Actress Yvonne De Carlo, best known as vampire Lily Munster in US sitcom The Munsters, has died aged 84.
Born Peggy Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, Canada, De Carlo was raised in poverty and dropped out of high school.
After winning a beauty contest, she landed bit parts in Hollywood and later graduated to leading lady status.
Film studio Paramount initially signed her, it was said, because she resembled its major star, Dorothy Lamour, and executives wanted to warn Lamour she could be replaced.
Her first starring role was in 1945's Salome - Where She Danced, where she played a ballerina who became a spy in the wild west. The film was a box office success and, with her star on the rise, De Carlo won roles opposite Burt Lancaster in the film noir Criss Cross and Clark Gable in Band of Angels.. But for TV viewers, she will be best remembered as Lily Munster.
"It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn't have had otherwise," she said when it ended.
"She was the vampire mom to millions of baby boomers," said long-time friend and television producer Kevin Burns. "But it would be a shame if that's the only way she is remembered. She was also one of the biggest beauty queens of the '40s and '50s. This was one of the great glamour queens of Hollywood, one of the last ones."