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Actress Yvonne De Carlo was Moses' wife in DeMille's The Ten Commandments, but is better known for playing the matriarch on TV's The Munsters.
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In 1964, she was chosen to play the ghoulish mom in a pilot for CBS. Her portrayal of Lily Munster in the horror-spoof sitcom The Munsters (1964-'66) marked her television debut, and introduced her to a whole new generation of audiences.
In the early 1970s, the middle-aged actress found renewed success in the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical Follies (1971). Eventually, she settled into a routine of lowbrow comedy—Won Ton Ton,
the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)—and horror films, such as Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977), Silent Scream (1980) and Vultures (1983).
De Carlo continued to appear in occasional films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1987, she published an autobiography, titled Yvonne. Most recently, she made a guest appearance in the television movie Here Come the Munsters (1995).
In 1955, De Carlo married Hollywood stuntman, Robert Morgan, who lost his leg while filming How the West Was Won (1963). The couple had two sons, Bruce and Michael, before they divorced in the mid-1970s. De Carlo, indelibly identified with the character Lily Munster—the vampirelike matriarch of the TV sitcom family The Munsters, died of heart failure on January 8, 2007 at age 84.
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