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Yvonne DeCarlo has passed away...

Published at: Jan. 10, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with some bad news. Yvonne DeCarlo has passed away. For film fans and television lovers - this is a sad day. She's probably best known as that hottie that Ol Moses fell for in that Technicolor beauty, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - or as the wondrous undead Lily Munster. But that's not how she started out - for years in the forties she was just playing eye candy in feature films... a showgirl in THIS GUN FOR HIRE, a handmaiden on the ROAD TO MOROCCO, a girl in a cafe wondering, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS or as Princess Wah-Tah in THE DEERSLAYER (1943). She played Chorus Girls, Secretaries, Handmaiden's, Companions, Office Clerks, Hat Check Girls - until... Film Noir came in where she did the Femme Fatale opposite Burt Lancaster in a pair of the best fucking film noirs around... BRUTE FORCE and CRISS CROSS - and her career had solidified. Suddenly she was playing Calamity Jane and Princess Scheherazade in films. She got to play "larcenous saloon queen" Roxy next to Rock Hudson in SCARLET ANGEL. She was a "B" movie queen - the head lady opposite the Van Helflin's and Edmond O'Brien's and Joel McCrea's and Ricardo Montalbahn's. Handsome well produced films - often times far better than the A films of the period. Just not as heralded. Then - immortality came her way when she landed the role of Sephora in DeMille's THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - a film that will simply never die. One that will ALWAYS play and SHOULD ALWAYS play. She was awesome in the role, not the showiest, but very much the anchor and the heart. Then she was playing with Clark Gable, in my dvd pick this month, BAND OF ANGELS and Victor Mature in TIMBUKTU for Jacques Tourneur! Then with John Wayne in MCLINTOCK! Then the tiny screen a came a-callin' And Lily Munster was born! For 71 episodes of Munster bliss - she had us. I don't know about you, but I loved THE MUNSTERS. And in particular I loved the chemistry between Lily and Herman. She's a big reason why that show has had it's enduring history with us boob tube watchers. After that - Yvonne continued... Playing in anything and everything - from exploitation films like BLAZING STEWARDESSES and SATAN'S CHEERLEADERS and NOCTURNA - to spots on television like ROOTS and FANTASY ISLAND and much more. The last really fun thing she did was on HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT series. Remember the episode, DEATH OF SOME SALESMAN? It was that great episode with Ed Begley Jr and Tim Curry in multiple roles. I liked that episode quite a bit, and lit up when I saw Yvonne De Carlo. She's gone now - but I highly recommend checking out her IMDB filmography - and in particular exploring her films from 1946-1964. There's a lot of great work there, be a shame for you to miss it.

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  • Jan. 10, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST

    this sucks

    by Shakes

    this sucks. Since death always happens in threes, I wonder who the next two will be

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Rest well, beautiful lady.

    by Uncapie

    I got to meet year many years ago on the Universal lot. Charming, gracious, funny and loved to talk to people. I was impressed that she was married at one time to stuntman legend, Bob Morgan back in the fifties. A great woman all around. She will be missed.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Rest Peacefully

    by Pound Sand

    That was nicely done, HEADGEEK.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Remembered Fondly...

    by Lain Of The Net

    She made me laugh when I was a child.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST

    TV's first undead MILF

    by Coyote Joe

    She made me think about necrophelia when I was a boy.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST

    The first person...

    by KarmicRelief

    ...who says "SPIKE GOTTA EAT!" gets my foot in their ass.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST

    A great woman.

    by MattyAGoGo

    My friends Rick & Odessa are about to have their first child, and will be naming her Lilian after Yvonne's titular character. Hey Harry, you need to get Butch Patrick on here to get his thoughts and memories of Yvonne. God, that would be great. He runs a late night horror show here in LA called Macabre Theatre. I believe you can reach him through their site. www.macabretheatre.com

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Hotty goes down..

    by Billyeveryteen

    Goodnight sweet princess.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Correction

    by KarmicRelief

    Just realized I put "Spike" instead of "Spot" in above post. Can't even get the name of the fuckin' dragon right.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST

    She was how I define a MILF, honest

    by Doctor_Sin

    I had the biggest crush on her as Lilly Munster. Then, I caught an old film from her younger, "saloon dance hall western" days and yowza! She was also a very, very quality actress from an age when "actress" meant something. RIP, Yvonne. Always know that you entertained the masses with your skills and beauty and we're all the richer for it.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    DARN! DARN! DARN! DARN! DARN!

    by Uncle Stan

    To this day I still spank the monkey to a hot freeze-frame of Lily Munster. Thanks for the memories, Yvonne!

