Reporter Talks About His Mummified B-Movie Actress Story

In the February issue of Los Angeles magazine, Steve Mikulan takes an in-depth look under the headline “Left Behind” at the late Yvette Vickers. The actress best known for her role in 1958’s Attack of the 50 Foot Woman made sad, international headlines last spring after her mummified body was discovered at home in Benedict Canyon.

Via a Web extra conversation with the magazine’s executive editor Matthew Segal, Mikulan provides some interesting framing info. For example, here’s how this forgotten member of Hollywood was able to continue to support herself, in lieu of residuals and such:

“For someone of her middling stature, she could probably count on $25 a pop for a signed 8-by-10. Apparently, though, this was enough to sustain her at some level of comfort.”

Mikulan also reveals that Attack of the 50 Foot Woman was in fact one of the first sci-fi movies he ever saw on TV, and that the film’s ending made a lasting impression.