Carol Lynley

Carol Lynley (born Carole Ann Jones, February 13, 1942, Manhattan,New York) is an American actress and former child model.

Carol Lynley
Carol Lynley 2 1965
Lynley in 1965
Carole Ann Jones

February 13, 1942 (age 77)
Other namesCarolyn Lee
OccupationActress, former model
Years active1956–present
Michael Selsman
(m. 1960; div. 1964)

Early life

Lynley was born Carole Ann Jones in Manhattan, the daughter of Frances (née Felch) and Cyril Jones.[1] Her father was Irish and her mother, a native of New England, was of English, Scottish, Welsh, and German ancestry. She began her career as a child model under the name Carolyn Lee. When she started acting after appearing on the April 22, 1957, cover of LIFE at 15,[2][3] she discovered that child actress Carolyn Lee (1935- , born Carolyn Copp[4]) had already registered the name; she modified it by using the final syllable of Carolyn and fusing it with Lee to make Lynley.[5]


Early on, Lynley distinguished herself in both the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen versions of the controversial drama Blue Denim (1959), in which the teenaged characters played by Lynley and co-star Brandon deWilde had to deal with an unwanted pregnancy and (then-illegal) abortion.[6] In 1959, Lynley was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female.

Lynley is perhaps best known for her film roles in Return to Peyton Place, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Bunny Lake is Missing, The Pleasure Seekers, The Cardinal, and The Poseidon Adventure, in which she performed the Oscar-winning song "The Morning After" (although her singing voice was dubbed by studio singer Renee Armand).[7]

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, 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".[8]

Lynley posed nude at age 22 for the March 1965 edition of Playboy magazine.[9][10]

In 2006, she appeared in a 30-minute film, Vic, co-written and directed by Sage Stallone, the late son of Sylvester Stallone.

Personal life

In 1960, she married publicist Michael Selsman. The marriage produced one child, Jill Selsman, and ended in divorce in 1964.

Lynley had an 18-year intermittent affair with English broadcaster and writer David Frost.[11]


Carol Lynley as Harlow
Lynley as Jean Harlow in the film Harlow (1965)


Year Title Role Notes
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 The Stripper Miriam Caswell
1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree Robin Austin
1963 The Cardinal Mona/Regina Fermoyle
1964 Shock Treatment Cynthia Lee Albright
1964 The Pleasure Seekers Maggie Williams
1965 Harlow Jean Harlow
1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing Ann Lake
1967 The Shuttered Room Susannah Whately Kelton/Sarah
1967 Danger Route Jocelyn
1968 Shadow on the Land Abigail 'Abby' Tyler TV movie
1968 The Smugglers Jo Hudson TV movie
1969 The Maltese Bippy Robin Sherwood
1969 Once You Kiss a Stranger Diana
1970 Norwood Yvonne Phillips
1970 Weekend of Terror Sister Meredith TV movie
1971 Crosscurrent Kathy Cooper TV movie
1972 The Night Stalker Gail Foster TV movie
1972 Beware! The Blob Leslie
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Nonnie Parry
1973 Cotter Leah
1974 The Elevator Irene Turner TV movie
1975 Death Stalk Cathy Webster TV movie
1975 The Four Deuces Wendy Rittenhouse
1976 Flood! Abbie Adams TV movie
1977 The Washington Affair Barbara Nicholson
1977 Bad Georgia Road Molly Golden
1977 Having Babies II Sally Magee TV movie
1978 Cops and Robin Dr. Alice Alcott TV movie
1978 The Beasts Are on the Streets Dr. Claire McCauley TV movie
1978 The Cat and the Canary Annabelle West
1979 H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come Nikki
1980 Willow B: Women in Prison Claire Hastings TV movie
1981 Best of Friends Marge Adams TV movie
1981 Judgment Day Harriet Egan TV movie
1983 Vigilante Assistant D.A. Mary Fletcher
1983 Balboa Erin Blakely
1987 Dark Tower Tilly Ambrose
1988 Blackout Esther Boyle
1990 Spirits Sister Jillian
1991 Howling VI: The Freaks Miss Eddington
1996 Neon Signs Faith
1999 Drowning on Dry Land Marge
2003 A Light in the Forest Gramma Irene
2006 Vic Carrie Lee short film


