Carol Lynley


Actor
Carol Lynley

About

Also Known As
Carole Ann Jones, Carolyn Lee
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
February 13, 1942

Biography

A blonde, ethereal, eternal ingenue, Carol Lynley has been acting since she was a teenager and is perhaps best recalled as the mother whose son is kidnapped in Otto Preminger's dreary "Bunny Lake is Missing" (1965), and as the pop singer who survives "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972).Lynley was a mere 16 when she made her film debut in Disney's "The Light in the Forest" (1958), in which sh...

Family & Companions

Michael Selsman
Husband
Press agent; later literary agent, producer. Married in 1960; divorced in 1964.
David Frost
Companion
Had 18-year off-again, on-again relationship with Lynley.

Notes

Lynley posed for a PLAYBOY photo spread in 1965.

"I'm in transition. I'm playing middle-aged parts, which is a good idea! . . . Eventually, I want to make the next transition to where I'm playing snowy-haired old ladies, my Helen Hayes period." --Carol Lynley in PEOPLE, November 28, 1994

Biography

A blonde, ethereal, eternal ingenue, Carol Lynley has been acting since she was a teenager and is perhaps best recalled as the mother whose son is kidnapped in Otto Preminger's dreary "Bunny Lake is Missing" (1965), and as the pop singer who survives "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972).

Lynley was a mere 16 when she made her film debut in Disney's "The Light in the Forest" (1958), in which she played a teen sympathetic to a young man raised in the wild. A former teen model, she learned competence in acting on the job and played another teen role, a young woman who becomes pregnant in "Blue Denim" (1959). She grew into young adult roles quickly and although not yet 20, played Allison MacKenzie, a young author about to have her first book published, in the sequel "Return to Peyton Place" (1961). She went on to appear as the girlfriend Richard Beymer dumps for "exotic dancer" Joanne Woodward in "The Stripper" and the young woman who draws Jack Lemmon's attention in "Under the Yum Yum Tree" (both 1963). Also that year, Lynley gave one of her best performances under Otto Preminger's direction in "The Cardinal." After appearing in one of the two 1963 biopics of 1930s bombshell Jean Harlow (the Lynley version was originally filmed for television, shot as a kinescope and then transferred to film), Lynley reteamed with Preminger for "Bunny Lake Is Missing." But the mood in the US was changing, along with its tastes in leading ladies, and Lynley made her next two films in Britain; "The Shattered Room" (1967) and the spy thriller "Danger Route" (1968). She returned to the States and found herself cast in ensemble pieces or secondary roles. Lynley was among the ensemble of the horror spoof "The Maltese Bippy" (1969) and gave way to the younger Kim Darby as leading lady opposite Glen Campbell in "Norwood" (1970). Perhaps the highest grossing film with which Lynley was associated came in 1972, "The Poseidon Adventure," in which she essayed a surprisingly fragile band singer who survives the ordeal primarily thanks to Red Buttons, who falls instantly in love with her. From the early 70s on, though, Lynley's feature film roles developed breathing room between them, and the budgets and quality of the productions dipped considerably. By 1991, she was in the horror sequel "The Howling VI: The Freaks" and was a nun to Erik Estrada's priest in the low budget "Spirits" (1992).

