Sad news from the Hollywood Hills today: the body of Yvette Vickers, a former Playboy playmate and star of many 50's sci-fi potboilers, was found dead at her home in Beverly Hills this morning. She was 82 years old.
Born in St. Louis in 1928, Yvette Vickers moved to California in the late '40s to attend UCLA, where she discovered acting. Her first film was a small part in Sunset Boulevard(1950), and after dropping out of school, Yvette had small roles in a few Hollywood pictures before striking it big on the B-movie circuit.
Blonde haired, blue eyed, and voluptuous, Yvette's curvy body and innocent face were a perfect combination for the drive-in screens of the 1950s. She had dozens of roles in sci-fi and horror pictures, but is best known for her femme fatale roles in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) and Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959). She was Playboy's July 1959 Playmate of the Month, and appeared in the magazine in a spread photographed by Russ Meyer.
Ms. Vickers, who lived alone, had not been seen around her neighborhood for quite some time. When a concerned neighbor came to check on the elderly actress, she discovered a decomposing body in her bedroom. At first, the body couldn't be identified due to its mummified state; later, officials confirmed it was Ms. Vickers' and said she could have been dead for up to a year before being discovered. Susan Savage, the neighbor who found the body, said:
"She kept to herself, had friends and seemed like a very independent spirit. To the end, she still got cards and letters from all over the world requesting photos."
Yvette now joins such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe, Anna Nicole Smith, Jayne Mansfield, and Claudia Jennings in Playmate paradise. See these dearly departed hotties and more in Mr. Skin's Dead Playboy Playmates playlist!