Hurry! Please nominate Yvonne De Carlo and Walter Pidgeon for Canada’s Walk of Fame
If any of my readers are Canadian, please consider nominating classic stars Yvonne De Carlo and Walter Pidgeon for Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. The deadline is today April 30. The prize includes a trip to the ceremony. Click here to enter.
Canadian-born Yvonne De Carlo of Lily Munster fame from the TV show The Munsters was already by then an established versatile actress. Aside from Lily Munster, her most recognizable film role is Sephora from Cecil B. De Mille’s classic The Ten Commandments (1956) televised in the US every year during Easter. While not my favorite old movie, it does expose younger audiences to a great ensemble cast of Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, Cedric Harwicke, Nina Foch, John Carradine, Debra Paget, Henry Wilcoxon, John Derek and more.
Yvonne was also well-know for her roles as Salome in Salome Where She Danced (1945) and Scheherazade in The Desert Hawk (1950). She forever lives as one of the major actresses of film noir with roles in Brute Force (1947) and Criss Cross (1949) both starring Burt Lancaster.
Canadian-born Walter Pidgeon attended The University of New Brunswick and enlisted at the Royal Canadian Field Artillery. He never saw action due to an accident. He was in a few silents but due to his singing ability transitioned into early 1930s musicals. In the 1940s, he made the classics How Green Was My Valley (1941), his Best Actor Oscar-nominated Mrs. Miniver (1941), and his second Oscar nominated film Madame Curie (1944). He was in 8 films with Greer Garson; Blossoms in the Dust (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Madame Curie (1943), Mrs. Parkington (1944), Julia Misbehaves (1948), That Forsythe Woman (1949), The Miniver Story(1950), Scandal at Scourie (1953).
During WW2 fellow MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer who was raised in St. John sent the MGM contract player to Canada where he appeared at bond drives and performed for the war effort. In the 1950s, he returned to Broadway after 20 years with a Tony Award nomination. His other films include The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Forbidden Planet (1956), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), Advise and Consent (1962), and Funny Girl (1968). He retired in the late 1970s.
While there are many admirable Canadians in entertainment, please consider these two as you make your decisions. According to the rules, you can submit nominations as many times as you wish.