Few people knew Gloria Pall better in her last years than LA writer and documentary filmmaker R.H. Greene. He recorded a special Valentine’s Day 2011 tribute for KPCC’s Off-Ramp and conducted what would be her final interview for his 2012 feature documentary Vampira and Me.

Pall passed away at a Burbank hospital December 30 at age 85. Greene released a statement about Pall this past Friday and is quoted in this weekend’s LA Times obit. Pall debuted on KABC-TV as Voluptua December 15, 1954, eight months after Maila Nurmi‘s Vampira character on the same station. Her routine was a memorable one:

Between breaks, Voluptua shows us around her apartment. There’s the telephone (trimmed in mink, of course) that doesn’t ring, but sings softly, “Voluptua… Voluptua.” She has a large, heart-shaped Book Of Secrets from which she reads the experiences of great lovers of history and what women like Cleopatra, Helen of Troy and Madame DuBarry did to attract and hold their men…

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