of horror, fashion, and drama. She relocated to Los Angeles from Oregon in 1940, with hopes of becoming an actress. After several minor film roles, she found success with her Vampira character, television's first horror host. Nurmi hosted her own series, The Vampira Show, from 1954 to 1955, on KABC-TV. After the show's cancellation, she appeared in the 1959 cult film Plan 9 From Outer Space, directed by Ed Wood. She is also billed as Vampira in the 1959 film The Beat Generation, where she appears out of character and instead plays a beatnik poet. Nurmi also appeared in the 1959 crime film The Big Operator. She was portrayed by Lisa Marie in Tim Burton's 1994 biopic, Ed Wood.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, California, 90038


North America


Map of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
Map of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California

Grave Location:

Griffith Lawn Section, Lot 203, Space 1

Grave Location Description

As you make your way past the information booth, take the first left, then the first right to the Griffith Lawn Section. Walk approximately 40 feet up the first row and Maila Nurmi can be found to the left of the reddish brown marble pillared monument (south of the large, reddish Hovanesyan monument).

Grave Location GPS

34.08968, -118.31736

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