The Mistress of Darkness has uncovered a nearly 20-year-old secret.
The movie B horror hostess writes that she met her partner – identified as Teresa “T” Wierson by LGBTQ media – at Hollywood Gold’s Gym, where Peterson immediately felt drawn to Wierson, whom Peterson d at first thought he was a real “bad boy”. . “
“Dark and brooding, he gave off such intense energy that when he walked through the huge gymnasium floor, the waters parted and people stopped in their tracks to watch,” Peterson wrote, according to The Advocate.
Later, in the women’s locker room, she found out that her “bad boy” was actually a “bad girl” and the two became friends.
The couple fell in love after Peterson divorced her 25-year-old husband and Wierson also broke from a relationship. Peterson explains in her memoir that the two women began to live together in order to support each other, and during this time Peterson found herself wanting to kiss her longtime friend.
“It just wasn’t me! I was amazed that I had been friends with her for so many years and never noticed our chemistry, ”she writes. “I soon found out that we hook up sexually in ways that I had never known before.” The two quickly fell in love.
According to New York Post, Peterson kept his nearly two-decade relationship with Wierson a secret out of fear.
“I felt the need to protect Elvira in order to keep my career alive,” Peterson, 70, reportedly wrote.
Peterson explained to The HuffPost in 2018, how she must have been cunning enough to become the head of her own empire. After her bosses at Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV, which aired her popular horror movie show “Elvira’s Movie Macabre”, refused to grant her a raise, she slowly decided to secure the rights to her beloved character – who gained popularity thanks to Elvira’s gothic goddess appearance, valley girl voice and campy sense of humor.
“So instead of a raise, my ex-husband, who ran me along with his partner, asked for the rights to have a fan club, and the station said yes.”
Peterson and her ex then got the rights to Elvira to appear on other shows, like “CHIPS” and “The Fall Guy,” and things started to snowball.
“And we asked for this right and this right, and one day they realized that we own all the rights to Elvira!” Said Peterson.
She added to HuffPost:
“Every time you see something that features Elvira, I earn money. That’s why when people say to me, ‘You don’t feel like you are being labeled? Don’t you want to stop playing Elvira? ‘ I say: ‘Hell to no! Are you crazy?'”
This may reveal why Peterson was so protective of his naked vampy character, whose look definitely catches the male gaze.
Still, it looks like Peterson is ready to reveal his long-standing romance.
“For the first time in my life,” wrote Peterson, according to The Advocate, “I’m with someone who makes me feel safe, blessed, and truly loved.”
This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.