Actress. Born Margaret Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she attended dancing school supported by her mother, and at 18 they traveled to Hollywood where she worked as a both a hat check chorus girl until she won a bit part in a musical short "I Look at You," in 1941. She appeared unbilled twice more before she earned a feature film part in "Harvard Here I Come." She continued as an extra, earning her first named role as Wah-Tah in "The Deerslayer" in 1943. Her break came in 1945 when she played the title role in "Salome, Where She Danced." In 1947 she played her first starring role in "Slave Girl" and in 1949 had her biggest hit opposite Burt Lancaster in "Criss Cross." She worked steadily appearing in such films as "Scarlet Angel" and "Hurricane Smith" in 1952; in the epic "The Ten Commandments" in 1956 in which she played Sephora; and "Band of Angels" in 1957. That same year she released an album of standards called "Yvonne DeCarlo Sings." In 1959, she made the cross over to television, appearing in guest roles on "Bonanza," and "The Virginian." In 1964, she landed what is probably her most famous role, Lily Munster, in the television series "The Munsters" which would run through the 1966 season and spawn two movies; "The Munsters' Revenge" in 1981 and "Here Come the Munsters" in 1995 in which she made a cameo appearance. Her later career consisted of both television and movie roles including "Oscar" in 1991, "The Naked Truth" in 1992, and her final role in a television remake of "The Barefoot Executive" in 1995. She suffered a stroke in 1998 and eventually retired to the Motion Picture and Television Fund's home, until her death at age 84. She has two stars on the Hollywood walk of fame, one at 6124 Hollywood Blvd. and a second star for her contributions to television at 6715 Hollywood Blvd.
Bio by: Iola