elvira considers retirement after losing gig
Cassandra Peterson, the actress who gained fame playing the campy horror movie hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will not host the Halloween spook-tacular at Knott's Berry Farm for the first time in 15 years. According to this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Peterson is considering retirement.
"Every year, I have to spend another hour working out. Pretty soon I'll be spending eight hours working out just to fit in the costume.
...If I retire doing the character, I don't think the character has to retire," Peterson says. "There will still be caricatures of Elvira. You know, Dracula still works, and he's dead."
The Elvira character got her start in 1981 when a local TV station was looking for someone who was "sexy and funny" to host its late-night horror films.
(via FARK; image courtesy Elvira's official site)