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Elvira is thinking about hanging up the wig and slinky gown


Actress Cassandra Peterson might keep coming to Comic-Con, but not as the character she’s best known for: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark:

 “I said it was going to be my last year when I was 40, when I was 50, when I was 60,” she says. “It’s not really my last Comic-Con, but it’s probably my last Comic-Con in Elvira drag, because really, how long do people want to see that?” she asks, half-joking.

“I do have to draw the line. I’m turning 65 this September, I’m trying to keep it together, I’m not sure how many years I can keep this working out,” she says, gesturing to her body. She’s worried about how she’s perceived — she doesn’t want to wear out her welcome.

“I don’t think women should have an expiration date, [but] unfortunately, some things don’t hold up as well as others, so there is a thing about playing a particular character — my character is based very much on the sexy, so continuing to try to be really sexy until you’re really old might not work,” she says. “Humor definitely takes the edge off of it, because if you’re self-deprecating, you can still be sexy, and it’s sort of OK, as long as it resonates that way with the fans.”

My $0.02: Mae West never retired, and neither should Elvira.

Why This Might be Elvira’s Last Comic-Con (as Elvira) [Katie Buenneke/LA Weekly]

Via Boing Boing/Jason Weisberger. Thanks!