Yvonne De Carlo

Actor, Dancer
A vibrant, full-bodied performer with a rich voice and a lushly sensuous if somewhat odd beauty, Yvonne DeCarlo achieved stardom in the 1940s in some of the more bizarre escapism of that era. During her heyday and later ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1922 in Point Gray, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (67)

Seasons of the Heart 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

The Barefoot Executive 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Death of Some Salesmen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

Aunt Rosa (Actor)

Mirror, Mirror 1989 (Movie)

Emelin (Actor)

American Gothic 1988 (Movie)

Ma (Actor)

Cellar Dweller 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Briggs (Actor)

Play Dead 1985 (Movie)

Hester (Actor)

Flesh and Bullets 1984 (Movie)

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Liar's Moon 1982 (Movie)

Jeanene Dubois (Actor)

Silent Scream 1980 (Movie)

Mrs Engels (Actor)

The Man With Bogart's Face 1979 (Movie)

Teresa Anastas (Actor)

Guyana: Cult of the Damned 1978 (Movie)

Susan Ames (Actor)

Nocturna 1977 (Movie)

Jugulia (Actor)

Satan's Cheerleaders 1977 (Movie)

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Blazing Stewardesses 1975 (Movie)

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The Mark of Zorro 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time 1974 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

The Seven Minutes 1970 (Movie)

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Arizona Bushwhackers 1968 (Movie)

Jill Wyler (Actor)

Hostile Guns 1966 (Movie)

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The Munsters 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Marineland Carnival 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Munster, Go Home 1965 (Movie)

Lily Munster (Actor)

A Global Affair 1963 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

McLintock! 1962 (Movie)

Louise Warren (Actor)

Timbuktu 1958 (Movie)

Natalie Dufort (Actor)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)

Amantha Starr (Actor)

Flame of the Islands 1956 (Movie)

Rosalind Dee (Actor)

The Ten Commandments 1956 (Movie)

Sephora (Actor)

Shotgun 1955 (Movie)

Abby (Actor)

Happy Ever After 1954 (Movie)

Serena McGlusky (Actor)

Passion 1954 (Movie)

Rosa Melo/Tonya Melo (Actor)

Captain's Paradise 1952 (Movie)

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Tomahawk 1951 (Movie)

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Buccaneer's Girl 1950 (Movie)

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Criss Cross 1949 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Bring on the Girls 1944 (Movie)

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Road to Morocco 1941 (Movie)

Handmaiden (Actor)

A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Black Bart (Movie)

Lola Montez (Actor)

Casbah (Movie)

Inez (Actor)

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

For Whom the Bell Tolls (Movie)

Girl in Cafe (Actor)

Here Come the Munsters (TV Show)

Actor

Here Come the Waves (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Hotel Sahara (Movie)

Yasmin Pallas (Actor)

Kismet (Movie)

Handmaiden (Actor)

Practically Yours (Movie)

Office Clerk (Actor)

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Rainbow Island (Movie)

Lona's Companion (Actor)

Salome, Where She Danced (Movie)

Salome (Actor)

Salute for Three (Movie)

Singing-Quartet Member (Actor)

Scarlet Angel (Movie)

Roxy McClanahan (Actor)

Sea Devils (Movie)

Drouette (Actor)

Sombrero (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Song of Scheherazade (Movie)

Cara de Talavera (Actor)

Standing Room Only (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

The Crystal Ball (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

The Gal Who Took the West (Movie)

Linda Marlowe (Actor)

The Munsters' Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

The Power (Movie)

Sally Hallson (Actor)

The San Francisco Story (Movie)

Adelaide McCall (Actor)

Vultures (Movie)

