Yvonne De Carlo Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Husband

Yvonne De Carlo Net Worth At Death

Yvonne De Carlo had an estimated net worth of $3 million at death. Yvonne De Carlo was a Canadian-born American actress, singer, and dancer with a seven-decade career. She was a brunette with blue-grey eyes, a voluptuous figure, and a deep sultry voice who was one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars and an early multihyphenate. She earned the majority of her income from her roles in movies, album sales, and concerts. 

She began dancing lessons when she was three years old and spent her late teens performing in nightclubs and on stage. She made her film debut in 1941 as an uncredited extra in the comedy ‘Harvard, Here I Come.’

She played the titular character in the 1945 western drama ‘Salome, Where She Danced’ after appearing in several other films in the same role. Her next significant role was in ‘Song of Scheherazade’ in 1947, which, while advancing her career, typecast her as an Arabian Nights-style temptress dressed in harem attire.

Despite this, she worked extensively in the comedy and western genres, and was a regular on the 1960s sitcom ‘The Munsters.’ ‘Yvonne De Carlo Sings,’ her first and only album, was released in 1957.

She made a relatively easy transition from being a character actor to being active and compelling well into her 70s as she aged. De Carlo was honored with two separate stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 for her contributions to film and television.

To calculate Yvonne De Carlo’s net worth, add up all of her assets and subtract her debts, also known as liabilities.

Yvonne De Carlo’s assets include everything she owns, such as the amount of money in her checking or savings account, real estate equity, savings and investment plans, and items with a clear market value (car, jewelry, clothes, art, etc.).

All outstanding debts, including the remaining balance on her home, car, business or personal loan, credit card debt, back taxes, and anything else she still owes, are included in her liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Yvonne De Carlo
Net Worth: $3 Million
Monthly Salary: $30 Thousand
Annual Income: $400 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Actress, Singer

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Early Life

Margaret Yvonne Middleton was born on September 1, 1922, in West Point Grey, British Columbia, Canada, to parents William Middleton and Marie De Carlo. Her father’s ancestors were English, and her mother’s ancestors were Italian and Scottish.

She was raised in Vancouver’s West End neighborhood by her mother and her Presbyterian maternal grandparents after her father abandoned the family when she was three years old.

She attended Lord Roberts Elementary School before moving on to King Edward High School. Her mother enrolled her in the June Roper School of Dance in Vancouver, which led to her acceptance into the prestigious B.C. School of Dancing.


Yvonne De Carlo’s mother was instrumental in preparing her for the glamorous life. Marie traveled to Los Angeles with her daughter so that she could compete in several beauty pageants. This is when she met American showman Nils Granlund, who hired her at the Florentine Gardens and offered her sponsorship after she was detained by US immigration officials in January 1941.

She left Florentine Gardens after a year to pursue a career as an actress. After her first film, ‘Harvard, Here I Come,’ she had a string of uncredited roles. She remained active in the Los Angeles nightclub scene despite her lack of immediate theatrical success.

She appeared in two revues in 1941, ‘Hollywood Revels’ and ‘Glamour over Hollywood,’ as well as the three-minute Soundies musical ‘The Lamp of Memory’ in 1942. During WWII, she also performed for US servicemen.

She signed with Paramount Pictures as Dorothy Lamour’s backup in 1942 and continued to play uncredited roles in films such as ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ (1943), ‘Let’s Face It’ (1943), and ‘So Proudly We Hail!’ (1943). De Carlo was lent to Republic Pictures for the 1943 film ‘The Deerslayer,’ in which she played Wah-Tah, a young native American woman.

She was reportedly chosen from over 20,000 applicants to play the protagonist in the Technicolor production ‘Salome, Where She Danced.’ Despite receiving negative reviews from critics, the film was a box office success. Her long-term contract with Universal Pictures was announced with the release of the film.