The small screen has provided some work, as has the stage. Lynley was a 14-year old teen model when she made her TV debut in an episode of "The Goodyear Playhouse" in 1956, and she continued to work in the medium throughout the next 30 years, although not necessarily with frequency. Her one regular series, "The Immortal" (ABC, 1970-71), found her in the recurring role of fiancee to the race car driving hero (Christopher George). Lynley began in TV-movies with "Shadow on the Land" (NBC, 1968), and many of her longforms were of the woman-in-terror or woman-in-jeopardy variety, such as "Weekend of Terror" (ABC, 1970), "The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1972) and "Death Stalk" (NBC, 1974). She appeared on the 1977 two-hour pilot for "Fantasy Island" (ABC) and also hosted the short-lived "The Fashion Report" (syndicated, 1987).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Drowning on Dry Land (1999)
Spirits (1992)
Sister Jillian
Howling VI - The Freaks (1991)
Dark Tower (1989)
Tilly Ambrose
Blackout (1988)
Mother
Vigilante (1983)
Da Fletcher
Balboa (1982)
The Cat and the Canary (1979)
Annabelle West
The Shape of Things to Come (1979)
Cops and Robin (1978)
Dr Alice Alcott
The Beasts Are On The Streets (1978)
Having Babies II (1977)
The Washington Affair (1977)
Fantasy Island (1977)
Liz Hollander
Flood! (1976)
Abbie Adams
Bad Georgia Road (1976)
The Four Deuces (1976)
Death Stalk (1975)
Cathy Webster
The Elevator (1974)
Irene Turner
Beware! the Blob (1972)
Leslie
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Nonnie [Parry]
The Night Stalker (1972)
Crosscurrent (1971)
Kathy Cooper
Norwood (1970)
Yvonne Phillips
Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969)
Diana
The Maltese Bippy (1969)
Robin Sherwood
Danger Route (1968)
Jocelyn
The Shuttered Room (1968)
Susannah Kelton/Sarah
The Helicopter Spies (1968)
Harlow (1965)
Jean Harlow
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Ann
Shock Treatment (1964)
Cynthia
The Pleasure Seekers (1964)
Maggie Williams
Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
Robin
The Stripper (1963)
Miriam Caswell
The Cardinal (1963)
Mona
The Cardinal (1963)
Regina Fermoyle
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
Allison MacKenzie
The Last Sunset (1961)
Missy Breckenridge
Blue Denim (1959)
Janet Willard
Hound-Dog Man (1959)
Dony Waller
Holiday for Lovers (1959)
Betsy Dean
The Light in the Forest (1958)
Shenandoe Hastings

Cast (Special)

Natalie Wood: The E! True Hollywood Story (1997)
The Fashion Report (1987)
Host
Judgment Day (1981)
Harriet Egan
The Best of Friends (1981)
Willow B: Women in Prison (1980)
Claire Hastings
Circus of the Stars (1979)
If It's a Man, Hang Up (1975)
Suzy Martin
The Fliers (1965)
Irene Ayers
Henry Fonda and the Family (1962)
Guest

Life Events

1952

Worked as a child model

1954

Broadway debut in "The Anniversary Waltz"

1956

Began work in TV with episode of "Goodyear Playhouse"

1957

Appeared on Broadway in "The Potting Shed"

1958

Feature acting debut, "Light in the Forest"

1959

Had starring role in "Blue Denim"

1965

Had one of her best screen roles in Otto Preminger's "Bunny Lake Is Missing"

1965

Played "Harlow" in one of two film versions released that year

1968

Made TV-movie debut, "Shadow on the Land" (NBC)

1972

Was one of the survivors of "The Poseiden Adventure"

1974

Last NYC stage appearance for more than a decade, replaced Sandy Dennis in "Absurd Person Singular"

1977

Guested in TV-movie pilot of "Fantasy Island"

1990

Returned to NYC stage to appear in off-Broadway production of "The Seagull"

