What a way to go…The mummified remains of what is believed to be Yvette Vickers, star of the ’50s horror classic Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, were found badly decomposed in her Beverly Hills mansion last week.
It was neighbor Susan Savage, also an actress, who made the grisly discovery on Wednesday. Vickers, a quiet woman who “kept to herself,” had not been seen out and about around the neighborhood since last summer, Savage told The Los Angeles Times. After discovering that cobwebs had formed over the former actress’ mailbox, she decided to make her way into the house.
“The letters seemed untouched and were starting to yellow. I just had a bad feeling.”
Upon entry, she found a electric heater still running and a cordless phone off the hook, before stumbling upon what is believed to be Vickers’ unrecognizable remains. Police suspect the 82-year-old could have been lying dead in her home from several months to a year before Savage found the body after climbing through a broken window.
“She kept to herself, had friends and seemed like a very independent spirit. To the end she still got cards and letter from all over the world requesting photos and still wanting to be her friend,” said Savage, who remembers Vickers as an elegant lady with a “warm smile.” “We’ve all been crying about this. Nobody should be left alone like that.”
A men’s mag favorite in her heyday, Vickers was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month back in July 1959. â€‹According to her IMDB profile, Vickers attended LA’s prestigious UCLA for three years before landing a commercial spot as the White Rain Girl in a shampoo commercial. She went on to find success as a B-movie actress, lending her screen talents to several Hollywood thrillers of the era, such as Attack of the Leeches and What’s the Matter With Helen? Her most notable role, however, would come as star of Nathan H Juran’s 1958 cult horror flick Attack of the 50ft Woman.
Authorities do not suspect foul play. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is still trying to make a positive identification and determine how Vickers died.