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Mummified Corpse of Former Playboy Playmate and Actress Discovered in Her Beverly Hills Home

Yvette Vickers
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Yvette Vickers was a blond-haired, blue-eyed model who graced the coveted centerfold of Playboy magazine in July 1959. Sadly, the mummified corpse of the 1928-born beauty has been discovered inside her Beverly Hills home, and "investigators believe the state of her body suggests she may have been dead for close to a year," according to TMZ.The pin-up model and singer was the daughter of a jazz musician. She came to Los Angeles to be a writer, and studied at UCLA, where she "was discovered by the advertising industry and began making commercials," per her Wikipedia bio. Despite a brief move to New York to model, Vickers returned to L.A. to pursue an acting career; her breakthrough role came in 1958 in Attack of the 50-Foot-Woman.

Vickers' body was discovered by a neighbor, Susan Savage, who noticed yellowing mail in the mailbox and cobwebs on the porch of her longtime Westwanda Drive home, according to LA Now. The actress was described as a recluse, and her home had become dilapidated in recent years. Savage broke into the property out of concern for Vickers, and recounts a difficult experience of moving inside the cluttered home. Though she knew Vickers, Savage said her "remains were unrecognizable."

The Los Angeles County coroner's office will determine the cause of death, however they do not suspect foul play.