Who is Elvira, Cassandra Peterson’s partner Teresa Wierson?

CASSANDRA Peterson aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark has come out publicly after revealing she’s been in a relationship with a woman for 19 years.

From who she’s dating to when she came out, here’s everything you need to know.


Cassandra Peterson has just revealed she’s bee in a relationship with Teresa Wierson for 19 yearsCredit: Getty

Who is Cassandra Peterson’s partner Teresa Wierson? 

There seems to be little information on who Teresa is but what we found was that according to Cassandra’s memoir, Teresa used to work as a gym trainer at a Gold’s Gym.

She mentions that whilst she was doing her pre-workout warm-up on the treadmill, she couldn’t help but notice one of the trainers, who she had thought was a man.

She then shortly realised that Teresa was a woman and the pair became friends to where she ended up becoming Cassandra’s assistant, and soon became her longtime partner.

Cassandra Peterson has revealed all in her new memoir, Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark


Cassandra Peterson has revealed all in her new memoir, Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the DarkCredit: Getty

How long has Cassandra Peterson been with Teressa Wierson? 

The couple met in 2002 at the gym Teresa was working at and became the actresses personal trainer. 

In 2003 Cassandra ended up divorcing her husband, singer-turned-manager Mark Pierson.

The actress and horror movie hostess revealed in her book, Mistress of The Dark, that after her divorce she felt “emotionally and sexually” done. 

Teresa had also split with her husband around the same time and turned up at Cassandra’s door asking for a place to stay to where it soon blossomed into a relationship.

In her book she says how she suddenly felt a lot happier with Teressa being there as she states in her book “happiest I’ve felt in years”.

On a particular evening the pair decided to go watch a movie and on their return as Cassandra was saying goodnight to Teresa, decided to give her a kiss on the mouth and it all started from there.

The pair now have been dating for 19 years but Cassandra has not revealed if the couple are still only dating or if they are officially married.

When did Cassandra Peterson come out? 

Cassandra opened up about her personal life in her book, Yours Cruelly, Elvira, which was published on Tuesday, September 21.

She mentions in her book that she had never been interested in women as more than just friends before, but ended up falling for Teresa.

“I’m happy and relieved to finally allow our secret to see the light of day,” she mentions.

The actress explained that she kept their romance private for career related circumstances.  

She then goes on to explain she was worried that her fans would feel lied to and disown her as an actress as most of the hostess fans were largely male based for decades.

Fans have been supportive with her coming out as they have described her as being “courageous” for sharing her true identity.

One fan on Twitter said: “ Congratulations, queers, Elvira is one of us.”

Another commented: “Well good for her. It’s good to be with someone you love.”

“On one hand, I am super happy that she was able to find such a wonderful relationship. But on the other hand, it’s heartbreaking they felt they had to keep the relationship a secret out of fear of public outcry” a third said.

Although their relationship was secret to the public, their family and friends were aware of their relationship.


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