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Elvira's Night Brew Beer - UNOPENED SIX-PACK!! *SOLD*

(Sorry, out of stock...SOLD for $150.00) Elvira's Night Brew Beer - UNOPENED SIX-PACK. From 1996...ULTRA-RARE!!! Elvira...born Cassandra Peterson in Manhattan, Kansas, she worked as a go-go dancer while still in High School! Days after graduating, she drove to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she became a showgirl at The Dunes. The Guinness Book of World Records cited her as the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history. She had a small role (as a showgirl) in the 1971 James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever", briefly dated Elvis Presley (!!), played a topless dancer in "Working Girls" (1973), and posed for the cover of Tom Waits' 1976 album, "Small Change". In the early 1970s, she moved to Italy and became the lead singer of the Italian rock band "I Latins Ochanats". During this time, she had a chance encounter with director Federico Fellini (!!!) which led to a small part in "Roma" (1972). Back in the United States, she toured nightclubs and discos around the country with a musical/comedy act, "Mamma's Boys". In 1979, she joined the Los Angeles-based improvisational troupe The Groundlings (which also had as members Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens and the late, great Phil Hartman), where she created a valley girl-type character upon whom the Elvira persona is largely based. Peterson auditioned for the role of Ginger for the third Gilligan's Island television movie in 1981, shortly before KHJ-TV offered her the horror-host position. Peterson also was a radio show personality on Los Angeles' 106.7 KROQ radio station from 1982 to 1983. In the late spring of 1981, five years after Larry Vincent (who starred as host "Sinister Seymour" of a local Los Angeles weekend horror show called "Fright Night") died, show producers began the task of bringing the show back. Deciding to use a female host, producers asked 1950's horror host Maila Nurmi to revive The Vampira Show. Nurmi worked on the project for a short time, but eventually quit when the producers would not hire Lola Falana to play Vampira. The station continued with the project and sent out a casting call. Peterson auditioned against 200 other horror hostess hopefuls, and won the role. Producers left it up to her to create the role's image. She and best friend Robert Redding came up with the sexy punk/vampire look after producers rejected her original idea to look like Sharon Tate in "The Fearless Vampire Killers". Unable to continue with the Vampira character, the name Elvira was chosen. What followed was "Elvira's Movie Macabre" featuring a quick-witted valley-girl type character named Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. With heavily-applied drag queen-style horror make-up and a towering black beehive wig concealing her flame-red hair, the transformation from Cassandra Peterson to the sexy "Elvira" was so drastic that no one ever recognized her out of costume. Shortly before the first taping, producers received a cease and desist letter from Nurmi. Besides the similarities in the format and costumes, Elvira's closing line for each show, wishing her audience "Unpleasant dreams," was notably similar to Vampira's closer: "Bad dreams, darlings..." uttered as she walked off down a misty corridor. The court ruled in favor of Peterson, holding that "likeness" means actual representation of another person's appearance, and not simply close resemblance. Peterson claimed that Elvira was nothing like Vampira aside from the basic design of the black dress and black hair. Nurmi herself claimed that Vampira's image was based on Morticia, a Charles Addams cartoon character in The New Yorker magazine. The Elvira character rapidly gained notoriety with her tight-fitting, low-cut black gown which showed more cleavage than had ever appeared on local Los Angeles television before. The movies featured on Elvira's Movie Macabre were always B-grade (or lower). Elvira reclined on a red Victorian couch, introducing and often interrupting the movie to lampoon the actors, the script, and the bad editing. Adopting the flippant tone of a California valley-girl, she brought a satirical, sarcastic edge to her commentary without ever being crass or mean-spirited. Like a macabre Mae West, she reveled in dropping risqué double entendres as well as making frequent jokes about her eye-popping display of cleavage. In an AOL Entertainment News interview, Peterson revealed, "I figured out that Elvira is me when I was a teenager. She's a spastic girl. I just say what I feel and people seem to enjoy it." Her campy humor, obvious sex appeal, and good-natured self-mockery endeared her to late-night movie viewers as her popularity soared. At the same time, Elvira was embraced as an icon of the waning 1980's punk movement as well as the emerging Goth subculture. The demand for Elvira increased throughout the 1980's. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and many other talk shows, she also produced a long-running series of Halloween-themed TV ads for Coors Light Beer and Mug Root Beer. She did guest roles on television dramas such as "CHiPs", "The Fall Guy", and "Fantasy Island", and appeared on numerous awards shows as a presenter. Despite the fact that her success is forever linked to her image as Elvira, Peterson has never been reluctant to make out-of-costume appearances as herself for television interviews and specials. In 1982, with the surprising success of "Movie Macabre", Knott's Theme Parks hired Elvira to replace Seymour as the host of its annual Halloween Haunt during the month of October. Elvira would appear nightly at the park, live on stage with a Halloween-themed musical comedy revue similar to her "Mamma's Boys" act from the 1970s. The Elvira character rapidly evolved from obscure cult figure to lucrative brand-name and "Mistress of all Media," spawning countless products throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including Halloween costumes, comic books, action figures, trading cards, Halloween decor, model kits, calendars, perfume, and dolls. She has appeared on the cover of "Femme Fatales" magazine five times. Her popularity reached its zenith with the release of the feature film, "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" (co-written by Peterson) in 1988 (you MUST see the UNBELIEVABLE closing credits to this film...truly one of the most moments in cinematic history!!). She also did many non-Elvira character-roles in other films, most notably "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (1985) with friend and fellow Groundling, Paul Reubens. In 1992, CBS filmed the pilot episode for Elvira, a proposed sitcom with Peterson and Katherine Helmond as witches living in a small town. Network executives balked at the ribald humor and decided the series was too risqué for television. The series was shelved and the pilot was never aired. Too bad! After her relationship with Coors beer soured, she briefly came out with her own brand of beer..."Night Brew". It was marketed nationwide in 1996, but production ended soon after she wasn't allowed into the Colorado Beer Convention because her "neckline was too low" (o)(o)! Anyway, Poptoppers, now you know Elvira, and the RARITY which we offer in the Shop...this MINT CONDITION, UNOPENED SIX-PACK of the ORIGINAL "ELVIRA"S NIGHT BREW". A truly unique display piece for those that wish it was Halloween every day of the year (like yours truly, Mr. Pop Top!). Out of stock.

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