She was a cult star in the '50s, a 36"-24"-36" beauty who once graced the pages of Playboy magazine and starred in a number of B-movies like Attack of the 50-Foot Woman and Attack of the Giant Leeches. Yvette Vickers had affairs with Hollywood leading men Lee Marvin and Cary Grant, and reportedly had most of her scenes cut from the Paul Newman film Hud when Newman's wife Joanne Woodward objected to the smoking onscreen chemistry between Yvette and her husband.
Even in her aging years, the reclusive Yvette Vickers still had a fan base. According to one of her neighbors, "To the end she still got cards and letter[s] from all over the world requesting photos and still wanting to be her friend."
It was probably that fan mail that finally led to suspicions about her dilapidated Los Angeles home last week, when piles of yellowing, cobwebbed letters were spotted in her mailbox. Inside, police discovered 82-year-old Vickers' body—badly decomposed, with a small heater still running nearby.
The remains of the actress were so mummified, police couldn't initially identify the gender of the body. They believe Vickers may have been dead for close to a year.
Foul play is not suspected, but it certainly sounds like a lonely death for a tragically isolated woman. It's hard to believe a person could just disappear inside their home for that long, isn't it?
Of her B-movie status, Vickers once said,
I did want to play other kinds of parts and to go on into bigger pictures, but these things just eluded me.
I hope the fans who loved those movies gave her some cheer towards the end of her life. There's just something immeasurably sad about being so withdrawn from the world that no one even notices when you leave it.
R.I.P., Ms. Vickers.
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