De Carlo died of natural causes Monday at the Motion Picture & Television facility in suburban Los Angeles, longtime friend and television producer Kevin Burns said Wednesday.
De Carlo, whose shapely figure helped launch her career in B-movie desert adventures and Westerns, rose to more important roles in the 1950s. Later, she had a key role in a landmark Broadway musical, Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies.”
Lily, vampire-like in a black gown, presided over the faux scary household and was a rock for her gentle but often bumbling husband, Herman, played by 6-foot-5-inch character actor Fred Gwynne (decked out as the Frankenstein monster).
While it lasted only two years, the series had a long life in syndication and resulted in two feature movies, “Munster Go Home!” (1966) and “The Munsters’ Revenge.” (1981, for TV).
At the series’ end, De Carlo commented: “It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn’t have had otherwise. It made me ‘hot’ again, which I wasn’t for a while.” (Click here for the rest of the article)
By the time she celebrated her 19th birthday, she had begun landing small film roles, first at Columbia Studios and then Paramount. She appeared in about 20 films between 1941 and 1944, but only in small roles and bit parts.
DeCarlo's success in Black Bart helped change her image, so much so that she soon became typecast in westerns. Throughout the 1950s, she made scores of westerns, including Tomahawk (1951), Silver City (1951), and Shotgun (1955). And she even appeared in the pilot episode of the TV series Bonanza in 1959. Probably her best remembered role in the 1950s was in The Ten Commandments (1956) as Sephora. In addition to her acting career, DeCarlo released several albums in the 1950s, highlighting her pleasant singing voice which she had previously showcased in her 1940s musicals.
DeCarlo married actor and stuntman Robert Morgan in 1955. Morgan appeared with DeCarlo in Death of a Scoundrel (1956), and he also acted in at least one episode of The Munsters. With the birth of her two sons in the late 1950s, she cooled her acting career, taking on only a few guest roles on television shows such as Bonanza. By 1963, she was once again active in Hollywood, making a couple of films before being cast as 'Lily Munster' in the CBS-TV series The Munsters.
After The Munsters ceased production in the spring of 1966, most of the cast members reunited for the theatrical release Munster, Go Home!. DeCarlo then went back to westerns, acting in Hostile Guns (1967) and Arizona Bushwhackers (1968). But after DeCarlo's divorce from Robert Morgan in 1968, she took a few years off, not resurfacing until 1971, when she was cast in the Broadway musical Follies with Alexis Smith and Gene Nelson. That same year, she returned to the silver screen in two films, The Seven Minutes and The Delta Factor. Since the early 1970s, however, DeCarlo's screen appearances have been more sporadic in nature. Her last film appearance was in the 1993 film The Sorority House Murders, and her last TV appearance was in the made-for-TV film Here Come the Munsters in 1995. (Click here for the original article)