Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Yvonne De Carlo

Today's birthday girl! Born in Vancouver, 9/1/1922, her heritage is Scottish-Italian.   Mini bio continued below photos -

An interesting tidbit: Yvonne's start in Hollywood was greased by the same showman, Nils Granlund, that got Joan Crawford her entry.  Her big break came in Salome, Where She Danced (1945), and Yvonne did her fair share of sword-and-sandal films, including a major role in Cecil B. DeMille's biblical epic, The Ten Commandments (1956), opposite Charlton Heston.  But her career covered many genres: Adventure, Western, Musical, Noir (the excellent Criss Cross and Brute Force), later successfully moving to TV.  She also had success on stage in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, combining her musical and acting talents, including a production of the opera "Die Fledermaus" at the Hollywood Bowl, and Stephen Sondheim's "Follies".  She published "Yvonne: An Autobiography" in 1987, and her final big screen role was as Aunt Rosa in Sylvester Stallone's 1991 mob comedy, Oscar.  She spent her last years as a resident of the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA, and left us in 2007.

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