Yvonne De Carlo, 1951 (Wikimedia Commons/Universal Studios)
Yvonne De Carlo might be hard to recognize without the black and grey hair or vampire makeup that made her a star as Lily on The Munsters, but a trained eye can spot her in dozens of films from Hollywood's golden age, including The Ten Commandments. In addition to her success as an actress, De Carlo also was a talented opera singer and a shining star in many Broadway musicals. But it was her role as the immortal matriarch of The Munsters that she is most remembered by, and through Lily Munster she will keep on enchanting new fans for years to come. We remember her remarkable life today, as well as the lives of other notable persons who died on this day in history.
2013: Jeanne Manford, U.S. gay rights activist who co-founded PFLAG, a group for parents and friends of gay children, dies at 92.
2011: John Roll, U.S. federal judge from Arizona, was shot and killed at the event being held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at 63.
Roll, 63, was appointed to the federal bench in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush. Roll previously served as a state trial judge and as a judge on the midlevel Arizona Court of appeals. He previously worked as a county and state prosecutor. Named chief judge for Arizona in 2006, Roll pushed for the placement of more judges on the court's bench as border violence has swelled the district's caseload. Read more
2008: Clyde Otis, U.S. songwriter and music producer and the first African-American artists-and-repertoire executive for a major label, dies at 83.
2007: Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian actress who appeared in film and television roles and played Lily Munster in The Munsters, dies at 84.
By the early '60s, De Carlo's movie career was starting to dry up. She played a bit role here and there, but she might have faded into obscurity if it weren't for the good luck that brought her to The Munsters. A whole new generation got to know her … and think of her as a mother figure. Decades after The Munsters first aired and years after De Carlo's death, she's still one of our favorite TV moms. Read more
2007: Jane Bolin, the first African-American woman to graduate Yale Law School and the first African-American female judge, dies at 98.
2004: John A. Gambling, U.S. radio talk show host of The John Gambling Show, dies at 73.
2002: Dave Thomas, U.S. fast-food hamburger entrepreneur who founded the Wendy's restaurant chain, dies at 69.
Thomas is a familiar face to many, thanks to the long-running series of commercials in which he starred. His folksy, self-effacing persona caught the public’s eye and helped make his restaurants successful. We know Dave Thomas as the guy who chatted with us about burgers and salads, but there was a lot more to him than that – from his work to promote adoption awareness, to a strong commitment to education. Read more
1997: George Handy, U.S. jazz pianist who was best known for his bebop arrangements, dies at 76.
1996: Howard Taubman, U.S. music and theater critic for the New York Times, dies at 88.
1996: Francois Mitterrand, president of France from 1981 to1995, dies of cancer at 79.
1995: Carlos Monzon, Argentine middleweight boxing champion from 1970 to1977, dies in a car crash at 52.
1994: Pat Buttram, U.S. actor best known as Mr. Haney in the TV sitcom Green Acres, dies of kidney failure at 78.
1994: Harvey Haddix, U.S. Major League Baseball pitcher and three-time All-Star who was best known for pitching a perfect 12-inning game for the Pittsburgh Pirates only to see them lose in the 13th, dies at 68.
1991: Steve Clark, British guitarist for the rock band Def Leppard, dies of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose at 30.
1989: Kenneth McMillan, U.S. actor who appeared in Serpico, dies at 56.
1981: Woody Chamblis, U.S. character actor who played Mr. Lathrop in Gunsmoke, dies at 66.
1978: Walter Kiernan, TV game show host of I've Got a Secret and other early television game shows, dies at 75.
1958: Paul Pilgrim, U.S. Olympic athlete who won three gold medals at the 1904 and 1906 summer Olympics, dies at 74.
1642: Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer known as the father of modern astronomy, dies at 77.