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Carole Ann Jones
February 13, 1942
New York City, U.S.
|Died||September 3, 2019
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Carolyn Lee|
(m. 1960; div. 1964)
Carol Lynley (born Carole Ann Jones; February 13, 1942 – September 3, 2019) was an American actress known for her roles in the films Blue Denim (1959) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).
Lynley was born in Manhattan to an Irish father and New England mother. She began her career as a child model before taking up acting. She won the Theatre World Award as "one of the most promising personalities for 1956–57" for her performance in The Potting Shed. Lynley started her film career in 1958 with the Disney film The Light in the Forest, followed by Holiday for Lovers (1959) and Blue Denim (1959). In 1959, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female for the film The Light in the Forest. A year later, she was again nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female for the film Blue Denim.
Lynley was born Carole Ann Jones in Manhattan, New York City, the daughter of Frances (née Felch) and Cyril Jones. Her father was Irish and her mother, a native of New England, was of English, Scottish, Welsh, and German ancestry. She studied dance in her childhood. Lynley's parents divorced when she was a child, and her mother worked as a waitress until Lynley's income from modelling was enough to sustain the family.
Lynley had first appeared on a local television show and at the age of 14 she was signed as a child model. She then appeared on live TV shows, the Goodyear Television Playhouse, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Danger Route.
She began her career as a child model under the name Carolyn Lee. She appeared on the April 22, 1957 cover of Life identified as "Carol Lynley, 15, Busy Career Girl" at age 15. When she started acting, she discovered that child actress Carolyn Lee (born Carolyn Copp, 1935) had already registered the name in the Actors' Equity union. She modified it by using the final syllable of Carolyn and fusing it with Lee to make Lynley.
In her teenage years, Lynley appeared in several Clairol and Pepsodent advertisements that were publicized across the country.
In 1955, Lynley made her first stage appearance in Moss Hart's Broadway stage hit Anniversary Waltz. At the age of 15, she played the role of Dame Sybil Thorndyke's granddaughter in the Broadway play The Potting Shed (1957).
Early on, Lynley distinguished herself on both the Broadway stage and in Hollywood screen versions of the drama Blue Denim (1959). She won the Theatre World Award as "one of the most promising personalities for 1956–57" for her performance in Blue Denim. This recognition helped her get a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox.
Lynley started her film career in 1958 with the Disney film The Light in the Forest followed by Holiday for Lovers (1959). In 1959, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female. In 1960, she was again nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female for the film Blue Denim.
She acted in 20th Century Fox productions Holiday for Lovers, Blue Denim, Hound-Dog Man (all in 1959), Return to Peyton Place (1961).
Lynley appeared in many films, often portraying the blonde-girl-next-door gone bad. She is best known for her film roles in Return to Peyton Place (1961), the drama The Cardinal (1963), the romantic drama The Pleasure Seekers (1964), the thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972), in which she lip-synced the Oscar-winning song "The Morning After" (her singing voice was dubbed by studio singer Renee Armand).
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Lynley was on the peak of her career in the year 1965. She starred in the Otto Preminger directed thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965). Lynley played Jean Harlow in the biopic Harlow (1965), co-starring Ginger Rogers, but the film failed at the box office.
The decline in her career started in the late 1960s. In 1967, Lynley had major roles in the horror The Shuttered Room and the British spy caper Danger Route, but the films were not successful. She did smaller roles, guest appearances and appeared in low-budget productions like Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969), The Maltese Bippy (1969), Norwood (1970), and the Larry Hagman directed horror spoof Son of the Blob (1972). In 1972, she made a brief comeback when she had supporting roles in The Night Stalker, a made for television film which drew top ratings, and The Poseidon Adventure, which was one of the top-grossing films of the year. However, she was unable to maintain her career momentum. She then appeared in The Four Deuces (1975), The Washington Affair (1977) and Bad Georgia Road (1977). In 1992, she acted in a low-budget thriller Spirits, as a nun. She acted in Flypaper (1997), followed by the low-budget film Drowning on Dry Land (1999). Many of the low-budget movies she acted in during the later part of her career were direct-to-video.
