Yvonne De Carlo: Lily Munster Was A Movie Star Before TV

By | August 30, 2020

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Left: Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster in 'The Munsters.' Right: De Carlo in 'Slave Girl.' Sources: IMDB; Donaldson Collection/Getty Images.

Yvonne De Carlo was Lily Munster to kids who grew up watching The Munsters on TV in the 1960s, but her spooky sitcom success followed a career on the big screen in such hits as Salome, Where She Danced (1945), Slave Girl (1947), and The Ten Commandments (1956). Long before she turned the concept of the nuclear family upside down with her career defining role in The Munsters, which premiered in 1964, she was a legitimate movie star, but in spite of her early success, De Carlo was broke and in her 40s by the time she took the role Lily, which just shows that no matter how old you are success could always just around the corner.

Yvonne had a long way to go before becoming Lily Munster

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Born in Vancouver to parents weren't necessarily ready to have a baby in the house, Yvonne "Peggy" Middleton barely remembers her father. She writes that she doesn't have very many memories of him, and by the time she was three he was gone for good. She said:

My own assumption is that he died before he had the chance to discover that his Baby Peggy had become a Hollywood actress, or I think he would have tried to contact me.

Left to their own devices, Yvonne and her mother moved around Vancouver, sometimes staying in empty apartments and other times staying with her grandparents, the De Carlos. Unlike most parents, Yvonne's mother wanted her to get into show business so she made sure that the girl was taking singing and dancing lessons from a young age. This kind of show-biz bootcamp came in handy down the road for the young actress.