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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 8, 2007|
|Born:||September 1, 1922||Cause of Death:||natural causes|
|Birth Place:||Point Gray, British Columbia, Canada||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Enrolled in a dancing school by her mother at age six (date approximate)
Joined the St. Paul Anglican Church choir in order to develop a singing voice
Helped support herself and her mother at age 15 when she got a job dancing as part of a chorus at the Palomar Supper Club
DeCarlo and her mother refused an immigration visa to the US, but sneaked across the border and settled in Hollywood
Won the title of Miss Venice Beach in a beauty contest; returned to Vancouver briefly in order to get legal visas for herself and her mother and then moved back to the Los Angeles area
Signed by Paramount to a standard $60/week new player's contract
Appeared in several short subjects produced by the Soundies Music Corporation
Film acting debut, on loan-out to Columbia, "Harvard, Here I Come"; appeared mostly as an extra in a series of films at Paramount over the next two years
First film to feature DeCarlo as more than an extra or in a bit part, "The Deerslayer", made while she was on loan to Republic Studios; played Wah-Tah, a Native American princess betrothed to Larry Parks
Dropped by Paramount; last film there, "Bring on the Girls", in which she can be spotted in a small role as a hatcheck girl
Signed by Universal; became a star in the leading role of the hit film, "Salome, Where She Danced"
After failure of "The Desert Hawk" at the box office, Universal ended her exclusive contract and offered instead to star her in one film a year
First film as free-lancer, "Hotel Sahara"
Played one of the starring roles on the NBC one-hour comedy playlet, "Backbone of America"
First non-US production, "The Captain's Paradise", a British comedy co-starring Alec Guiness and Celia Johnson
Last film for four years, "Timbuktu"
Did nightclub tour whose routines included parodies of some of her films; also did occasional TV work, but was semi-retired as she raised her family
Husband's loss of a leg and his long convalescence led DeCarlo to seek out more acting work
Returned to films in "McLintock"; played a supporting role and took below-the-title billing
TV series debut: played Lily Munster on the CBS horror-spoof sitcom, "The Munsters"
Reprised her role as Lily Munster for the feature film, "Munster, Go Home"
Auditioned for the leading female role of the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Follies", bound for Broadway; lost the role to Alexis Smith but was engaged for a prominent supporting role; received special billing; Sondheim also wrote for her the song, "I'm Still Here"
Replaced Cyd Charisse on the Australian and New Zealand tour of the stage musical revival of "No, No Nanette"
First TV-movie, "The Girl on the Late, Late Show"
Again reprised the role of Lily Munster for the TV-movie, "The Munsters' Revenge"
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