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

By Jacob Shelton
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.