Saturday, January 13, 2007

She Will Be Missed

Yvonne De Carlo 1922 - 2007

From B-movies to feature films to "The Munsters," Yvonne De Carlo brought her captivating beauty and robust acting talent to us all. Peggy Yvonne Middleton was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and encouraged to enter into show business by her mother. They made their way to Hollywood when Peggy was only 15, but it was not yet her time for stardom. They returned to Canada but made their way back to Hollywood three years later. She assumed her middle name and her mother's maiden name as her new professional name and danced in chorus lines for a year and then began to get work in films as an extra. She played bit parts for awhile, some uncredited, until she landed her breakthrough role in Salome, Where She Danced. She continued to get feature films and landed a memorable role in 1956 in The Ten Commandments, playing the wife of Moses.
She will likely be best remembered, however, for her role as Lily Munster in "The Munsters" television show. You can enjoy her performances in this fun horror parody on DVD. Visit
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    For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Yvonne De Carlo was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6124 Hollywood Boulevard and a second star at 6715 Hollywood Boulevard for her contribution to television.

    She wrote her autobiography in 1987: Yvonne: An Autobiography.

    Blogger Elizabeth Parker said...

    I well remember admiring her as the wife of Moses. All the other sisters were young and silly -- kind of giggly little twits. Yvonne stood out as serene and beautiful -- a fitting wife for the hero.

    9:58 AM  
    Blogger Robin L. Rotham said...

    Sadly, I never even knew her name and I haven't seen The Ten Commandments since I was a child too young to care about the actors' names, but I certainly enjoyed her as Lily. Thanks for giving me a proper introduction to her, Diana.

    12:42 PM  
    Blogger Melissa Marsh said...

    I never connected the dots that she was the wife of Moses and Lilly Munster, and I didn't know that until I read her obituary. As watching the Ten Commandments is an Easter ritual for me, I've watched her performance plenty of times and always loved it.

    10:58 AM  

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