I have no proof that Kubrick knew or admired Vampira. He might simply have been trying to characterize Lolita‘s Vivian Darkbloom as a “Beat chick.” Even so, the Beat chick look can be traced directly to Maila Nurmi and her Vampira creation. Maila was the archetypal Beat chick, hanging out at Googie’s coffeeshop in the early ’50s with such other non-conforming proto-Beats as Marlon Brando, Anthony Perkins, and James Dean. She even appeared as a Beat poetess in The Beat Generation (Producer: Albert Zugsmith; Director: Charles F. Haas) released in 1959 -two years after Audrey Hepburn adopted a Beat chick look in Stanley Donen’s Funny Face, and one year after Kim Novak played a Greenwich Village Beat (actually a witch!) in Richard Quine’s criminally underrated Bell, Book and Candle.
Maila says Vampira’s look was based in part on Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard and partly on “the Addams woman,” the macabre creation of New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams, nameless for years, who would ultimately be christened “Morticia” when she made her TV debut in 1964’s The Addams Family.