It is just sad

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, May 3, 2011
As a young actress, Yvette Vickers appeared in the 1958 B movie cult classic, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.  She played the part of Honey Parker, the "other woman" who seduces the 50 foot woman's husband. ("When she's in the booby hatch, throw the key away.  That'll put you in the driver's seat.  You'd make a wild driver, Harry... with fifty million bucks.")

But her credits go well beyond Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.  She was Roxy in Reform School Girl and Daisy in Shortcut to Hell.  She was The Blonde in I Mobster and in Beach Party she was Blonde Yoga Girl.  She had a small part in the 1963 Paul Newman film, Hud.  And in 1971, she had a part in the really strange horror film What's the Matter with Helen starring Debbie Reynolds and Shelly Winters -

"The Midwestern mothers of two Leopold and Loeb--like murderers move to Hollywood, California in the 1930s and open a dancing school for would-be Shirley Temples seeking to break into the movies. Adelle falls in love with a Texas millionaire, but Helen turns to an evangelist and gradually goes off the deep end. Soon corpses of all kinds start piling up."

Yvette Vickers appeared on TV shows spanning three decades, including The Red Skelton Hour, Mike Hammer, Bat Masterson, Dragnet, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Bob Cummings Show, My Three Sons and Emergency.

Some of you may even remember her as the White Rain Girl in TV commercials in the 1950s or as Playboy Playmate of the month in July 1959.  In his book, On Writing, Stephen King identifies Yvette Vickers as one of his matinee idols.

Last week, Ms. Vickers was found dead in her home in Benedict Canyon.  According to police, the "mummified state" of the corpse suggests that Ms. Vickers may have been dead for a year.

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