Who Is Yvette Vickers?
The B-movie actress' mummified body was found in Los Angeles last week.
What is believed to be the mummified body of B-movie actress Yvette Vickers, 82, was found last week in her Los Angeles home. Who is Vickers, and what are the details surrounding her death?
1. Officials aren't sure it's actually Vickers' body, and tell the Associated Press it may take a week to positively identify it. Found near the body: A space heater set to "on," a powered-up computer and spiderwebs six to eight feet long hanging from the ceiling. She could have died "anywhere from a few months to a year ago," Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.
2. A neighbor crawled through the window of Vickers' Benedict Canyon home when she became concerned about trash blocking the door and envelopes piling up in the mail. After seeing the body, "I just screamed," she told the AP. "I got out of there right away."
3. Vickers starred in the 1950s films Attack of the 50-Foot Woman and Attack of the Giant Leeches. Her other credits include the 1963 Paul Newman movie Hud and 1971's What's the Matter With Helen? with Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters and Dennis Weaver.
4. She got her big break in the 1950s when she was cast as the "White Rain Girl" in commercials.
5. She made her film debut in 1957's Short Cut to Hell, James Cagney's directorial debut.
6. She was Playboy's playmate of the month in July 1959.
7. Her last acting credit was 1990's straight-to-DVD movie Evil Spirits.