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Yvette Vickers Undressed

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Yvette Vickers (born August 26, 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri) was a blond-haired, blue-eyed American actress, pin-up model, and singer.

She was the daughter of the jazz musicians Charles Vedder and his wife Iola. During her youth she traveled with her parents on the road. She decided to become a writer and took classes at UCLA in journalism. As a filler she took a class in acting and discovered she enjoyed it, so she changed her major to drama.

While at UCLA she was discovered by the advertising industry and began making commercials. She moved to New York to become the "White Rain Girl", but decided to return to California in order to enter the film industry.

Her first movie appearance was as Yvette Vedder in
''Sunset Boulevard'' (1950), although the role was minor and she was uncredited. In 1953 she was married to Don Prell, but they were divorced by 1957. She made her first movie appearance under her own name in ''Short Cut to Hell'' (1957). In 1958 she appeared in ''Attack of the 50 Foot Woman'' as Honey Parker. 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 in TV shows.

In 1959 she appeared as the ''Playboy'' Playmate of the Month for the July issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Russ Meyer. She also appeared in several other men's magazines.

Her second marriage was in 1959 to Leonard Burns, but they were divorced the same year. Her film career began to wind down at about that point. She did play some small parts in films from 1962 onward. Her last appearance was in ''Evil Spirits'', a 1991 horror film.

Being a singer on the side, during the 1990s Yvette released a jazz tribute CD for her parents that was called "Tribute to Charlie and Maria". In 2005, she visited Canada for the first time to appear at the Toronto Classic Movie Festival.


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