Year Title Roles
1956 Goodyear Television Playhouse TV series, episode: "Grow Up"
1956 The Alcoa Hour Setsu TV series, episode: "The Big Wave"
1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour TV series, episode: "Cracker Money"
1956 General Electric Theatre Schoolgirl TV series, episode: "The Hat With the Roses", uncredited
1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Janice TV series, episode: "The Young One"
1957 DuPont Show of the Month Judy Graves TV series, episode: Junior Miss (TV film)
1958 Pursuit Elaine Hermann TV series, episode: "The Vengeance"
1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook Rapunzel TV series, episode: "Rapunzel"
1958 General Electric Theatre Mary Elizabeth Asher TV series, episode: "The Young and Scared"
1959 General Electric Theatre Barbara Clark TV series, episode: "Deed of Mercy"
1959 General Electric Theatre Phyllis TV series, episode: "The Last Dance"
1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Sister Pamela Wiley TV series, episode: "Final Vow"
1962 Alcoa Premiere Sandy Carter TV series, episode: "Whatever Happened to Miss Illinois?"
1962 The Virginian Judith Morrow TV series, episode: "The Man from the Sea"
1963 The Dick Powell Show Elise TV series, episode: "The Rage of Silence"
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Irene Ayers TV series, episode: "The Fliers"
1966 Run for Your Life April Martin TV series, episode: "In Search of April"
1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Miranda Woodland TV series, episode: "Runaway Boy"
1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Annie Justin TV series, episode: "The Prince of Darkness", (parts 1 and 2)
1967 The Invaders Elyse Reynolds TV series, episode: "The Believers"
1967 The F.B.I. Lynn Hallett TV series, episode: "False Witness"
1968 Journey to the Unknown Eve TV series, episode: "Eve"
1968 The Big Valley Dilly Shanks TV series, episode: "Hell Hath No Fury"
1969 It Takes a Thief Michelle TV series, episode: "Boom at the Top"
1969–1970 The Immortal Sylvia Cartwright TV series, episodes: "Pilot" (1969) and "Sylvia" (1970)
1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Judith Walters TV series, episode: "Giants Never Kneel"
1970 The Most Deadly Game Brooke TV series, episode: "Who Killed Kindness?"
1971 Mannix Dorothy Kinman TV series, episode: "Voice in the Dark"
1972 Night Gallery Jenny Tarraday TV series, episode: "The Waiting Room/Last Rites for a Dead Druid"
1972 The Sixth Sense Gail Sumner TV series, episode: "The House That Cried Murder"
1973 Great Mysteries Elizabeth Ann Zachary TV series, episode: "Death of an Old-Fashioned Girl"
1974 The Magician Janet Keegan TV series, episode: "The Illusion of the Curious Counterfeit" (parts 1 and 2)
1974 The Evil Touch Cora TV series, episodes: "Dream by Dreaming" and "Dear Cora I'm Going to Kill You"
1975 Thriller Suzy Martin TV series, episode: "If It's a Man, Hang Up"
1976 Quincy M.E. Lynn Dressler TV series, episode: "Who's Who in Neverland"
1976 Police Woman TV series, episode: "Trial by Prejudice"
1977 Kojak Polly Ames TV series, episode: "Kiss It All Goodbye"
1977–1984 Fantasy Island various characters TV series, 11 episodes
1978 Hawaii Five-O Karen Baker/Valerie Bates TV series, episode: "Angel in Blue"
1978 Sword of Justice Cyndy Rupert TV series, episode: "The Skywayman"
1979 The Love Boat Carol Gilmore TV series, episode: "Dream Ship/Best of Friends/Aftermath"
1980 The Littlest Hobo June Wilson TV series, episode: "Mystery at the Zoo"
1980 Charlie's Angels Lisa Gallo TV series, episode: "Island Angels"
1981 Hart to Hart Ann Marie Drake TV series, episode: "Hartland Express"
1983 The Fall Guy Ivy Morris TV series, episode: "Pleasure Isle"
1983 Hotel Zane Elliott TV series, episode: "Faith, Hope and Charity"
1984 Tales of the Unexpected Elizabeth TV series, episode: "The Gift of Beauty"
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Karen Davis TV series, episode: "Forgotten Melodies"
1985 Fox Mystery Theater/A.K.A. Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Sylvia Daly TV series, episode: "In Possession"
1987 Night Heat Grace Barnett TV series, episode: "Grace"
1990 Monsters Dr. Elizabeth Porter TV series, episode: "Stressed Environment"
1990 Another World Judge Dunlay TV series


