Yvonne De Carlo dies at age 84

Yvonne De Carlo, who played Lily Munster on the TV series The Munsters, died Monday of natural causes in Woodland Hills. She was 84.

De Carlo was born in Vancouver, B.C., and was raised by her mother. As a child, she took dancing lessons, and as an adult, she began to get roles in Hollywood B-movies in the 1940s and 1950s. She also appeared in the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical Follies.

She became known primarily for her role as the matriarch of the Munster clan in the TV series The Munsters. The Munsters were a typical suburban family, except for the fact they were monsters--Lily was a vampire who wore a drapey black gown and was married to the Frankenstein-like Herman (Fred Gwynne).

While The Munsters had a short run--two years, from 1964 to 1966--it became a staple in syndication. Two follow-up movies were made, 1966's Munster Go Home! and The Munsters' Revenge, a 1981 TV movie.

"I think she will best be remembered as the definitive Lily Munster. She was the vampire mom to millions of baby boomers. In that sense, she's iconic," De Carlo's friend Kevin Burns told the Associated Press. "But it would be a shame if that's the only way she is remembered. She was also one of the biggest beauty queens of the '40s and '50s, one of the most beautiful women in the world. This was one of the great glamour queens of Hollywood, one of the last ones."

In addition to The Munsters and Follies, she starred in the 1956 Cecile B. DeMille classic The Ten Commandments, opposite Charlton Heston's Moses. De Carlo made waves with her 1987 book Yvonne: An Autobiography, in which she listed as former lovers Howard Hughes, Burt Lancaster, Robert Stack, director Billy Wilder, and an Iranian prince.

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She lived a long and what seemed fulfilling life...my thoughts and prayers go out to her family!
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I remember watching The Munsters in reruns on Nick-at-Nite. I always thought she was a talented actress may she rest in peace, and be remembered forever.
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rest in peace
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RIP
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WOW I thought she was older
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rip
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She was the only one who could play a vampire who was also a good housewife and mother. RIP, Yvonne.
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Rest in peace.
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RIP
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one of the great ones...
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Wow! I just logged on and saw that. Usually I know by now. The three biggest Munster characters are dead now. How sad.
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Rest in Peace, Yvonne!
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What a great actress, she was!
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we will miss you Lily
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SAD
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I'll miss her and I loved that show.
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I will miss her!
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so sad to hear she passed.
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loved her in the munsters and in mclintock it was such a great show
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Whats with all the death reports lately? maybe tv.com should dedicate a news page to deaths.

no disrespect intended to Yvonne De Carlo, she's a beautiful talented lady.
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Here's a really good site detailing her entire career: Yvonne De Carlo at Brian's Drive-In Theater Must admit that I was unaware of most of this work. R.I.P. Yvonne!
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Does anyone remember her 1957 Masterseal LP, "Yvonne DeCarlo Sings"? That's another reminder of how she talented she was, outside of "THE MUNSTERS".
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