“The most beautiful girl in the world,” said producer Walter Wanger about Yvonne de Carlo, whom he chose for the lead role in 1945’s Salome, Where She Danced, an implausible story that nonetheless made her a star at twenty-three.
And hey, I’m not one to argue with Walter Wanger:
The film roles began to dry up in the early 1960s; Universal talked her into a TV series.
After The Munsters was canceled, de Carlo made her way to the stage; her signature role, perhaps, was Carlotta Campion in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.
Yvonne de Carlo died in 2007 at eighty-five.
(With thanks to Van Dyke Parks. Yes, that Van Dyke Parks.)