Lynley in 1965
Carole Ann Jones
February 13, 1942
|Other names||Carolyn Lee|
|Occupation||Actress, former model|
(m. 1960; div. 1964)
Lynley was born Carole Ann Jones in Manhattan, 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 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, she discovered that child actress Carolyn Lee (1935- , born Carolyn Copp) had already registered the name; she modified it by using the final syllable of Carolyn and fusing it with Lee to make Lynley.
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. 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).
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".
In 1960, she married publicist Michael Selsman. The marriage produced one child, Jill Selsman, and ended in divorce in 1964.
|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||Bunny Lake Is Missing||Ann Lake|
|1967||The Shuttered Room||Susannah Whately Kelton/Sarah|
|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||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|
|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|
|1987||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|
|2006||Vic||Carrie Lee||short film|
|1956||Goodyear Television Playhouse||"Grow Up"|
|1956||The Alcoa Hour||Setsu||"The Big Wave"|
|1956||The Kaiser Aluminum Hour||"Cracker Money"|
|1956||General Electric Theatre||Schoolgirl||"The Hat With the Roses", uncredited|
|1957||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Janice||"The Young One"|
|1957||DuPont Show of the Month||Judy Graves||Junior Miss (TV film)|
|1958||Pursuit||Elaine Hermann||"The Vengeance"|
|1958||Shirley Temple's Storybook||Rapunzel||"Rapunzel"|
|1958||General Electric Theatre||Mary Elizabeth Asher||"The Young and Scared"|
|1959||General Electric Theatre||Barbara Clark||"Deed of Mercy"|
|1959||General Electric Theatre||Phyllis||"The Last Dance"|
|1962||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Sister Pamela Wiley||"Final Vow"|
|1962||Alcoa Premiere||Sandy Carter||"Whatever Happened to Miss Illinois?"|
|1962||The Virginian||Judith Morrow||"The Man from the Sea"|
|1963||The Dick Powell Show||Elise||"The Rage of Silence"|
|1965||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Irene Ayers||"The Fliers"|
|1966||Run for Your Life||April Martin||"In Search of April"|
|1966||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Miranda Woodland||"Runaway Boy"|
|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"|
|1967||The F.B.I.||Lynn Hallett||"False Witness"|
|1968||Journey to the Unknown||Eve||"Eve"|
|1968||The Big Valley||Dilly Shanks||"Hell Hath No Fury"|
|1969||It Takes a Thief||Michelle||"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||"Giants Never Kneel"|
|1970||The Most Deadly Game||Brooke||"Who Killed Kindness?"|
|1971||Mannix||Dorothy Kinman||"Voice in the Dark"|
|1972||Night Gallery||Jenny Tarraday||"The Waiting Room/Last Rites for a Dead Druid"|
|1972||The Sixth Sense||Gail Sumner||"The House That Cried Murder"|
|1973||Great Mysteries||Elizabeth Ann Zachary||"Death of an Old-Fashioned Girl"|
|1974||The Magician||Janet Keegan||"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||"If It's a Man, Hang Up"|
|1976||Quincy M.E.||Lynn Dressler||"Who's Who in Neverland"|
|1976||Police Woman||"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"|
|1978||Sword of Justice||Cyndy Rupert||"The Skywayman"|
|1979||The Love Boat||Carol Gilmore||"Dream Ship/Best of Friends/Aftermath"|
|1980||The Littlest Hobo||June Wilson||"Mystery at the Zoo"|
|1980||Charlie's Angels||Lisa Gallo||"Island Angels"|
|1981||Hart to Hart||Ann Marie Drake||"Hartland Express"|
|1983||The Fall Guy||Ivy Morris||"Pleasure Isle"|
|1983||Hotel||Zane Elliott||"Faith, Hope and Charity"|
|1984||Tales of the Unexpected||Elizabeth||"The Gift of Beauty"|
|1984||Finder of Lost Loves||Karen Davis||"Forgotten Melodies"|
|1985||Fox Mystery Theater/A.K.A. Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense||Sylvia Daly||"In Possession"|
|1987||Night Heat||Grace Barnett||"Grace"|
|1990||Monsters||Dr. Elizabeth Porter||"Stressed Environment"|
|1989||Another World||Judge Martha Dunlay|
- Carol Lynley on IMDb
- "1957 LIFE Magazine Covers". 2neat Magazine.
- "Life Covers #1050-1099". Cover Browser.
- Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 100.
- "Letters to the Editors: Success Story at Fifteen". Life Magazine. Time Inc. May 13, 1957. p. 16. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- Deming, Mark. "Blue Denim". Allmovie. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
- "Performance: The Morning After". Second Hand Songs project. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
- "Man From Uncle - The Helicopter Spies. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, Carol Lynley, Bradford Dillman, Lola Albright - 1968". Learmedia.ca. March 6, 2004. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
- "Actress Carol Lynley and a Modess puberty & menstruation booklet". Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
- "Carol Lynley". People.com. November 28, 1994.
- W. Lee Cozad, More Magnificent Mountain Movies: The Silverscreen Years, 1940–2004, p. 219 (Sunstroke Media, 2006). ISBN 978-0-9723372-2-9