Hand color tinted photo of Carol Lynley
Carol Lynley (born February 13, 1942) is an American actress and former child model.
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 magazine 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
teenage characters played by Lynley and co-star Brandon deWilde had to deal with an unwanted pregnancy and a (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
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.
Lynley posed nude at age 22 for the March 1965 edition of Playboy magazine.
In 2006, she appeared in a 30-minute film, Vic, co-written and directed by Sage Stallone, the late son of Sylvester Stallone.
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.