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Great Obituary, Harry.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    You seem to be the only writer on this site who has the good sense to realize that an obit is supposed to be about the person who died, not the person writing it.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Hubba hubba hubba!

    by Doctor_Sin

    http://tinyurl.com/yn7usr

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    : (

    by Mace Tofu

    How come all the chicks were HOT in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. I feel guilty jerking to that flick. Damn you form fitting see thru robes! Yvonne DeCarlo was HOT! RIP! Thanks for the sweet body of work you left us old nerds and future nerds to be.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST

    RIP Lily Munster

    by DOGSOUP

    I once masterbated thinking about Lily Munster and Morticia Addams in a threesome. Good times, good times.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST

    One of my favorite shows when I was younger...

    by iron pills

    I wasn't even born when the series originally aired, but always caught it in syndication on channel 11. Lily & Herman were always my favorite characters on the show. She'll be missed. R.I.P.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 11:01 p.m. CST

    :(

    by The_Countess

    This bites!

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    rest in peace

    by Bloo

    I love the Munsters and the 10 Commandmentstotally different and enduring roles. I just got McLintock and didn't relieze she was in it...i may have to watch that now

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Love MCLINTOCK

    by S-Mart shopper

    It even has a stereotypical drunken Indian in it. Yvonne gets all sauced up with The Duke.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST

    I didn't even know she was still alive

    by ewokstew

    I hope she had a good full life.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 1:43 a.m. CST

    she was gorgeous

    by jrbarker

    rip

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST

    It's Amazing..

    by Dr.Zeus

    ...the amount of chemistry that she and Fred Gwynn had on the Munsters. Two of the finest performers on TV from those years. And 71 episodes back then, only two seasons, made it feel like the show had been on forever. Thanks Ms. DeCarlo for making me smile, and continuing to entertain my kids currently.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Sad...

    by radio1_mike

    Rest in Peace, Yvonne. Rest in Pieces, Lily. You were a sexy sweetie all of your life. Thank you for some of the happiest memories in my life.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by Dazzler69

    I know I was a fan! Now her and Herman are together in Heaven!

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    she must have

    by emeraldboy

    been in her 90's

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST

    RIP IWAO TAKAMOTO

    by young1

    How come he was overlooked here this week? http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/09/takamoto.obit.reut/index.html

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    that link again without spaces I hope...

    by young1

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/09/takamoto.obit.reut/index.html

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    %20

    by young1

    you'll have to delete the %20 spaces yourself for that link to work.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Remaining Munster Actors/Actresses

    by rengaw

    Butch Patrick (Eddie) and both Marilyn actresses remain alive. Beverly Owen was the original Marilyn but left after 18 episodes to get married. Pat Priest played Marilyn for the rest of the two seasons. Al Lewis (Grampa) died back in February 2006. Fred Gwynne (Herman) died in 1993.

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    To reiterate: DARN DARN DARN DARN!!!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Munsters cancelled after two seasons with very strong ratings. Why? Because CBS in 1966 made the decision (following NBC's lead) to broadcast in color only, which also killed off the Adams Family and others. I heard that through the grapevine. Bye Lily!

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Why is it

    by Capt. Spaulding

    that it's spelled Seporah in "The Ten Commandments" but spelled Tzipporah in "Prince of Egypt?" I actually think the second spelling is Talmudically correct. Is Talmudically a word?

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    She also was Aunt Rosie in Stallone's masterpiece...

    by W3bzpinn3r

    "Oscar"

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST

    To be totally honest?

    by TheUglyBaby

    I totally would have banged Lily Munster. Get a lil freaky deaky with the hot dead chick with the slammin' yabbo's.......

  • Jan. 11, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    ...a moment...

    by decfx

    of silence....

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    She was HOT! I'd totally do Moses's Mom

    by hatespeech

    and maybe his dad too