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Biography

A vibrant, full-bodied performer with a rich voice and a lushly sensuous if somewhat odd beauty, Yvonne DeCarlo achieved stardom in the 1940s in some of the more bizarre escapism of that era. During her heyday and later in character roles, she acted in remarkably few films that could be called first-class or even important. Given how campy many of her credits are, it is fitting that DeCarlo is best known, because of TV syndication, as the sensible but ghoulish Lily Munster on the silly if often funny horror spoof sitcom, "The Munsters" (CBS, 1964-66). As with many female stars of the 50s (Susan Hayward, Eleanor Parker, Anne Baxter) put into routine melodrama, she could give overblown performances; yet likability and talent were there, genuine feeling mixed with a flair for comedy that wasn't properly tapped often enough. The result was a career that, in its own way, lasted, such that when a fiftyish DeCarlo impressively belted out the showstopping "I'm Still Here" in the wonderful Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical, "Follies" (1971), all the poor roles she was given or had chosen to do seemed irrelevant, because the woman had a point.

Relationships

Marie Middleton

Mother
was only 17 when her husband abandoned her with their baby daughter

Robert Morgan

Husband
married on November 21, 1955 father of Bruce and Michael Morgan lost a leg during the making of "How the West Was Won" (1963) divorced in the mid-1970s

Bruce Morgan

Son
born on July 8, 1956

Michael Morgan

Son
born on November 14, 1957

EDUCATION

King Edward High School, Vancouver, British Columbia

never graduated; spent most of her time outside of school working as a dancer at a supper club

Milestones

1981

Again reprised the role of Lily Munster for the TV-movie, "The Munsters' Revenge"

1974

First TV-movie, "The Girl on the Late, Late Show"

1972

Replaced Cyd Charisse on the Australian and New Zealand tour of the stage musical revival of "No, No Nanette"

1966

Reprised her role as Lily Munster for the feature film, "Munster, Go Home"

1963

Returned to films in "McLintock"; played a supporting role and took below-the-title billing

1963

Husband's loss of a leg and his long convalescence led DeCarlo to seek out more acting work

1959

Last film for four years, "Timbuktu"

1959

Did nightclub tour whose routines included parodies of some of her films; also did occasional TV work, but was semi-retired as she raised her family

1953

First non-US production, "The Captain's Paradise", a British comedy co-starring Alec Guiness and Celia Johnson

1953

Played one of the starring roles on the NBC one-hour comedy playlet, "Backbone of America"

1951

First film as free-lancer, "Hotel Sahara"

1950

After failure of "The Desert Hawk" at the box office, Universal ended her exclusive contract and offered instead to star her in one film a year

1944

Signed by Universal; became a star in the leading role of the hit film, "Salome, Where She Danced"

1944

Dropped by Paramount; last film there, "Bring on the Girls", in which she can be spotted in a small role as a hatcheck girl

1942

First film to feature DeCarlo as more than an extra or in a bit part, "The Deerslayer", made while she was on loan to Republic Studios; played Wah-Tah, a Native American princess betrothed to Larry Parks

1941

Appeared in several short subjects produced by the Soundies Music Corporation

1941

Film acting debut, on loan-out to Columbia, "Harvard, Here I Come"; appeared mostly as an extra in a series of films at Paramount over the next two years

1940

Signed by Paramount to a standard $60/week new player's contract

1940

Won the title of Miss Venice Beach in a beauty contest; returned to Vancouver briefly in order to get legal visas for herself and her mother and then moved back to the Los Angeles area

1940

DeCarlo and her mother refused an immigration visa to the US, but sneaked across the border and settled in Hollywood

1938

Helped support herself and her mother at age 15 when she got a job dancing as part of a chorus at the Palomar Supper Club

1933

Joined the St. Paul Anglican Church choir in order to develop a singing voice

1929

Enrolled in a dancing school by her mother at age six (date approximate)

TV series debut: played Lily Munster on the CBS horror-spoof sitcom, "The Munsters"

Auditioned for the leading female role of the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Follies", bound for Broadway; lost the role to Alexis Smith but was engaged for a prominent supporting role; received special billing; Sondheim also wrote for her the song, "I'm Stil

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