Cassandra Peterson is an American actress, model and singer. She is known for her role as Elvira in the film ‘Mistress of the dark’. Her horror persona was lapped up by her fans making her a celebrity. She became famous as a host in the KHJ-TV of Los Angeles in the weekly horror series ‘Elvira Movie Macabre’.
She also worked in several Italian films Federico Fellini’s ‘Roma’ and performed as a lead singer in Italian Rock Band. Let’s find out how much is Cassandra Peterson’s net worth in 2018.
Cassandra Peterson early life:
Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas on September, 17th 1951 to father, Dale Paterson. Her mother had a costume shop. Cassandra Peterson used to wear different costumes even to her school and risked being labelled as a ‘freak’.
She went to General William J Palmer School and graduated from there. During her teens, Cassandra Peterson worked in a local gay bar as a dancer.
Cassandra Peterson Career, Awards & Achievement
Cassandra Peterson signed a contract with Viva Las Vegas when she was just 17 years old, to work as a show girl in Hotel ‘The Dunes’. In early seventies she moved to Italy and worked in Italian Bands ‘Latins 80’ and ‘The Snails’.
In 1971 she worked in James Bond film ‘Diamonds are forever’ in a small role. In the year 1972 she got introduced to Federico Fellini the famous Italian Director, and she got a small role in his film ‘Roma’ (1972).
In 1974 she got a role in ‘The working Girls’ where she played a topless dancer.
When she returned to US, she was a part of a musical act ‘Mamma boys’ which performed at night clubs and discos across the country. In the year 1979 she joined ‘The Groundlings’ a Los Angeles troupe, in the character of valley girl which became the basis of her later Elvira persona.
She also modelled for several Men’s Magazines like Modern Man and Highway Society. In the year 1981 she starred in a TV movie ‘Gilligan’s Island’. In the same year KHJ TV offered her a role in their horror serial.
She also worked in KROQ-FM 106.7 radio station from 1982 to 1983 as a personality. From 1980 to 1990 her persona as ‘Elvira’ became famous both in TV and in films. It grew in popularity to become a lucrative brand promoting costumes, comic books, perfumes and dolls.
Her film ‘Elvira mistress of the dark’ (1988) was released with her popularity reaching all time high. In November 2000 a sequel to the film ‘Elvira the Haunted Hills’ was released.
Awards and achievements:
In the year 1989 Cassandra Peterson was nominated by Razzie Awards-Worst actress -for the film –Elvira, Mistress of the Dark’.
In the year 1990 she was nominated –Best actress-by Saturn Awards for the film ‘Elvira, Mistress of the Dark’.
In the year 2001 she won the Spirit of the Silver Lake Award by Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival.
In the year 2011 she won Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award-Favourite Horror Host- for Elvira
Net Worth of Cassandra Peterson
Cassandra Peterson’s net worth is estimated as $4 million. She has done well in her acting career as well as in her stints a as singer, model and dancer.
From an early age she started earning when she signed a contract for a show girl at the age of seventeen. Her net worth grew with her popularity as ‘Elvira’ a horror persona. With films like ‘Strange Universe’ and TV series ‘Movie macabre’ she is said to have earned millions.
Cassandra Peterson is a careerist to the core. She developed her talent of acting, dancing and singing peaking with her horror roles which was instrumental in her wide popularity as an actor and TV host.
She is into charity and has made appearances in many events raising money for animal welfare and AIDS charities. She is a Vegan and advocates vegetarian life style.