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To Die: To Sleep No More

by

Ira Schwartz

 

In the glory days of Hollywood before an actor could be called a “Celebrity” he or she had to pay their dues, working for chump change in horrible movies.  They did this because they knew that the constant work kept them in the eyes of the studio bosses and in the 30’s and 40’s that is who you wanted to be noticed by.  Some made it and went on to become the “crème de la crème” of Hollywood; you know their names.  But like today, most just faded away never to be heard of again.

Hollywood’s memory is a short one.  The saying “I don’t care what you’ve done before, what have you done lately” should be their slogan. You could be an award winning Director, Producer, Actor or writer one year and out of work the next.

Yvette Vickers

 

 

Having lived and worked in Tinsel Town for the last 30 years I have come across some strange and depressing stories but none as depressing as the one I read yesterday; the death of actress and Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers.  She was found in her Benedict Canyon house by a neighbor, her body had been dead so long it was mummified.  The Medical Examiner estimates she had been dead for at least several months if not longer.  Vickers had lived in that house and been a member of the neighborhood for decades.  People knew her yet no one missed her.

 

 

 

Now Yvette Vickers was by no means a star but she was a working actor. She would gain Cult Stardom for her co starring role in “Attack of the 50 foot Woman” and “Attack of the Giant Leeches.”  In July of 1959 she would be picked as Playboys “Playmate of the Month.”  But as the years went on fewer roles came her way.  She invested what money she had in real estate and did quite well securing enough money for her to live well in her retirement.

 

Attack of the 50ft. Woman

Attack of the Giant Leeches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several of her neighbors remember Yvette Vickers as an “elegant women in a broad straw hat, dressed in white, with flowing blond hair and “a warm smile.”

Neighbor Susan Savage told the LA Times “She kept to herself, had friends and seemed like a very independent spirit. To the end she still got cards and letter from all over the world requesting photos and still wanting to be her friend.”

Savage said the neighbors felt terrible.

“We’ve all been crying about this,” she said. “Nobody should be left alone like that.”

Yvette Vickers

 

 

 

 

 

Yvette Vickers, actress, musician and model died in her house at the age of 82….alone.  Like I said Hollywood has a short memory.

 

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