Margaret Yvonne Middleton was born on 1 September 1922, in Vancouver, Canada. She was the daughter of Marie De Carlo and William Middleton. Her maternal grandparents were Margaret Purvis and Michael de Carlo. Her parents were married in 1924. Called Peggy, she later said, "I was named Margaret Yvonne - Margaret because my mother was very fond of one of the derivatives of the name. She was fascinated at the time by the movie star Baby Peggy, and I suppose she wanted a Baby Peggy of her own." In 1925, her father abandoned the family. Yvonne moved with her mother to Hollywood. She sang, danced and attended Le Conte Middle School, in Hollywood. After some years they returned to Vancouver. She started at the B.C. School of Dancing. In 1940, she won the beauty contest Miss Venice Beach. She started using her mothers surname, De Carlo. In 1941, she made her film debut in Harvard, Here I Come! In 1942, she starred in This Gun for Hire, Road to Morocco, Youth on Parade, Lucky Jordan and Rhythm Parade. In 1943, The Crystal Ball, Salute for Three, So Proudly We Hail!, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Let's Face It, Deerslayer and True to Life. In 1944, Standing Room Only, The Story of Dr. Wassell, Rainbow Island, Here Come the Waves and Practically Yours. In 1945, De Carlo appeared in Salome, Where She Danced, Bring on the Girls and Frontier Gal. She later said; "I was on cloud nine all the time. After I made my hit in Salome, Universal sent me to New York so I could learn to be a proper movie star." In 1947, she starred in Song of Scheherazade, Brute Force and Slave Girl. In 1948, in Black Bart, Casbah and River Lady. In 1949, Criss Cross, Calamity Jane and Sam Bass and The Gal Who Took the West. In 1950, Buccaneer's Gal and The Desert Hawk. In 1951, De Carlo appeared in Tomahawk, Hotel Sahara and Silver City. In 1952, in The San Francisco Story, Scarlet Angel and Hurricane Smith. In 1953, Sombrero, Sea Devils, The Captain's Paradise and Fort Algiers. In 1954, Border River, Happy Ever After and Passion, with Raymond Burr and Cornel Wilde. Yvonne De Carlo married the actor and stuntman Bob Morgan on 21 November 1955. The couple had two sons, Bruce R. Morgan and Michael Morgan. In 1955, she starred in Shotgun and as Virginia Oldoini in La Contessa di Castiglione. In 1956, in Flame of the Islands, Raw Edge, Magic Fire, Death of a Scoundrel and as Sephora in The Ten Commandments, opposite Charlton Heston. In 1957, the LP Yvonne De Carlo Sings was released. Also in 1957, she starred in Band of Angels. In 1958, in The Sword and the Cross. In 1959, Timbuktu. In 1963, in McLintock! In 1964, in A Global Affair and Law of the Lawless. From 1964 to 1966, she starred as Lily Munster in the television series The Munsters. In 1966, in Munster, Go Home! In 1967, Hostile Guns. In 1968, The Power and Arizona Bushwhackers. In 1970, The Delta Factor. In 1971, The Seven Minutes and the musical Follies on Broadway. De Carlo and Morgan were divorced in June 1974. In 1975, she starred in Black Fire, Blazing Stewardesses and It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. In 1976, in House of Shadows. In 1977, Satan's Cheerleaders. In 1979, Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula and Guyana: Cult of the Damned. In 1980, The Man with Bogart's Face and Silent Scream, cast with Barbara Steele and and Steve Doubet. In 1981, Liar's Moon and Play Dead. In 1983, Vultures. In 1985, Flesh and Bullets. In 1987, she published Yvonne: An Autobiography. She said; "If I could, I'd change a lot of things because I'm not proud of everything I've done in my life. But to those people who helped me, and there were a lot, I say, thank you. They're the reason I wrote this book." In 1988, she starred in American Gothic and Cellar Dweller. In 1991, as Aunt Rosa in Oscar. In 1992, in The Naked Truth. Her mother, Marie De Carlo died in 1993. Her son, Michael Morgan died in 1997. In 1998, she suffered a stroke. Yvonne De Carlo died aged 84, on 8 January 2007, in Los Angeles, California. She was cremated. Yvonne De Carlo has two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 6124 Hollywood Blvd and one for television at 6715 Hollywood Blvd.
Source: Yvonne: An Autobiography by Yvonne De Carlo.