"THE BLACK DAHLIA"
AS SEEN IN:
"Who Is The Black Dahlia?" (alive)
'American Horror Story' (undead)
AS PLAYED BY:
Lucie Arnaz (living)
Mena Suvari (ghostly)
"The Black Dahlia" was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short (July 29, 1924 - January 15, 1947). She was an American woman and the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder. Short acquired the moniker posthumously by newspapers in the habit of nicknaming crimes they found particularly colorful. Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. Short's unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books and film adaptations of the story.
Ghosts have the capability of altering their appearance in Toobworld. Therefore we can accept Mena Suvari's appearance as Elizabeth Short in the new TV series to be the same as that of Lucie Arnaz's portrayal in the TV movie.
As for the flashbacks in 'American Horror Story', those would be phantasmic recreations.