Her success continued with starring roles in Flame of the Islands (1956), Death of a Scoundrel (1956), Band of Angels (1957), and The Sword and the Cross (1958), in which she portrayed Mary Magdalene. (1966) and the television film The Munsters' Revenge (1981).In 1971, she played Carlotta Campion and introduced the popular song "I'm Still Here" in the Broadway production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies.
Her mother enrolled her in a local dance school when she was three.She sang "The Lamp of Memory" in a three-minute Soundies musical, and worked briefly at Columbia Pictures. Derr in the James Fenimore Cooper adventure Deerslayer (1943, ultimately released by Republic Pictures).In 1942, she signed a three-year contract with Paramount Pictures, where she was given uncredited bit parts in important films and was intended to replace Dorothy Lamour. She obtained her breakthrough role in Salome, Where She Danced (1945), a Universal Pictures release produced by Walter Wanger, who described her as "the most beautiful girl in the world." The film's publicity and success turned her into a star, and she signed a five-year contract with Universal.By the early 1940s, she and her mother had moved to Los Angeles, where De Carlo participated in beauty contests and worked as a dancer in nightclubs.
She began working in motion pictures in 1941, in short subjects.The game involved two self-proclaimed players competing against each other to pick up women in a real bar.