Monday, January 29, 2007

Yvonne De Carlo

Vancouver girl Yvonne De Carlo passed away from natural causes on January 8th, 2007.

Born Peggy Yvonnne Middleton, she dropped out of high school to pursue work in nightclubs and theatres, and eventually moved with her mother to L.A. Considered by Paramount as the B-movie version of star Maria Montez (yeah, I know. Who?), Yvonne worked the early forties as a bit player. She finally had a breakout hit with Salome--Where She Danced in 1945.

She looked great in "harem dress" and made a number of "sex and sand" films over the next few years.

She also did a number of westerns, and eventually played Sephora, wife to Charlton Heston's Moses in De Mille's The Ten Commandments.
Of course, she eventually played the role she is most remembered for: Lily Munster in two seasons of The Munsters. The role was memorable, particularly for those of us who never got a chance to see The Addams Family, and she, like Caroline Jones, portrayed a compelling Gothic sexuality. But while The Munsters gave her some security, she remained a working actress for most of the rest of her life (even at 84, she was said to be only in "semi-retirement"), and continued to appear in films such as American Gothic and in Sylvester Stallone's Oscar.
Yvonne De Carlo. 1922-2007

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