After Cassandra Peterson and Mark Pierson divorced in 2003, she suggested that the financial strain caused by their decision to produce another Elvira movie, “Elvira’s Haunted Hills,” played a role in their split. “Pretty much, it cost me all my money and my marriage,” she told OC Weekly. She had someone to turn to as she attempted to move on.
In her recently-released memoir “Yours Cruelly, Elvira,” Peterson revealed that she’s been in a relationship with a woman for 19 years. She said she was afraid of what her followers would think, and that’s why she waited so much to make the revelations. “Would my fans hate me for not being what they expected me to be?” she wrote, per The Advocate.
Peterson also recounted the circumstances that led to an unexpected romance with personal trainer Teresa “T” Wierson. Wierson was first attracted to Peterson’s attention at Gold’s Gym, Hollywood. The entertainer admitted to thinking that the “dark and brooding” fitness fanatic was a man until she encountered her in the ladies’ room. Both women formed a platonic relationship that blossomed into a romantic one after their breakups.
Peterson and Wierson moved in together. However, Peterson didn’t realize that she was falling in love with Wierson until she felt the urge for Wierson to kiss her at a movie. “I was stunned that I’d been friends with her for so many years and never noticed our chemistry,” She said that she remembered.