She appeared in the pilot television movies for Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Fantasy Island. Her many other series appearances include The Big Valley, Mannix, It Takes a Thief, Night Gallery, The Invaders, Kojak, Hawaii Five-O, Tales of the Unexpected, Hart to Hart, and Charlie's Angels. Lynley appeared in the fourth season of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the two-part episode "The Prince of Darkness Affair".
In 2000, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Lynley discussed the difficulty faced by middle-aged actresses in finding roles. She predicted she'd have a comeback in old age.
Personal life and death
In 1960, Lynley married publicist Michael Selsman. The marriage produced one child, Jill Selsman (a director of short films), and ended in divorce in 1964. She also had an 18-year intermittent affair with English broadcaster and writer David Frost.
Lynley died aged 77 of a heart attack on September 3, 2019, at her home in Pacific Palisades, California. She was cremated; her ashes were scattered at sea off the Southern California coast.
|1958||The Light in the Forest||Shenandoe|
|1959||Holiday for Lovers||Betsy Dean|
|1959||Blue Denim||Janet Willard|
|1959||Hound-Dog Man||Dony Wallace|
|1961||Return to Peyton Place||Allison|
|1961||The Last Sunset||Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge|
|1963||Under the Yum Yum Tree||Robin Austin|
|1963||The Cardinal||Mona / Regina Fermoyle|
|1964||The Pleasure Seekers||Maggie Williams|
|1965||Bunny Lake Is Missing||Ann Lake|
|1967||The Shuttered Room||Susannah Kelton|
|1969||The Maltese Bippy||Robin Sherwood|
|1969||Once You Kiss a Stranger||Diana|
|1969||The Immortal||Sylvia Cartwright||TV movie (pilot for TV series)|
|1972||Beware! The Blob||Leslie|
|1972||The Night Stalker||Gail Foster||TV movie|
|1972||The Poseidon Adventure||Nonnie Parry|
|1975||The Four Deuces||Wendy Rittenhouse|
|1976||Flood!||Abbie Adams||TV movie|
|1977||The Washington Affair||Barbara Nicholson|
|1977||Bad Georgia Road||Molly Golden|
|1978||The Cat and The Canary||Annabel West|
|1982||Vigilante||Assistant D.A. Mary Fletcher|
|1989||Dark Tower||Tilly Ambrose|
|1991||Howling VI: The Freaks||Miss Eddington|
|1999||Drowning on Dry Land||Marge|
|2003||A Light in the Forest||Gramma Irene||(No connection with the 1958 movie)|
|2006||Vic||Carrie Lee||Short film|
|1956||Goodyear Television Playhouse||"Grow Up"|
|1957||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Janice||"The Young One"|
|1962||The Virginian||Judith Morrow||"Man from the Sea"|
|1962||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Sister Pamela||"Final Vow"|
|1967||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Annie Justin||"The Prince of Darkness" (parts 1 and 2)|
|1967||The Invaders||Elyse Reynolds||"The Believers"|
|1968||The Big Valley||Dilly Shanks||"Hell Hath No Fury"|
|1968||Journey to the Unknown||Eve||"Eve"|
|1969||It Takes a Thief||Michelle||"Boom at the Top"|
|1970–1971||The Immortal||Sylvia Cartwright||TV series|
|1971||Mannix||Dorothy Kinman||"Voice in the Dark"|
|1972||Night Gallery||Jenny Tarraday||"The Waiting Room/Last Rites for a Dead Druid"|
|1974||The Evil Touch||Guest role||“They”|
|1976||Quincy M.E.||Lynn Dressler||"Who's Who in Neverland"|
|1976||Police Woman||Nina Daniels||"Trial by Prejudice"|
|1977||Kojak||Polly Ames||"Kiss It All Goodbye"|
|1977–1984||Fantasy Island||various characters||TV series, 11 episodes|
|1978||Hawaii Five-O||Karen Baker/Valerie Bates||"Angel in Blue"|
|1979||The Love Boat||Carol Gilmore||"Best of Friends/Aftermath/Dream Boat"|
|1980||Charlie's Angels||Lisa Gallo||"Island Angels"|
|1983||The Fall Guy||Ivy||"Pleasure Isle"|
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