September 1st, 1922, Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada. Yvonne De Carlo
(Margaret Yvonne Middleton)
and her mother made several trips to Los Angeles until 1940, when she was first runner-up to “Miss Venice Beach.” and also came in fifth in a 1940s Miss California competition.
She was subsequently arrested by immigration officials and deported back to Canada
but in January 1941, an American show producer
sent a telegram to immigration officials
pledging his sponsorship of De Carlo in the U.S., and affirmed his offer
of steady employment, both requirements to reenter the country.
Yvonne De Carlo was later spotted dancing at a Hollywood nightclub by a talent scout searching for girls to audition for the role of
Anna Maria, an Austrian dancer, in the movie Salome, Where She Danced.
21 Royal Canadian Air Force bombardier students who loved her as a pinup star dancer campaigned to get her the role as the actor because she was performing at the nightclub against her will.
De Carlo received her big break in September 1944 when she was chosen over a reported 20,000 girls to play the lead role in Salome, Where She Danced (1945). The movie heavily promoted De Carlo and she was hailed as an up-and-coming star.
Her ability to sing, dance and act made her an internationally known figure and landed her a long term contract with Universal Studios.
In which she starred in many leading roles. She later expressed a desire to do comedy ,
landing her the famous role ofLily Munsterin the CBS sitcom series The Munsters (1964-1966)
“De Carlo died of heart failure in January 8th 2007. For her contributions to motion
pictures and television, she was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”