She went on to appear in a number of films, including ‘Frontier Gal’ (1946), ‘Black Bart’ (1948), ‘Casbah’ (1948), ‘Criss Cross’ (1949), ‘Calamity Jane and Sam Bass’ (1949), ‘The Gal Who Took the West’ (1950), and the British film ‘Hotel Sahara’ (1951).

She signed a new contract with Universal in 1951, and she also worked for other production companies. She co-starred in ‘Silver City’ (1951) with Edmund O’Brien, ‘Scarlet Angel’ (1952) and ‘Sea Devils’ (1953) with Rock Hudson, ‘The Captain’s Paradise’ (1953) with Alec Guinness, and ‘Shotgun’ (1954) with Sterling Hayden (1955).

Following the enormous success of ‘The Ten Commandments,’ she co-starred in ‘Band of Angels’ (1957) with Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier, appeared in the French film ‘Timbuktu’ (1958), and portrayed Mary Magdalene in ‘The Sword and the Cross.’ After her stuntman husband was injured on the set of ‘How the West Was Won!’ in 1963, John Wayne cast her as Louise Warren in ‘McLintock!’ (1963).

The role in the television series ‘The Munsters’ (1964-66) came at a time when she was deeply in debt. She played Lily Munster, the vampire matriarch of the Munster family. Despite its brief run, the show has become regarded as a classic. In the 1966 horror-comedy ‘Munster, Go Home,’ De Carlo reprised her role.

She successfully pursued a parallel singing career. She released the singles ‘I Love a Man’ / ‘Say Goodbye’ in 1950, ‘Take It Or Leave It’ / ‘Three Little Stars’ (1955), and ‘That’s Love’ / ‘The Secret of Love’ in 1958, in addition to her 1957 LP ‘Yvonne De Carlo Sings.’

Her voice and dance background resulted in a successful theatre career as well. She appeared in Off-Broadway shows such as “Pal Joey” and “Catch Me If You Can.” Harold Prince’s production of ‘Follies’ was her most notable stage work (1971-72).

Toward the end of her career, she appeared in ‘Black Fire’ (1975), ‘The Munsters’ Revenge’ (1981), ‘American Gothic’ (1988), ‘The Naked Truth’ (1992), and ‘Here Come the Munsters’ (1995). The last film she appeared in was Disney’s ‘The Barefoot Executive’ (1995).

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Major Works

In the American biblical epic film ‘The Ten Commandments,’ Yvonne De Carlo was cast as Sephora opposite Charlton Heston’s Moses. When it was first released in October 1956, the film grossed $122.7 million at the box office and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Critics lauded De Carlo’s performance, with ‘The New York Times’ Bosley Crowther calling it “notably good.”

Awards & Achievements

Yvonne De Carlo received two BoxOffice Blue Ribbon Awards in 1957 and 1964 for her roles in ‘The Ten Commandments’ and ‘McLintock!’

She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960. Her television star is at 6715 Hollywood Boulevard, while her movie star is at 6124 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 1987, she won the Fantafestival Award for Best Actress for her performance in ‘American Gothic.’

Personal Life & Husband

Yvonne De Carlo was associated with a number of powerful men during her early career, including industrialist Howard Hughes and actor Robert Stack.

Before meeting stuntman Robert Drew “Bob” Morgan on the set of ‘Shotgun’ in 1955, she was even briefly engaged to actor Howard Duff. Morgan was married at the time, and De Carlo had no intention of jeopardizing their marriage.

After Morgan’s wife died, they became close and married on November 21, 1955, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Reno, Nevada. They had two sons, Bruce (born in 1956) and Michael Morgan (1957). In 1973, the marriage ended in divorce.

She became a naturalized US citizen and campaigned for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford as a conservative Republican.


Yvonne De Carlo was rushed to the hospital in 1998 after suffering a stroke. She spent her final years at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, where she died on January 8, 2007, of heart failure. She was cremated in accordance with her wishes. Her son Bruce was her only surviving child; her other son, Michael, died in 1997.

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