Elvira AKA Cassandra Peterson Talks Dating As Sexually Fluid

Too, Elvira is the hostess of horror who rose to notoriety in the 1980s with this fitted black dress, her raven black nails and her red lips. To her friends and family, she is simply Cassandra Peterson.

As Elvira, Peterson was the mistress of darkness for four decades, starring in dozens of B movies and portraying her alter ago on numerous TV shows. But behind the makeup, Peterson kept something very close to her heart – her sexuality. “I was afraid that by leaving early, I could seriously damage my career,” she admits.

Peterson broke it all in his 2021 memoir, “Yours Cruelly, Elvira,” detailing his 20-year relationship with a woman while calling himself sexually fluid. The reluctance to talk about his personal life came from seeing many good friends go out – only to see their careers end in tatters. When asked, she won’t name names, but she saw what happened. “They were men” is all she offers, and she couldn’t imagine what it would be like for a woman to do the same.

Peterson, who gave this Zoom interview from Portland, is fiercely protective of the empire she’s built, which includes convention appearances and merchandise. “I didn’t want my personal life to encroach on the character,” she explains. “I never told people I was married. I never talked about having a child because no one thought Elvira would be home and change dirty nappies.

But there were consequences and a lot of guilt: “It made my personal life not fun. I felt like a hypocrite. You’re hiding something, and it certainly didn’t make ‘T’, my partner, feel good.

“T” is Teresa Wierson. The two met 20 years ago and started dating around the time Peterson divorced singer and manager Mark Pierson in 2003. Peterson would introduce her as his assistant. “People ignored it and it was awful,” she says.

After Peterson turned 70 last year, she decided she was ready to be herself in public: “If I don’t do it now, when the hell am I going to do it?” Who cares if people hate my character as Elvira and it hits the charts?

Sharing his relationship with the world has been a difficult chapter to write. “I wanted to make sure it was okay. I didn’t want it to sound like I was doing this like, ‘Oh, it’s so hip to be gay now,'” she says.

Peterson says she lost 11,000 social media followers while coming out. But for every follower she lost, her story resonated with others. “A lot of people said, ‘You are an inspiration to me.’ Or ‘You make me feel like I’m gonna be okay,'” she says. Although her journey has taken time, she is aware of the struggle members of the LGBTQ community continue to face in coming out, whatever their reason: “I think living a lie isn’t good for you physically or mentally, but I get it.”

She beams when she talks about “T” and writing about their relationship has proven to be cathartic. “It feels good to be able to introduce her as my partner and to be able to hold hands,” Peterson says. “We just went to Hawaii on vacation, and walking on the beach and holding hands and acting like we were together was cool.” She says other people in her life have also noticed a change in her. “They commented that I feel lighter. I no longer feel like an impostor.

Next, Peterson has a role in Rob Zombie’s reboot of “The Munsters,” where she plays a real estate agent. She also has a documentary in the works based on her memoir. “It’s with some great people that I can’t even mention yet,” she says, “but we’ve already started working on it. This is the book that comes to life.

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