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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Venus Passing: Yvette Vickers (1928-2010/11)

We had a post about the gorgeous Yvette Vickers a while ago who posed for one of the most provocative Playboy centrefolds ever, for July 1959. 

Sadly, we have just found out that she has been discovered dead at her Hollywood home at the age of 82.

Whilst this is a good age, tragically she may have been dead for up to a year and no-one noticed until a neighbour forced her way into the house having spotted a build up of yellowing post.  Apparently her heaters were still on which had left her body "mummified".

A sad and lonely end for a beautiful woman.

Here at Venus Observations we do realise that beauty is transitory which is why we celebrate those artists who catch and preserve it forever for the benefit of the rest of us.

So we will remember Yvette in her prime (which was over thirty at the time) as photographed (largely) by Russ Meyer in 1959.


  1. She was a beauty. When I was in college, I wrote a column about an old man who was found dead in his house after being there for a long time (perhaps it was a year--can't remember). His body was preserved also because his electric bill was paid automatically, thus keeping the system going. When it was finally shut off, people started noticing the smell...and then found him. What a lonely man he must have been. It makes me realize that we don't take the time to get to know our neighbors anymore because our lives are so "busy," when we should pay more attention to the people around us.

  2. Funnily enough we were discussing the neighbours issue the other day. It's a combination of everyone driving everywhere rather than walking from their houses (must be worse in America-I still walk a mile to the train station most days), the fact much entertainment is now internal (copmuters, TV, etc)and that people move houses a lot more often.

  3. I agree with everything you said about the fleetness of beauty and the sadness of Ms. Vickers situation.
    But I have looked at both posts you have on this blog, and for the life of me, am uncertain which image (if any) is the centerfold you referred to.
    Could you please elaborate on that.
    Thanks in advance.

  4. Very sad how she passed . . . thank you sincerely for these pics of her, though. I have been a huge fan of her July 1959 centerfold and have had difficulty finding such generously-sized photos until I stumbled upon your blog.

  5. A truly sad demise for an real beauty, how does somebody lose touch with society like that.

    BTW, that centrefold landed when I was 1 month old and I think that's worth celebrating. ;-)