Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cape for the Vampire Ball-Yvonne DeCarlo and Lily Munster understand

1979 Nocturna Granddaughter of Dracula
Movie poster 11x17 Yvonne DeCarlo John Carradine
Yvonne De Carlo can help you get ready for a costume party or for the Vampire Ball

Many vampire balls and dances take place in October at Halloween-time. Some are held in conjunction with conventions or events like film festivals. How do you pick what you'll wear? 

Are you preparing for a fancy dress party, an important costume contest? Capes are back in style, so you'll be right on trend wearing your own version of a cape.

A flowing cape like the one she wore as Lily Munster could make just the statement you want. You can get a cape like the one Lily wore and be the knockout of any party. 

On January 26th you can bid on the actual cape that Ms. De Carlo wore on the series. 
Clark Gable and Yvonne De Carlo 1957
On Set of Band of Angels

Film also starred Sidney Poitier

Ms. De Carlo had an impressive film, stage and television career. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

She received both stars on February 8, 1960.

Her star for television is located at 6715 Hollywood Blvd. 

Other nearby stars are those of Ken Niles & Dr. Frank C Baxter, Fred Allen, Dorothy Dandridge, George Reeves and Harry Belafonte.

Her star for motion pictures is located at: 6124 Hollywood Blvd. 

Those nearby are Edna Best & John Raitt, Martha Scott, Gracie Fields, Rock Hudson and Ralph Edwards.
In 1957 she released LP of standards Yvonne De Carlo Sings orchestrated by John Williams. 

The CD contains 10 songs including: I Got it Bad, In The Blue Of the Evening, Little Girl Blue, Blue Moon, My Blue Heaven & Mood Indigo and Am I Blue?

Maybe she, like Alfred Hitchcock and George Carlin, couldn't help but follow the call of the color blue?

In the episode Far Out Munsters Lily plays harp and sings He’s Gone Away. 

In 1971 Yvonne De Carlo was the original Carlotta Campion on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.

Lily drives away wearing her cape
Are they off to a party?
11x14 Photograph High Quality
Can you imagine having the actual cape that was worn on the television show?
How and where would you display such a gorgeous item?

An Yvonne De Carlo Lily Munster cape from The Munsters is being auctioned off by Bonhams Auction House on January 26, 2014.
An excerpt from their description:
"Black polyester cape with red interior, hood, and black ties at neck. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Vincent Dee, the show's Costume Supervisor, stating that he was given this cape by De Carlo at the end of the series. Provenance: Profiles in History, Hollywood Auction 26, lot 703." 
This is part of their Entertainment Memorabilia and Animation Art auction.

They're expecting $2,000-$3,000 for this cross-collectible piece of television memorabilia. Update: The Lily Munster cape was sold for $3,125.
The Coffin Cape Black/Red is more budget-friendly. It's made of black polyester with red satin lining that is gathered for a ruche effect. This full-length hooded cape is secured with a tie closure at the neck. 

You'll remember Lily Munster wore something similar to this when she was going out. If you're in a Gothic mood, choose this cape.

Wear it in August to celebrate Mary Shelley's birthday. Maybe on Frankenstein Friday in October? This will help bring out the vampire, or maybe just the vamp, in you. Wear it to work unexpectedly and no one will mess with you.

A black and red version of the cape for the guys is also available.

What other characters are known for wearing capes? Of course, superheroes like Superman and Batman. How about Count Dracula and Sherlock Holmes?? 

Another famous red cape was worn by Bette Davis in the film Now, Voyager with Claude Rains and Paul Henreid. It had glittering butterflies. The cape is, or at least has been, on display at the Smithsonian. 

1952, De Carlo in Scarlet Angel with Rock Hudson, Amanda Blake
Catfight Bar Brawl Lobby Card
Yvonne's chr is "a Larcenous saloon queen"

In Scarlet Angel, she had a cat fight with two other women. Always a popular scene in a movie or TV show. It was featured in magazines as well as posters to promote the film.
Yvonne DeCarlo Catfight Clipping Magazine

Related Pages of Interest:

The Mystery of the Fregosi Emerald

Frankenstein Trivia/Costumes : TV Dads Series: Herman Munster

Retro TV actors playing dual roles with different hair colors, classic TV costumes

Lily Munster : TV Moms Series

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