January 14, 2007


What a beauty! I knew she'd been around long before her hit series THE MUNSTERS, but I didn't know how gorgeous she was early on in her career. According to Wikipedia, she was hired by Paramount Studios because of her resemblance to Dorothy Lamour and started out playing a B-movie version of Maria Montez.

Here's an interesting obituary from a site which I googled and forgot--The National Ledger or something?) (Senility!)

She will always Lily Munster to TV Viewers despite her long resume of acting credits. Actress Yvonne De Carlo has passed away. She was 84. De Carlo died of natural causes Monday at the Motion Picture & Television facility in suburban Woodland Hills, longtime friend and television producer Kevin Burns said Wednesday.

Yvonne De Carlo, "Lilly Munster" Dead at 84

The Munsters series lasted only two years, but it had a long life in syndication and resulted in two feature movies, "Munster Go Home!" (1966) and "The Munsters' Revenge." (1981, for TV). "I think she will best remembered as the definitive Lily Munster. She was the vampire mom to millions of baby boomers. In that sense, she's iconic," Burns said Wednesday.

At the series' end, De Carlo commented: "It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn't have had otherwise. It made me 'hot' again, which I wasn't for a while."

Burns added, "It would be a shame if that's the only way she is remembered. She was also one of the biggest beauty queens of the 40s and 50s, one of the most beautiful women in the world. This was one of the great glamour queens of Hollywood, one of the last ones."

According to an Associated Press report, in her late years, De Carlo lived in semi-retirement near Solvang, north of Santa Barbara. Her son Michael died in 1997, and she suffered a stroke the following year.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her death is even more shocking since vampires are undead! Particularly enjoyed one of her last performances in the 1985 episode of Murder She Wrote: Jessica Behind Bars, where she chewed up the scenery as a mean and overweight prison matron. She’ll always be my TV mommy.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tony curtis and walter matthau were good friends and rich around the time tony got his first big break in hollywood, walter matthau was walking up the street and this big black limo pulled up. tony curtis jumped out and greeted him with "I FUCKED YVONNE DE CARLO!"

6:38 PM  
Blogger Lady Bunny said...

So Tony Curtis WAS gay! --LB

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone fucked Yvonne De Carlo....I worship her..she was quite the "whats the opposite of a ladies man?? a mans lady?she had affairs with everyone from Howard Hughes to Ali Khan..It was rumored she was dumped by Ali for Rita Hayworth,who he ofcourse later married...She was an amazing talent..Her biography is a bit of a bore,she lists every sigle man she slept with and every single man in hollwood she didnt bed..the latter of the lists was much shorter...Theres a brilliant book "anythin g is possible"where you get a very interesting glimpse at what the former slow eyed vamp really was like...Check out the film Salome,it's Yvonne at her most exotic

4:31 PM  

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