Friday 31 October 2014

Yvonne De Carlo

Born: 1 September 1922, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: 8 January 2007, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Yvonne De Carlo originally trained as a ballet dancer, but was advised that she would not make the grade. After a few jobs in nightclubs, entertaining men with seedy dances, she was offered a part in a 'Soundie' and loved the way she looked on screen. Her focus then shifted to wanting to be a film star.

Although her film career was critically a series of ups and downs, Yvonne made films for over 50 years. On television she is best remembered for her role as Lily Munster in the hit series 'The Munsters (1964)'.

The Pearl of Bagdad (1940)

This was a 'Soundie', a musical short featuring Yvonne De Carlo in her first uncredited screen appearance.

Harvard, Here I Come (1941) as Bathing Girl (uncredited)

With 'Slapsie' Maxie Rosenbloom and Byron Foulger.

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) as Girl in Cafe (uncredited)

Gary Cooper walks down the steps behind a seated Yvonne De Carlo.

Salome Where She Danced (1945) as Salome

This was De Carlo's breakthrough role. With her exotic looks, she was perfectly cast in this film, which became one of the most popular films of the year and Yvonne became an actress in demand.

Song of Scheherazade (1947) as Cara de Talavera

Black Bart (1948) as Lola Montez

Criss Cross (1949) as Anna Dundee

With Burt Lancaster.

Hotel Sahara (1951) as Yasmin Pallas

The Captain's Paradise (1953) as Nita St. James

Band of Angels (1957) as Amantha Starr

With Clark Gable.

Adventures in Paradise: Isle of Eden (1960) (Season 1, Episode 19) as Lianne Zagreb

With Hugo Haas.

McLintock! (1963) as Louise Warren

The Munsters: Pilot (1964) as Lily Munster

The beginning of a two season run and probably Yvonne De Carlo's most remembered role, certainly on television.

The Seven Minutes (1971) as Constance Cumberland

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