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|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Marilyn Hanold|
|Succeeded by||Clayre Peters|
August 26, 1928
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||circa 2010 (aged ~82)
Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||105 lb (48 kg; 7.5 st)|
Early life and career
Vickers was born Yvette Iola Vedder in Kansas City, Missouri, and she was the daughter of jazz musician Charles Vedder. During her youth, she traveled with her parents to their various performances. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles and studied journalism. While at the university, she took a class in acting and discovered that she enjoyed it, so she changed her major to drama. While at UCLA, she began making television commercials. She later moved to New York City to model for White Rain shampoo advertisements, but she eventually returned to California to pursue an acting career.
Her first movie appearance is listed under the name "Yvette Vedder" in Sunset Boulevard (1950), although she was not listed in the production credits. She made her first movie appearance under the Vickers name in Short Cut to Hell (1957), which was directed by James Cagney. In the same year, she starred in American International Pictures' Reform School Girl. Her image was used for the movie's theatrical poster, and it depicted her and Gloria Castillo fighting each other. The poster has subsequently become a collector's item.
In 1958, she appeared in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman as Honey Parker, in which she plays the role of the town floozy who has an affair with Harry Archer (William Hudson), who is married to Nancy Archer (Allison Hayes). The following year she played the role of Liz Walker in Attack of the Giant Leeches. During the same period, she also made a number of appearances on TV shows.
She appeared as the Playboy Playmate of the Month in the July 1959 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Russ Meyer. She also appeared in several other men's magazines. Her film roles began to decrease around this time. She did play some small parts in films from 1962 onward, including a small role in Hud (1963). Her last role was in Evil Spirits, a 1991 horror film.
Vickers was also a singer, and, in the 1990s, she released a jazz tribute to her parents on CD called A Tribute to Charlie and Maria. In 2005, she visited Canada for the first time to appear at the Toronto Classic Movie Festival. She appears with interviewer Tom Weaver on the audio commentary track of the 2007 DVD release of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. She had been writing her autobiography before her death.
In 1953, Vickers married Don Prell, but they were divorced by 1957. Her second marriage was in 1959 to Leonard Burns, but they were divorced in 1961. Her third marriage was to Tom Howland from 1967 to 1969. Vickers never had any children. Although she never remarried after Howland, Vickers had a long-term relationship with actor Jim Hutton. She was also rumored to have had affairs with Lee Marvin and Cary Grant. Many of her modeling photos were taken in a 1920s-vintage house in Benedict Canyon, California, where she lived for decades. In her later years, she was described by neighbors as a private person, but always friendly. She also received many letters from fans.
Vickers was last seen alive in 2010. She had withdrawn from her extended family, and her mummified body was discovered on April 27, 2011 in her Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles home at 10021 Westwanda Drive by actress and neighbor Susan Savage, who had not seen her for some time. The date of her death is unknown, but forensic scientists concluded that she may have been dead for as long as a year before the discovery of her body. There were no signs of foul play, and after an autopsy, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to have been heart failure resulting from coronary artery disease. Her remains were cremated. Hugh Hefner deplored Vickers' death, saying it was sad that she was able to die and not have friends who would be aware of it immediately.
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