  1. ^ Carol Lynley on IMDb
  2. ^ "1957 LIFE Magazine Covers". 2neat Magazine.
  3. ^ "Life Covers #1050-1099". Cover Browser.
  4. ^ Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 100.
  5. ^ "Letters to the Editors: Success Story at Fifteen". Life Magazine. Time Inc. May 13, 1957. p. 16. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Deming, Mark. "Blue Denim". Allmovie. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Performance: The Morning After". Second Hand Songs project. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "Man From Uncle - The Helicopter Spies. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, Carol Lynley, Bradford Dillman, Lola Albright - 1968". March 6, 2004. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  9. ^ "Actress Carol Lynley and a Modess puberty & menstruation booklet". Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  10. ^ "Carol Lynley". November 28, 1994.
  11. ^ W. Lee Cozad, More Magnificent Mountain Movies: The Silverscreen Years, 1940–2004, p. 219 (Sunstroke Media, 2006). ISBN 978-0-9723372-2-9

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Bad Georgia Road

Bad Georgia Road is a 1977 American action comedy film produced, co-written and directed by John C. Broderick and starring Gary Lockwood, Carol Lynley and Royal Dano.

Blackout (1988 film)

Blackout (released as The Attic in UK) is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Doug Adams and starring Gail O'Grady and Carol Lynley.

Blue Denim

Blue Denim is a 1958 Broadway play by writer James Leo Herlihy. It starred Carol Lynley, Warren Berlinger and newcomer Burt Brinckerhoff in the lead male role. Opening on February 27, 1958, the play ran for 166 performances at the Playhouse Theatre.

The following year, on July 30, 1959, the film version was released by 20th Century Fox with Lynley and Berlinger reprising their stage roles, but with a 17-year-old Brandon deWilde in his first "adult" role as the male lead Arthur Bartley. Macdonald Carey, Marsha Hunt and Roberta Shore appear as supporting characters.

Dealing with the issues of teenage pregnancy and (then-illegal) abortion, both versions were not without controversy. The play and the film each had different endings, and the word abortion was excised from the play's script when it was adapted into the film's screenplay.Blue Denim was recently released on home media video for the first time.

Danger Route

Danger Route is a 1967 British spy film directed by Seth Holt for Amicus Productions and starring Richard Johnson as Jonas Wilde, Carol Lynley and Barbara Bouchet. It was based on Andrew York's 1966 novel The Eliminator that was the working title of the film. The film was released in the United States as a double feature with Attack on the Iron Coast.

Dark Tower (1987 film)

Dark Tower is a 1989 film directed by Freddie Francis and Ken Wiederhorn and starring Michael Moriarty, Jenny Agutter, Theodore Bikel, Carol Lynley, Kevin McCarthy and Anne Lockhart.

Harlow (Magna film)

Harlow is a fictionalized drama based on the life of film star Jean Harlow, released in 1965, with Carol Lynley in the title role. It was released shortly before Paramount Pictures' film on the same subject. This was Ginger Rogers' last film appearance. The film was directed by Alex Segal.

Holiday for Lovers

Holiday for Lovers is a 1959 DeLuxe in CinemaScope comedy film directed by Henry Levin. Based on a 1957 play by Ronald Alexander, the film stars Clifton Webb, Jane Wyman, Jill St. John and Carol Lynley.

Hound-Dog Man

Hound-Dog Man is a 1959 film directed by Don Siegel, based on the 1947 novel by Fred Gipson, and starring Fabian, Carol Lynley, and Stuart Whitman.

Once You Kiss a Stranger

Once You Kiss a Stranger is a 1969 American thriller film directed by Robert Sparr and written by Norman Katkov and Frank Tarloff. The film stars Paul Burke, Carol Lynley, Martha Hyer, Peter Lind Hayes, Philip Carey, Stephen McNally and Whit Bissell. The film is a loose remake of Strangers on a Train and was released by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts on November 12, 1969.

