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.”
Do you have any favorite spooky movies or shows? :)
hello !! prepare yourself !! i am excited !!
I have an intense appreciation for the old spooky comical tv shows- the munsters (1964), the addams family cartoon (1992) (the movies too tho), the old scooby-doo movies: ghoul school, witch’s ghost, alien invaders, zombie island, where’s my mummy, etc and also the beetlejuice cartoon (1989), the grim adventures of billy and mandy (2001) !! all those kinds of cartoons hold a super special place in my heart
okay now movies! my fave spooky stuff overall is the fun lighthearted kinda stuff ?? Like the addams family and beetlejuice! Im unsure how to explain the genre but u know what i mean… anyways moving on…
The Corpse Bride (2005)
Dark Shadows (2012)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)(one of my all time favourites holy shit)(so visually pleasing)
Vincent (1982)(Tim Burton short film luv it)
The Iron Giant (1999)(unsure if it counts, not really spooky)
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Ghost Busters (1989)
Monster House (2006)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Fright Night (2011)
Interview with a Vampire (1994)
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Meet Joe Black (1998)(amazing film holy shit)(with rly young brad pitt)
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
Crimson Peak (2015)
Pans Labyrinth (2006)
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
the Scream movies (also the netflix tv show was good, check it out)(different from Scream Queens which I did also enjoy)
The Omen (1976)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The Babadook (2014)
Dead like me (2003)(this is a tv show)(there was a movie made but it was crap)(the tv show is SO much fun)
Hellboy (2004)(i love hellboy)
Sinister (2012) (everyone hated this but tbh I love it because i feel like the story had potential that was pretty wasted but i still like it? because of where the story /could/ have gone?)(whatevs)(its not that deep)
The Awakening (2011)(really enjoyed this)(very mysterious)
… there’s probably tons more that i’m forgetting but this is becoming a really long list so :-) (I enjoy horror movies a whole lot but mostly like supernatural stuff as opposed to gore)(hmu with any recommendations !!)
Yvonne de Carlo: She was born Peggy Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, B.C., on Sept. 1, 1922. Abandoned by her father, she was raised by her mother in poor circumstances. She took dancing lessons and dropped out of high school to work in nightclubs and theaters. She continued dancing in clubs when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles.
She emerged as a star in 1945 with “Salome – Where She Danced,” a routine movie about a dancer from Vienna who becomes a spy in the Wild West. She recalled her entrance in the film: “I came through these beaded curtains, wearing a Japanese kimono and a Japanese headpiece, and then performed a Siamese dance. Nobody seemed to know quite why.”
Universal Pictures exploited her slightly exotic looks and a shape that looked ideal in a harem dress in such “sex-and-sand” films as “Song of Scheherazade,” “Slave Girl” and “Casbah.” In 1956, she veered from her former image when Cecil B. DeMille chose her to play Sephora, wife to Charlton Heston’s Moses in “The Ten Commandments.”
For TV viewers, Ms. De Carlo will always be known as Lily Munster in the 1964-66 slapstick horror-movie spoof “The Munsters.” Lily, vampire-like in a filmy gown, presided over the faux-scary household and was a rock for her gentle, often bumbling husband, Herman, played by 6-foot-5 character actor Fred Gwynne. Although it lasted only two years, the series had a long life in syndication and resulted in two movies.
At the series’s end, Ms. De Carlo said: “It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn’t have had otherwise. It made me ‘hot’ again, which I wasn’t for a while."