Type-casting, which to many actors can be perceived
as the bane of a promising career, can sometimes in
retrospect be recognized as a blessing in disguise.
Yvette Vickers is beloved today for two of the 1950s
best-remembered and fully realized vamp roles. But at
the time Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Attack
of the Giant Leeches first appeared, the cheesecake
and boudoir shots for which Vickers posed seemed to
backfire on her. "That's something we were all
blind-sided by," she says, referring to a coterie
of actress friends who posed similarly. "We all
thought, 'Yeah, we can do this and then drop it. We
can still go on and get the serious parts.' But it really
doesn't work that way."