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 studied dance in her childhood.
Lynley's parents divorced when she was a child, and her mother worked as a waitress until Lynley's income from modelling was enough to sustain the family.
She began her career as a child model under the name Carolyn Lee. She appeared on the April 22, 1957, cover of Life
identified as "Carol Lynley, 15, Busy Career Girl." at age 15.
When she started acting, she discovered that child actress Carolyn Lee (born Carolyn Copp, 1935)
had already registered the name in the Actors' Equity union
. She modified it by using the final syllable of Carolyn and fusing it with Lee to make Lynley.
In her teenage years Lynley appeared in several Clairol
advertisements that were publicized across the country.
In 1955, she made her first stage appearance in Moss Hart
stage hit, Anniversary Waltz
At the age of 15, she played the role of Dame Sybil Thorndyke's granddaughter in the Broadway play The Potting Shed
Early on, Lynley distinguished herself on both the Broadway stage and in 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
She won the Theatre World Award
as "one of the most promising personalities for 1956-57" for her performance in Blue Denim.
This recognition helped her get a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox
The Hollywood Reporter
reported that she was on the peak of her career in the year 1965.
Lynley posed nude at age 22 for the March 1965 edition of Playboy
magazine (pp. 108–115).
She played the role of the mother of a kidnapped child in the thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing
(1965). Lynley took the role of the blonde bombshell Jean Harlow in the biopic titled Harlow
The decline in her career started in the late 1960s and '70s. She did smaller roles, guest appearances and appeared in low-budget productions like The Maltese Bippy
, The Four Deuces
, The Washington Affair
and Bad Georgia Road
. In 1992, she acted in a low-budget thriller Spirits
, as a nun. She acted in Flypaper
(1997) followed by the low-budget film Drowning on Dry Land
Many of the low-budget movies she acted in during the later part of her career were direct-to-video
In 2000, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle
, Lynley discussed the difficulty faced by middle-aged actresses in finding roles. She predicted she'd have a comeback in old age, stating, "I don't mean to sound conceited, but I am a very talented actress, and I have my head screwed on right." And she added "I'm not going to drug clinics, I look good, and I've got all my marbles. So I really believe I'll be back."
In 1960, she married publicist Michael Selsman. The marriage produced one child, Jill Selsman (a director of short films), and ended in divorce in 1964.
Lynley had an 18-year intermittent affair with English broadcaster and writer David Frost
Lynley died aged 77 of a heart attack on September 3, 2019, at her home in Pacific Palisades, California.
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