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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 ...
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1929:
Enrolled in a dancing school by her mother at age six (date approximate)
1933:
Joined the St. Paul Anglican Church choir in order to develop a singing voice
1938:
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
1940:
DeCarlo and her mother refused an immigration visa to the US, but sneaked across the border and settled in Hollywood
1941:
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
1941:
Signed by Paramount to a standard $60/week new player's contract
1942:
Appeared in several short subjects produced by the Soundies Music Corporation
1942:
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
1943:
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
1945:
Dropped by Paramount; last film there, "Bring on the Girls", in which she can be spotted in a small role as a hatcheck girl
1945:
Signed by Universal; became a star in the leading role of the hit film, "Salome, Where She Danced"
1950:
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
1951:
First film as free-lancer, "Hotel Sahara"
1953:
Played one of the starring roles on the NBC one-hour comedy playlet, "Backbone of America"
1953:
First non-US production, "The Captain's Paradise", a British comedy co-starring Alec Guiness and Celia Johnson
1959:
Last film for four years, "Timbuktu"
1959:
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
1963:
Husband's loss of a leg and his long convalescence led DeCarlo to seek out more acting work
1963:
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"
1966:
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"
1972:
Replaced Cyd Charisse on the Australian and New Zealand tour of the stage musical revival of "No, No Nanette"
1974:
First TV-movie, "The Girl on the Late, Late Show"
1981:
Again reprised the role of Lily Munster for the TV-movie, "The Munsters' Revenge"

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