"So…everyone keeps saying that Lily Munster passed away.
Wait a minute, strike that. She was already dead, a vampire in fact… with lots of powers and life eternal. She lived hundreds of years.
She epitomizes the Vampire Bride look, and oh, she looks oh so wonderful in her flowing gossamer gown. She is Iconic, with white streaks in her hair, her pale green complexion…and who can forget that BAT-MEDALLION?
And everyone keeps saying she died. No…she's undead. She can't die, unlike her mortal soul-mate, Morticia Addams, Lily is a creature of the night. When Carolyn Jones passed away I felt very sad, as Morticia Addams had died…but with Lily…well. As Prof. Lampini, (Uncle Forry himself would say) Lily lives eternal.
Yvonne De Carlo was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 1, 1922 as Peggy (or Margaret- depending on who you ask) Middleton. She was a natural talent and spent the early part of her career singing and dancing in chorus lines. She struggled through countless bit-parts, in numerous minor roles and as many breathtaking bathing beauties. Her break-out role was the title role in Universal's Salome Where She Danced and she continued her rise to the Hollywood elite playing many major westerns and even crossed the desert with Moses (Charlton Heston) in The Ten Commandments. She took the role of Lily Munster in 1964 and never imagined it would be her signature role, her legacy.
Lily Munster became a cultural icon and along with the great ensemble cast of Herman, Grandpa, Eddie and Marilyn, they will live forever, remain ageless…never changing and never leaving our group consciousness.
Lily: Herman tried to build a ship inside a bottle. We had to break the bottle to get him out.
Yes, Yvonne De Carlo died…but we still have Lily. We'll always have Lily, and thankfully there's a whole lot of that Peggy Yvonne Middleton left on the screen…
Iwao Takamoto began his career as an Assistant Animator for Disney from 1947 until 1960, where he worked on Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty as an assistant to Milt Kahl.
In 1962 Iwao went to work for Hanna-Barbera. He began as a Layout Artist and Layout Designer on shows that include: The Flintstones, Quick Draw McGraw, Loopy de Loop, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Secret Squirrel, Moby Dick and The Mighty Mightor. He was the Art Director for Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! and The Snorks.
He was the Production Designer on The New Adventures of Huck Finn, Wacky Races, Dastardly and Muttley and Their Flying Machines, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, The Cattanooga Cats, Where's Huddles?, Josie and the Pussycats, The Harlem Globetrotters, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and Yogi's Space Race. He was Producer on Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Devlin, The Partridge Family: 2000 A.D., Hong Kong Phooey and Clue Club. He was Creative Producer on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, Inch High Private Eye, Super Friends, Jeannie, Yogi's Gang, The Addams Family, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, The New Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, A Flintstone Christmas, Fred Flintstone and Friends, The Great Grape Ape Show, The All-New Super Friends Hour, Dynomutt Dog Wonder, Challenge of the Super Friends, Dinky Dog, The All-New Popeye Hour, The Kwicky Koala Show and The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour.
He was the Director on Charlotte's Web.
He was Creative Designer on The New Fred and Barney Show, The Smurfs, GoBots: War of the Rock Lords, Yogi's Great Escape, Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Hägar the Horrible and Jetsons: The Movie.