Yvonne DeCarlo has passed away...
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. Since death always happens in threes, I wonder who the next two will be
Jan. 10, 2007, 5:58 p.m. CST
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
by Pound Sand
That was nicely done, HEADGEEK.
Jan. 10, 2007, 6:40 p.m. CST
by Lain Of The Net
She made me laugh when I was a child.
Jan. 10, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST
by Coyote Joe
She made me think about necrophelia when I was a boy.
Jan. 10, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST
...who says "SPIKE GOTTA EAT!" gets my foot in their ass.
Jan. 10, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST
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
Goodnight sweet princess.
Jan. 10, 2007, 8:16 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jan. 10, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST
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
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 hope she had a good full life.
Jan. 11, 2007, 1:43 a.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST
...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
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
I know I was a fan! Now her and Herman are together in Heaven!
Jan. 11, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST
been in her 90's
Jan. 11, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST
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
Jan. 11, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST
you'll have to delete the %20 spaces yourself for that link to work.
Jan. 11, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Jan. 11, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST
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
Jan. 12, 2007, 8 a.m. CST
and maybe his dad too
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