Actor Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, has come out as bisexual.
In her new memoir, Yours Cruelly, she reveals that she has been in a 19-year relationship with another woman Teresa Wierson.
The couple met at their local Hollywood gym, but only began their relationship after the end of Peterson’s marriage to her manager Mark Pierson, and the end of Wierson’s own relationship when she turned up at the actor’s home one night “holding a trash bag full of her belongings, looking sad and bedraggled. She’d split from her longtime partner, spent some time in rehab, and now had no place to go.”
The couple had kept their relationship quiet because, as Peterson relates, she was worrying of alienating her fanbase.
“Would my fans hate me for not being what they expected me to be?” she writes. “ I’m very aware that there will be some who will be disappointed and maybe even angry, but I have to live with myself, and at this point in my life, I’ve got to be truthful about who I am.”
Yours Cruelly will be published by Hachette on 14 October.