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Maila Nurmi, the beautiful and sheltered daughter of Finnish immigrants, stepped off the bus in 1941 Los Angeles intent on finding fame and fortune. She found men eager to take advantage of her innocence and beauty but was determined to find success and love. Her inspired design and portrayal of a vampire won a costume contest that led to a small role on the Red Skelton show, which grew into a persona that brought her the notoriety she desired yet trapped her in a character she could never truly escape.

This is Malia’s story. Her diaries, notes, and ephemera and family stories bring new insights to her relationships with Orson Welles, James Dean, and Marlon Brando. Sandra Niemi - Malia’s niece - fills in the nuances of her life prior to fame and her struggles after the limelight faded and she found a new community within the burgeoning Los Angeles punk scene, who embraced her as their own.

©2021 Sandra Niemi (P)2021 David N. Wilson

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Terroriffic!!!

This is a well put together book the story and remembrances of Maila are just fabulous! She really is a star! The narrator is perfect!

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Eleven hours of Maila's life was not enough!

I truly loved hearing Maila's story! She seemed to love the hustle and didn't complain or feel story for herself. Her story spans radio, movies and two coasts!

The narration was wonderful and truly took me to each place in the story. I don't want to spoil any surprises but more than once I asked my teenagers, "Did you know. . . ?"" I got blank stares back but I had to tell someone about this woman's life!

I know Maila's story took years to tell and I am glad they did!

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