Her sultry swagger could light up a drive-in screen.
With showy roles in titles such as Attack of the
Giant Leeches, I, Mobster, Juvenile Jungle and,
most notably, as the slatternly romantic rival of an
outsized Allison Hayes in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman,
Yvette Vickers delivered the sensual goods while simultaneously
attempting to break free of the stereotype, and flesh
out her resume with "A" movie roles.
"I did a myriad of TV shows," she recalls
of this early period of struggle, "like Dragnet.
Jack Webb became very, very supportive. Maybe he was
flirting and I didn't even know it. I was so stupid.
He used to get me coffee in the morning when I came
on the set. I thought, 'Gosh, what a sweet guy.' I thought
he did that for everybody. It was years later that I
realized he didn't do that for everybody. I would have
been much better off getting together with a solid guy
like that than the ones I ended up with."