|Subject: ARCHIVE: April 27, 2011 ~Here is the story of the odd film career of former Hollywood starlet, and sad end of B-actress Yvette Vickers, 81, who died alone in her Hollywood Hills home, forgotten and found mummified on this day, a year after she had died. ...
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Date Posted: Saturday, April 27, 10:10:19pm
American actress, pin-up model and singer. …
[ Yvette Iola Vedder ]
(August 26, 1928 – c. 2010)
If she hadn't starred in the 1950s cult horror films "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches," if she hadn't posed nude for Playboy, few would have asked how 82-year-old Yvette Vickers could have died in her Benedict Canyon home and remained there undiscovered for nearly a year.
Early life and career …
Vickers was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of jazz musician Charles Vedder. During her youth, she traveled with her parents to their various performances. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied journalism. While at UCLA, she took a class in acting and discovered that she enjoyed it, so she changed her major to drama. She began making television commercials. She later moved to New York City to model for White Rain shampoo advertisements, but she eventually returned to California to pursue an acting career.
Her first movie appearance is listed under the name Yvette Vedder
in Sunset Boulevard (1950), although she was not listed in
the production credits, and her performance just consisted
of a laughing jag in front of its star William Holden. …
She made her first movie appearance under the Vickers name in Short Cut to Hell (1957), which was directed by James Cagney. In the same year, she starred in American International Pictures' Reform School Girl. Her image was used for the movie's theatrical poster, and it depicted her and Gloria Castillo fighting each other. The poster has subsequently become a collector's item.
...In 1958, she appeared as 'Honey Parker' in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, in which she plays the role of the town floozy who has an affair with Harry Archer (William Hudson), who is married to Nancy Archer (Allison Hayes). The following year she played the role of Liz Walker in Attack of the Giant Leeches. During the same period, she made a number of appearances on TV shows, including an episode of One Step Beyond titled "The Aerialist", aired on April 28, 1959.
She appeared as Playboy's Playmate of the Month in the
July 1959 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Russ Meyer. …
...She also appeared in several other men's magazines. Her film roles began to decrease around this time. She did play some small parts in films from 1962 onward, including a small role in Hud (1963). Her last role was in Evil Spirits, a 1991 horror film.
Vickers was also a singer. In the 1990s, she released a jazz tribute to her parents on CD titled A Tribute to Charlie and Maria. In 2005, she visited Canada for the first time to appear at the Toronto Classic Movie Festival. She appeared with interviewer Tom Weaver on the audio commentary track of the 2007 DVD release of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. She had been writing her autobiography before her death.
Personal life …
In 1953, Vickers married Don Prell, and they were divorced by 1957. Her second marriage was to Leonard Burns in 1959, divorcing in 1961. Her third and final marriage was to Tom Howland from 1967 to 1969. Vickers had no children. She had a long-term relationship with actor Jim Hutton.
Vickers was last seen alive in 2010. …
...She had withdrawn from her extended family, and her mummified body was discovered by actress and neighbor Susan Savage on April 27, 2011, in her home at 10021 Westwanda Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles. The exact date of her death is unknown, but forensic scientists concluded that she may have been dead for as long as a year before her body was discovered. There were no signs of foul play. Her autopsy was completed by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, who ruled her cause of death to be heart failure resulting from coronary artery disease. Her remains were cremated. Rumors that Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner paid for Vickers' cremation and funeral were never officially confirmed, although Hefner issued statements expressing his sorrow and outrage at her lonely death. Her half-brother Perry Palmer retained possession of her ashes.
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