horror: Lily Munster

Lily Munster

The Munsters was a 1960s American family television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of monsters. It starred Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The series was a satire of both traditional monster movies and popular family entertainment of the era. It was made in Black & White and cancelled after two seasons but its popularity in syndication resulted in a long afterlife in movies featuring the original cast.

There have various attempts to revive The Munsters: Lee Meriwether in The New Munsters, aka The Munsters Today, (1987); Veronica Hamel in Here Come The Munsters (1995); and Ann Magnuson in The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas (1996). But we all know that there is nobody who has measured up to Yvonne de Carlo.

The makeup

Steve Johnson’s XFX recreated the character makeup for Here Come The Munsters with Bill Corso as makeup fx supervisor and Julie Hewitt responsible for the Lily Munster application.

I have no information on who did the makeup for The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas or for The New Munsters.

Karl Silvera designed the orignal makeups for the TV show and was the makeup artist for both Munster, Go Home! and The Munsters’ Revenge: with Perc Westmore and Bud Westmore credited as makeup co-ordinators on the former.