Shock Treatment (1964 film)

Shock Treatment is a 1964 American neo noir drama film directed by Denis Sanders that takes place in a mental institution, starring Stuart Whitman, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, and Lauren Bacall. As one of many films dealing with insane killers in "Psycho's" wake Lauren Bacall disliked the film intensely calling it the worst of her career despite its cult following in later years.

The Beasts Are on the Streets

The Beasts Are on the Streets is a 1978 American made-for-television thriller film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions (although known as an animation studio, this was one of several live-action Hanna-Barbera productions), directed by Peter R. Hunt and starring Carol Lynley, Billy Green Bush and Philip Michael Thomas. It was filmed on location in Grand Prairie, Texas and Arlington, Texas and originally broadcast on NBC on May 18, 1978.

The Four Deuces

The Four Deuces is a 1975 American comedy film directed by William H. Bushnell and written by C. Lester Franklin. The film stars Jack Palance, Carol Lynley, Warren Berlinger, Adam Roarke, Gianni Russo and Hard Boiled Haggerty. The film was released in January 1976, by Embassy Pictures.

The Last Sunset (film)

The Last Sunset is a 1961 American Western film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, and Dorothy Malone.

The film was released by Universal Studios and shot in Eastman color in Mexico. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was adapted from Howard Rigsby's 1957 novel Sundown at Crazy Horse.

The supporting cast features Joseph Cotten, Carol Lynley, Neville Brand and Jack Elam.

The Pleasure Seekers (1964 film)

The Pleasure Seekers is a 1964 20th Century Fox motion picture starring Ann-Margret, Anthony Franciosa, and Carol Lynley, with Gardner McKay, Pamela Tiffin, Brian Keith, and Gene Tierney in her final film.

The film was adapted for the screen by Edith Sommer, based on the novel Coins in the Fountain by John H. Secondari, and was directed by Jean Negulesco, who also directed the 1954 film Three Coins in the Fountain. Ann-Margret sings four songs composed by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen.

The film was nominated for one Academy Award: Music (Scoring of Music—Adaptation or Treatment) for Lionel Newman and Alexander Courage.

The Shuttered Room

The Shuttered Room [aka Blood Ilsand] is a 1967 British horror film directed by David Greene and starring Gig Young and Carol Lynley as a couple who move into a house with dark secrets. It is based on a short story of the same name by August Derleth and H. P. Lovecraft. The film has also been re-released under the title Blood Island.Although set in the US, the film was shot in Kent and Norfolk, England. The film features a large, half-brick, half-timber watermill, which is destroyed by fire in the closing scenes. The building used was Hardingham Mill on the River Yare in Norfolk.

The Stripper (film)

The Stripper is a 1963 American drama film about a struggling, aging actress-turned-stripper, played by Joanne Woodward, and the people she knows. It is based on the play A Loss of Roses by William Inge.

This was the feature film debut of director Franklin J. Schaffner, and co-starred Carol Lynley, Robert Webber, and Richard Beymer. Also appearing as Madame Olga was real-life stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. It was the first Schaffner film to feature a score by prolific composer Jerry Goldsmith, who would later work with Schaffner on such films as Planet of the Apes, Patton, Papillon, and The Boys from Brazil.William Travilla was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

The film was first designed to be a vehicle for two Fox contract stars, Marilyn Monroe and Pat Boone, with Monroe dying in 1962 and Boone turning down the film on moral grounds.

Under the Yum Yum Tree

Under the Yum Yum Tree is a 1963 comedy film directed by David Swift and starring Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Dean Jones, and Edie Adams, with supporting roles by Imogene Coca and Paul Lynde.

The sex comedy was a successful small comic film that gained Lemmon a Golden Globe nomination. It was based on a Broadway play that first ran in 1960–61.

Vic (film)

Vic is a 2006 American short film drama. It is the directorial debut of Sage Stallone. The film stars Clu Gulager, Tom Gulager and Miriam Byrd-Nethery with cameos by Carol Lynley, John LaZar, and John Phillip Law. Stallone won the 2006 Boston Film Festival “Best New Filmmaker” award for the film. The film had its world premiere at the 2006 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, where the cast and filmmakers were in attendance.

Weekend of Terror

Weekend of Terror is a 1970 American made-for-television thriller film directed by Jud Taylor and starring Robert Conrad, Carol Lynley, Lois Nettleton and Jane Wyatt. It was aired on December 8, 1970 in the ABC Movie of the Week space.

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