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Wednesday
May042011

50 Foot Woman (RIP)

Though I can't remember why I was watching Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) a few months back and thinking of maybe writing something up on it. (I thought I'd look at the 1990s Daryl Hannah remake too.) Needless to say that never came to fruition but this morning I read some horrific news. Yvette Vickers, the star of that infamous Bad Movie People Love about an angry adulteress who rampages once she's giantized, was found dead this week in her home in Benedict Canyon. She was 82ish.

The worst part of the story is this gruesome detail: her body was mummified indicating she'd been dead for a long time, possibly a year. That nobody checked in for that length of time -- neither friend nor neighbor (she had no surviving family members) -- is scarier than any horror movie.

Her first film appearance was in the showbiz classic, Sunset Boulevard. May she rest easier than those Hollywood ghosts.

 

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Reader Comments (3)

So weird, yesterday I was picking movie posters I like for on my door and unkowingly I picked 'attack of the 50 ft woman' because I loved it. Now it just hangs there and I'm afraid it wil give me nightmares.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNina

I was horrified too!

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Poor Yvette.... Death is inevitable and all, I get that. But its the way we die sometimes that is so astounding tragic.. For an entire year no one checked in on her or even realized she was gone. Hope she went peacefully :(

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDakota
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