Horror icon Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, reveals 19-year queer relationship

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Actress Cassandra Peterson – better known as US horror star Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – has come out of the coffin and revealed she’s been in a relationship with a woman for 19 years.

Peterson has opened up about her partner Teresa “T” Wierson in her new memoir Yours Cruelly, Elvira. In the book, the drag icon recalls first seeing Wierson while working out at her gym in Hollywood.

“Often, when I was doing my pre-workout warm-up on the treadmill, I couldn’t help noticing one particular trainer,” she wrote.

The trainer was “tan, tattooed, and muscular, stalking across the gym floor, knit cap pulled so low over his long brown hair that it nearly covered his eyes.”

“Dark and brooding, he gave off such intense energy that when he crossed the enormous gym floor, the waters parted and people stopped in their tracks to stare,” she recalled.

But plot twist! Peterson eventually discovered her “sexy bad boy” was a woman.

The two of them struck up a fast friendship that eventually developed into more, Peterson recalled.

Several years later, Wierson came to live with Peterson after a breakup. At that time, Peterson had also just divorced her husband of 25 years, Mark Pierson.

Peterson explained having Wierson around was a “huge relief” and she “began to feel happier” with her around than she had in years.

“Evenings were spent with all of us laughing, cooking, singing and dancing around the kitchen while she helped me prep dinner,” she wrote.

It eventually became clear to her that she was “falling in love with this beautiful, androgynous creature who’d appeared on my doorstep, like an angel, just when I needed someone most.”

After the pair shared an unexpected kiss, Peterson said she had previously “never been interested in women as anything other than friends”.

“I felt so confused. This just wasn’t me! I was stunned that I’d been friends with her for so many years and never noticed our chemistry,” she recalled.

“I soon discovered that we connected sexually in a way I’d never experienced.”

Ninteen years later, the couple are still together. Wierson works as Peterson’s assistant.

Elvira actress Cassandra Peterson struggled with revealing relationship

In her book, Peterson also speaks of her initial anxiety about revealing her relationship publicly. She feared her fans would “feel lied to and abandon me.”

“Would my fans hate me for not being what they expected me to be?” she recalls thinking.

However Peterson says she’s so “happy and relieved” to speak about her partner now.

“At this point in my life, I’ve got to be truthful about who I am,” she wrote.

“For the first time in my life, I’m with someone who makes me feel safe, blessed, and truly loved.”

Fans flooded social media with support for Peterson and her long-standing queer icon Elvira.

“Congratulations, queers, Elvira is one of us,” one person tweeted.

“With Elvira coming out, this legally means that Halloween is an LGBT holiday,” another wrote.

“Elvira coming out as queer during the full moon is just so good,” another tweeted.

“Good for her but also props to her girlfriend for being able to not just blurt out to to every single person she knows that she was dating Elvira,” another person quipped.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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  1. Anne Wallis
    24 September 2021

    The term is lesbian, not queer. Why do you insist on using this misnomer? No 70 year old lesbian would use the wird queer. Show some respect

  2. Peter Turner
    1 October 2021

    No-one “owns” either label. Whatever a person chooses to use is a personal matter and is not indicative of a lack of respect.

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