When Margaret Yvonne Middleton embarked on her journey to Hollywood as Yvonne De Carlo, she easily captivated audiences as a dark-haired screen siren. For TV viewers, De Carlo will always be known as Lily Munster in the 1964-66 slapstick horror-movie spoof “The Munsters.”
Lily, vampire-like in a filmy gown, presided over the faux-scary household and was a rock for her gentle, often bumbling husband, Herman, played by 6-foot-5 character actor Fred Gwynne.
Although it lasted only two years, the series had a long life in syndication and resulted in two movies.
At the series’s end, De Carlo said: “It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn’t have had otherwise. It made me ‘hot’ again, which I wasn’t for a while.”