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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 August 1928Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 2010Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameIola Yvette Vedder
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born on August 26, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, Yvette Vickers majored in picture and theatre arts at UCLA for three years. On a trip to New York in the mid-1950s, she was cast as the White Rain Girl in commercials. She returned to the West Coast, working in various television series until she debuted in her first movie, Short Cut to Hell (1957), James Cagney's first directing effort. She played Allison Hayes' slatternly rival in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) and Bruno VeSota's slatternly wife in Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959). After doing a half dozen more movies through the end of the 1950s, the blonde, blue-eyed actress appeared once in 1963 in Hud (1963), in What's the Matter with Helen? (1971), and in the television movie The Dead Don't Die (1975).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

Spouse (3)

Tom Howland (1967 - 1969) (divorced)
Leonard Burns (13 June 1959 - 12 June 1961) (divorced)
Donald G. Prell (22 October 1953 - 1957) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Blonde hair and blue eyes
Lisp, breathless voice
Voluptuous figure

Trivia (9)

Playboy Playmate of the Month July 1959.
Her musician/song-writing parents recorded quite a few 45-RPM records in the 1950s and 1960s. Their group was billed as The Chuck Vedder Trio, and they put out primarily rock-and-roll and jazz instrumentals. Yvette, a singer on the side, released a jazz CD in the 1990s called "Tribute to Charlie and Maria" that showcased some of her parents' songs. Both parents passed away in the 1990s.
Divorced twice, she had an on-and-off 15-year relationship with the late actor Jim Hutton, the father of Timothy Hutton.
Once up for a lead role in Lana Turner's Imitation of Life (1959).
Stephen King, in his book "Stephen King: On Writing", cited her as one of his movie matinée idols.
Interviewed in the book "Invasion of the B-Girls" by Jewel Shepard.
Her father Charles Vedder was a jazz saxophonist.
She was discovered by neighbor Susan Savage in April 2011. The state of her body suggested that she had been dead for close to a year.
Best remembered for her role as Honey Parker in the cult classic Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958).

Personal Quotes (3)

I always knew I wanted to try for a career in pictures, so I studied drama and worked in little theaters. But I was impatient for a talent scout to discover me. When I was 16 I bleached my hair as a bid for attention. I didn't know how to go about this and made many mistakes. Instead of taking weeks, I applied peroxide and ammonia three times in seven days and my hair got just like straw. My scalp had sore places all over. Even the color was horrid - an artificial orange that was unbecoming. It is interesting to me how much hair influences your personality. Men expect a blonde to be more frivolous and less intelligent.
[after marrying actor Tom Howland in Las Vegas] Tom is a Chicago actor now in Hollywood. We met about six weeks ago and fell very much in love, so we just went and got married. We hope to do a play together.
[about ex-husband Leonard Burns] Leonard ended all our arguments with the statement, "You are not worthy of me". I began to think that I was some kind of an inferior being.

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