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Lynley in 1965

Carol Lynley (born Carole Ann Jones; February 13, 1942 – September 3, 2019) was an American actress and child model. She is known for her roles in the films The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Blue Denim.

Lynley was born Carole Ann Jones in Manhattan, to an Irish father and New England mother. She began her career at the age of 15 as a child model appearing on the April 22, 1957, cover of Life. She started her acting career in 1958 with the Disney's film The Light in the Forest followed by Holiday for Lovers (1959) and Blue Denim (1959). In 1959, Lynley was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female for the film The Light in the Forest. She won the Theatre World Award as "one of the most promising personalities for 1956-57" for her performance in Blue Denim. In 1960 she was again nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female for the film Blue Denim.



Lynley as Jean Harlow in the film Harlow (1965)


Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Light in the Forest Shenandoe [1]
1959 Holiday for Lovers Betsy Dean [1]
1959 Blue Denim Janet Willard [2]
1959 Hound-Dog Man Dony Wallace [3]
1961 Return to Peyton Place Allison [1]
1961 The Last Sunset Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge [3]
1963 The Stripper Miriam Caswell [3]
1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree Robin Austin [1]
1963 The Cardinal Mona / Regina Fermoyle [1]
1964 Shock Treatment Cynthia Lee Albright
1964 The Pleasure Seekers Maggie Williams [1]
1965 Harlow Jean Harlow
1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing Ann Lake [1]
1967 The Shuttered Room Susannah Whately Kelton / Sarah
1967 Danger Route Jocelyn [3]
1968 Shadow on the Land Abigail 'Abby' Tyler TV movie
1968 The Smugglers Jo Hudson TV movie
1969 The Maltese Bippy Robin Sherwood [3]
1969 Once You Kiss a Stranger Diana
1970 Norwood Yvonne Phillips [3]
1970 Weekend of Terror Sister Meredith TV movie
1971 Crosscurrent Kathy Cooper TV movie
1972 The Night Stalker Gail Foster TV movie[1]
1972 Beware! The Blob Leslie
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Nonnie Parry [1]
1973 Cotter Leah
1974 The Elevator Irene Turner TV movie
1975 Death Stalk Cathy Webster TV movie
1975 The Four Deuces Wendy Rittenhouse [3]
1976 Flood! Abbie Adams TV movie
1977 The Washington Affair Barbara Nicholson [3]
1977 Bad Georgia Road Molly Golden [3]
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 [4][1]
1988 Blackout Esther Boyle
1990 Spirits Sister Jillian [3]
1991 Howling VI: The Freaks Miss Eddington [4]
1996 Neon Signs Faith
1997 Flypaper [3]
1999 Drowning on Dry Land Marge [3]
2003 A Light in the Forest Gramma Irene (no connection with the 1958 movie)[5]
2006 Vic Carrie Lee short film[1]


Year Title Roles Episode
1956 Goodyear Television Playhouse "Grow Up"[3]
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"[3]
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"
1963-1973 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Herself 7 episodes
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)[4]
1967 The Invaders Elyse Reynolds "The Believers"[1]
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"[1]
1969 It Takes a Thief Michelle "Boom at the Top"[1]
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"[1]
1972 Night Gallery Jenny Tarraday "The Waiting Room/Last Rites for a Dead Druid"[1]
1972 The Sixth Sense Gail Sumner "The House That Cried Murder"
1972-1978 The Mike Douglas Show Herself 2 episodes
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: "Death by Drowning" 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 Nina Daniels "Trial by Prejudice"
1977 Kojak Polly Ames "Kiss It All Goodbye"[1]
1977–1984 Fantasy Island various characters TV series, 11 episodes[5]
1978 Hawaii Five-O Karen Baker/Valerie Bates "Angel in Blue"[1]
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"[4]
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"
1989 Another World Judge Martha Dunlay 2 episodes
1990 Monsters Dr. Elizabeth Porter "Stressed Environment"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Tingley, Anna; Tingley, Anna (September 6, 2019). "Carol Lynley, 'The Poseidon Adventure' Star, Dies at 77".
  2. ^ Gates, Anita (September 6, 2019). "Carol Lynley, Star of 'Blue Denim' and 'The Poseidon Adventure,' Dies at 77". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 7, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Carol Lynley, 'Poseidon Adventure' Actress, Dies at 77". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Carol Lynley, 'The Poseidon Adventure' & 'Blue Denim' Star, Dies at 77". Movieweb. September 6, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Gates, Anita. "'Poseidon Adventure' actress Carol Lynley dies at 77 - The Boston Globe". New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2019.

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