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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.jpg
Lynley in 1965
Carole Ann Jones

(1942-02-13) February 13, 1942 (age 77)
Other namesCarolyn Lee
OccupationActress, former model
Years active1956–present
Michael Selsman
(m. 1960; div. 1964)


Early lifeEdit

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 lifeEdit

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]


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 Episode
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


  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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