Friday, May 6, 2011

THE DREAMER HAS AWAKED: Yvette Vickers (1928-2011)

The badly decomposed,  mummified body of horror film icon Yvette Vickers was found by a neighbor on May 2nd after noticing a maibox full of yellowing mail at her poorly maintained Los Angeles residence.  It  barely seemed an end befitting her status as the sexy star of such films as ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (1958) and ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES (1959).  That she also appeared in an uncredited role in the classic noir SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)  and was photographed by breastmania director Russ Meyer for Playboy magazine in 1959 only furthered her cult status.  She apparently lived a very private life,  but continued contact with her fans through horror convention appearances.  It was in later years that her hermetic life pushed her into the paranoia that would prove fatal.  Her death is not considered suspicious,  but an autopsy report is still pending.  Though now gone,  floozy "Honey Parker"  will continue to thrill DVD viewers with her flirtatious dancing,  persuasive scheming,  and as the frightened victim of a tremendous finely manicured rubber hand.

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