1992

Played nun in "Spirits" with Erik Estrada

Photo Collections

The Poseidon Adventure - Movie Posters
The Poseidon Adventure - Movie Posters

Videos

Movie Clip

Blue Denim (1959) - Break The Bottle Over Your Head Frustrated teen Arthur (Brandon De Wilde) has adjourned to his family’s basement with his more-wayward pal Ernie (Warren Berlinger) for decadent pursuits when they’re surprised by tomboy-ish Janet (Carol Lynley, her first scene), in the Twentieth Century-Fox melodrama Blue Denim, 1958.
Blue Denim (1959) - They're Engaged, For Pete's Sake! Arthur (Brandon De Wilde) is practicing his missed shot that would have won the game when swooning Janet (Carol Lynley) proposes a walk home together, just days since their first kiss, interrupted by his sister and boyfriend (Nina Shipman, Buck Class), in Blue Denim, 1958.
Party, The (1968) - Chicken There's help from a drunken waiter (Steve Franken) but mostly it's Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers), the accidentally-invited Indian actor, who makes big trouble with a roast chicken in Blake Edwards' The Party, 1968.
Poseidon Adventure, The (1972) - Six Hundred Pound Swordfish Priest Gene Hackman leads survivors toward the hull of the flipped ocean liner, Roddy McDowall the injured waiter, Shelley Winters and Jack Albertson the retirees, Pamela Sue Martin a frightened teen, Carol Lynley the lounge singer, Ernest Borgnine the surly cop, Stella Stevens his increasingly disrobed wife, in The Poseidon Adventure, 1972.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) - The Fours Are Packing Up Mystified American Ann (Carol Lynley) can't find her daughter after the first day at the new London school, though a teacher (Jill Melford) is unworried, in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965, co-starring Laurence Olivier.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) - Only Ten Minutes The Germanic cook (Lucie Mannheim) has bigger problems and happily assures American Ann (Carol Lynley) that she'll watch over her daughter in her first day at her new London school in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965.
Poseidon Adventure, The (1972) - An Enormous Wall Of Water New Year’s eve, Leslie Nielsen at the helm as the wave hits, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, young Eric Shea, Carol Lynley, hip priest Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens among the revelers, plus director Ronald Neame’s famous skylight shot, in writer-producer Irwin Allen’s disaster hit, The Poseidon Adventure, 1972.
Under The Yum-Yum Tree (1963) - Open, Compatibility Robert Tucker was the choreographer and Dale Hennesy the production designer for the memorable dance opening for Under The Yum Yum Tree, 1963, starring Dean Jones, Carol Lynley and Jack Lemmon.
Last Sunset, The (1961) - Cowboys Aren't Very Bright We know little about the Kirk Douglas character here, except that Rock Hudson's after him, as he introduces himself to Dorothy Malone (Mrs. Breckenridge), daughter Melissa (Carol Lynley) and hired man Wing (Regis Toomey), at a ranch in Mexico, in Robert Aldrich's The Last Sunset, 1961.
Under The Yum Yum Tree - Horrible Female Things Chauvinism and comedy as maid Dorkus (Imogene Coca) shows professor Irene (Edie Adams) she's been tricked by ex-beau and landlord Hogan (Jack Lemmon) whom she then attacks at the barber shop in Under The Yum Yum Tree, 1963.
Under The Yum Yum Tree - Your References Lecherous landlord Hogan (Jack Lemmon) thinks he's outsmarted perky Robin (Carol Lynley) who's in fact tricked him regarding her roommate, in an early scene from Under The Yum Yum Tree, 1963.
Pleasure Seekers, The - Mucho Gusto! American girls in Madrid, Maggie (Carol Lynley) joined by Susie (Pamela Tiffin) lacking only redhead (roommate Ann-Margret, coming soon) opening director Jean Negulesco's The Pleasure Seekers, 1964.

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Family

Cyril Jones
Father
Frances Fuller Felch
Mother
Jill Selsman
Daughter
Writer. Once worked for <i>Interview</i>; born in 1962; father, Michael Selsman.

Companions

Michael Selsman
Husband
Press agent; later literary agent, producer. Married in 1960; divorced in 1964.
David Frost
Companion
Had 18-year off-again, on-again relationship with Lynley.

Bibliography

Notes

Lynley posed for a PLAYBOY photo spread in 1965.

"I'm in transition. I'm playing middle-aged parts, which is a good idea! . . . Eventually, I want to make the next transition to where I'm playing snowy-haired old ladies, my Helen Hayes period." --Carol Lynley in PEOPLE, November 28, 1994