The Town Scryer is a mixed bag of humor, socio-political observations and ephemera from the perspective of a eclectic Pagan veteran of the counter-culture.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Little Piece of My Childhood Has Died

    When I was a young boy growing up in Sacramento California in the  60s I would watch the creature feature every Saturday night.

The films ranged from the classics from the thirties starring Karloff or Lugosi to the second wave of sci-fi and horror that arose in the 50s and 60s such as "The Crawling Eye" or "Attack of the Mushroom People" or "Attack of the 50ft. Woman". This rite of my youth as I was just entering into adolescence formed many a pleasant memory of warm summer nights laying on the floor with an enormous bowl of popcorn watching the old black and white TV.

I just read today that Yvette Vickers, the former Playboy Playmate and star of "Attack of the 50ft. Woman" was found dead in her home in Beverly Hills. Her body was mummified and it is thought that she may have been dead for as much as a year before the body was discovered by a neighbor who pushed through a mountain of letters and unopened fan mail found her body lying beside a heater that was still running.
Neighbour Susan Savage said: "We've all been crying about this. Nobody should be left alone like that. She kept to herself, had friends and seemed very independent."

     A sad end for the former Miss July 1959 who was rumored to have had relationships with Lee Marvin and Cary Grant. She had a good role in "Hud" with Paul Newman, but most of her scenes were cut when Joanne Woodward became jealous.

     Surrounded by fan mail yet no one knew she had died.

     How terribly sad.

    She was 82.

    Bob Wilkins passed a little over two years ago as well, a victim of Alzheimer's disease.


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