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Biographies - Yvonne DeCarlo
Yvonne DeCarlo
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Yvonne DeCarlo
Born: September 1, 1922
Died: January 8, 2007
American film and television actress whose most famous role was that of the homey but creepy Lily Munster in the cult television series "The Munsters" (1964 - 1966), which allowed her to demonstrate a comic flair that her films had failed to utilize.

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Yvonne DeCarlo was born Peggy Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 1, 1922. Her father abandoned the family in 1925; afterward, DeCarlos mother worked as a waitress to support the family. Nonetheless, she took great interest in her daughters budding talents as a dancer. In the late 1930s, DeCarlo and her mother made their way to Hollywood. Soon, DeCarlo found work as a chorus girl, and began making the rounds at casting calls, trying to get into the movies.

By the time she celebrated her 19th birthday, she had begun landing small film roles, first at Columbia Studios and then Paramount. She appeared in about 20 films between 1941 and 1944, but only in small roles and bit parts. DeCarlo had to wait four years for her breakthrough role in the 1945 Universal Studios Technicolor film Salome, Where She Danced. Finally, at Universal, she found success and meaty film roles. Her next big role was in 1947s Song of Scheherazade. DeCarlos career picked up when Maria Montez left Hollywood behind, but unfortunately, DeCarlo found herself typecast in costume epics and musicals that were quickly losing favor among movie-going audiences. Her starring role in the 1948 western Black Bart helped DeCarlo bridge the gap between costume dramas and the western genre, although she portrays an exotic European beauty, much as she had in earlier roles.

DeCarlos success in Black Bart helped change her image, so much so that she soon became typecast in westerns. Throughout the 1950s, she made scores of westerns, including Tomahawk (1951), Silver City (1951), and Shotgun (1955). And she even appeared in the pilot episode of the TV series Bonanza in 1959. Probably her best remembered role in the 1950s was in The Ten Commandments (1956) as Sephora. In addition to her acting career, DeCarlo released several albums in the 1950s, highlighting her pleasant singing voice which she had previously showcased in her 1940s musicals.

DeCarlo married actor and stuntman Robert Morgan in 1955. Morgan appeared with DeCarlo in Death of a Scoundrel (1956), and he also acted in at least one episode of The Munsters. With the birth of her two sons in the late 1950s, she cooled her acting career, taking on only a few guest roles on television shows such as Bonanza. By 1963, she was once again active in Hollywood, making a couple of films before being cast as Lily Munster in the CBS-TV series The Munsters.

After The Munsters ceased production in the spring of 1966, most of the cast members reunited for the theatrical release Munster, Go Home!. DeCarlo then went back to westerns, acting in Hostile Guns (1967) and Arizona Bushwhackers (1968). But after DeCarlos divorce from Robert Morgan in 1968, she took a few years off, not resurfacing until 1971, when she was cast in the Broadway musical Follies with Alexis Smith and Gene Nelson. That same year, she returned to the silver screen in two films, The Seven Minutes and The Delta Factor. Since the early 1970s, however, DeCarlos screen appearances have been more sporadic in nature. Her last film appearance was in the 1993 film The Sorority House Murders, and her last TV appearance was in the made-for-TV film Here Come the Munsters in 1995.

On January 8, 2007, De Carlo died of natural causes at the age of 84 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, and is survived by two children, son Bruce and step-daughter Bari.

A complete list of Yvonnes movies:
The Barefoot Executive (1995) Here Come the Munsters (1995) Mirror, Mirror (1991) Cellar Dweller (1988) American Gothic (1987) Bad Girls in the Movies (1986) Play Dead (1986) Vultures (1983) The Munsters Revenge (1981) Nocturna (1981) House of Shadows (1980) Guyana, Cult of the Damned (1980) Satans Cheerleaders (1977) Good Idea! (1975) It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975) The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974) The Mark of Zorro (1974) The Power (1968) Arizona Bushwhackers (1968) Hostile Guns (1967) Arizona Bushwackers (1967) Munster, Go Home (1966) A Global Affair (1964) Law of the Lawless (1964) McLintock! (1963) Timbuktu (1959) The Sword and The Cross (1958) Band of Angels (1957) Death of a Scoundrel (1956) The Ten Commandments (1956) Raw Edge (1956) Magic Fire (1956) Flame of the Islands (1955) Shotgun (1955) The Captains Paradise (1954) Passion (1954) Border River (1954) Tonights the Night (1954) Sea Devils (1953) Scarlet Angel (1952) The San Francisco Story (1952) Hurricane Smith (1952) Fort Algiers (1952) Tomahawk (1951) Silver City (1951) Hotel Sahara (1951) The Desert Hawk (1950) Buccaneers Girl (1950) Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949) The Gal Who Took the West (1949) Criss Cross (1948) Casbah (1948) Black Bart (1948) River Lady (1948) Bandido Apaixonado (1948) Brute Force (1947) Song of Scheherazade (1947) Slave Girl (1947) Salome, Where She Danced (1945) Frontier Gal (1945) Road to Morocco (1942)

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