Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PTA Blues Video Tribute to Yvette Vickers

Something snaps when an actress loses her looks and her career falters.  It doesn’t happen all the time, but a very sad fall from grace for some girls is all too common – especially when their career was almost exclusively based on their sex appeal.  Once their male audiences lose interest, things go downhill fast.

Yvette Vickers had appeared in Sunset Boulevard (1950) and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman before making a splash as the centerfold in a 1959 issue of Playboy.  Hugh Heffner has stated that he was genuinely concerned a major lawsuit would result from Yvette’s bare behind, but nothing materialized. In the years that followed, Yvette bounced from B-movie to B-movie, making appearances on the convention circuit before fading into obscurity.

Those that knew her in her later years say she was paranoid and delusional, ultimately becoming a total recluse.  Then, in 2011, a disturbing discovery: Yvette’s mummified remains were found in her apartment – she had been dead for over a year!  Yvette lived a full life, but her later years were lonely and sad.


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