• Carol Lynley is a former actress and model from New York City with an estimated net worth of over $10 million.
• She began her entertainment career as a child model, before transitioning to acting when she was 15.
• She starred in the controversial play “Blue Denim”, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the film adaptation.
• She has appeared in several other films and television shows, including “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Fantasy Island”.
• She had a relationship with broadcaster and writer David Frost that lasted for 18 years.

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Short Info

Date Of BirthFebruary 13, 1942
SpouseMichael Selsman
Fact"Carolyn Lee" was her modeling name -- a name that was already registered with Actors' Equity, so she changed it to use the homophone "Carol Lynley".

Who is Carol Lynley?

Carolyn Ann Jones was born on 13 February 1942, in New York City, USA, and is a former actress as well as a former model, best known popularly through her roles in the films “Return to Peyton Place”, and “Blue Denim” for which she won a Golden Globe nomination.

The Wealth of Carol Lynley

How rich is Carol Lynley? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $10 million, earned largely through a successful career in acting. She’s appeared on the cover of several magazines throughout her career, and as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life

Carol is of Scottish, Welsh, German, English and ancestry. At a very young age she was exposed to the entertainment industry, as a child model under the name Carolyn Lee. She her early years doing modelling work, and later when she turned 15, then developed an interest in acting. She appeared on the cover of “LIFE” magazine during the same year, and would then register as actress Carol Lynley.

She began her acting career on Broadway in the controversial production of “Blue Denim”, which would eventually make its way to Hollywood with Carol reprising her role. The show deals with issues of teenage pregnancy and then abortion, although the topics at the time were not widely discussed. The film and the play had different endings, but she co-starred with Brandon deWilde in both. For her performance in the film, she was nominated a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer- Female in 1959.

Career Prominence

Two years later, Lynley had one of her most notable film roles in “Return to Peyton Place” which is a film based on the novel of the same name by Grace Metalious, and a sequel to “Peyton Place”.  In 1963, she was cast in “Under the Yum Yum Tree”, a comedy film based on a Broadway play that ran during 1960, and starring her alongside Jack Lemmon, which earned Lemmon a Golden Globe nomination. The following year, she appeared in “The Pleasure Seekers’ based on the novel “Coins in the Fountain” by John H. Secondarim and which was nominated for an Academy Award for Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment.

In 1965 she was cast in “Bunny Lake Is Missing”, a psychological thriller based on the novel of the same name by Merriam Model. Despite on release being dismissed as unworthy by critics, it had positive reviews from high profile critics such as Andrew Sarris. Her career continued with films such as “The Cardinal” and “The Poseidon Adventure”, which featured an ensemble cast of five Academy Award winners including Jack Albertson as well as Gene Hackman, and in which she performed the song “The Morning After” which won an Oscar.

Later Career

Aside from her film work, Carol appeared in the television shows such as “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” and “Fantasy Island”, which is a series about a mysterious person who grants the fantasies of visitors to the said island, but the fantasies comes at a price. Other shows she worked on throughout her career include “The Big Valley”, “Mannix”, “It Takes a Thief”, and “Night Gallery”. She also had a role in the series “The Invaders”, a science fiction program about a person trying to thwart an alien invasion.

Carol also made appearances in shows such as “Kojak” and “Hawaii Five-O”, which ran during the 1970s and featured the head of a special state police task force Steve McGarrett, a character which is based on an actual unit that existed during the 1940s martial law. Carol also had guest roles in “Charlie’s Angels” and “Hart to Hart”, a nd during the fourth season of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, she had a two episode role in “The Prince of Darkness Affair”. She also posed nude for an edition of “Playboy” magazine, and appeared in the short film entitled “Vic”, directed by the late son of Sylvester Stallone, Sage Stallone.

Personal Life

For her personal life, it is known that she was married to publicist Michael Selsman from 1960 to 1964, and they had a child together. She was also known to have an intermittent relationship with broadcaster and writer David Frost which lasted for around 18 years – he is best known for being the host of the show “That Was the Week That Was” which led him to US television, and often conducted interviews with political personalities, including one with US President Richard Nixon which was later adapted into a  stage play and then a film.

General Info

Full NameCarol Lynley
Date Of BirthFebruary 13, 1942
ProfessionActor, Child model


SpouseMichael Selsman
ChildrenJill Victoria Selsman
ParentsCyril Jones, Frances Jones


NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress
MoviesThe Poseidon Adventure, Bunny Lake Is Missing, The Last Sunset, Blue Denim, The Pleasure Seekers, Under the Yum Yum Tree, The Cardinal, The Shuttered Room, Return to Peyton Place, Once You Kiss A Stranger, The Night Stalker, H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come, The Maltese Bippy, Bad Georgia Ro...
TV ShowsJourney to the Unknown

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1I've never been in a scandal. I've never been caught running naked down a highway. I've not tried to shoot anybody. Nobody's ever tried to shoot me. My child is legitimate... I've never been to Betty Ford... No porn... No drug addictions... I've outlived three of my doctors. So if you're going to write a juicy book, I've got a problem.


1Her father's name was Cyril Jones, and her mother's name was Frances Peltch.
2With her friend, entertainment reporter Nelson Aspen, Lynley appeared in several interstitial showbiz segments covering a variety of topics. For Australia's #1 morning show Sunrise (2003), she reflected on the remake of The Poseidon Adventure (1972). On TV Guide Television (1999), she discussed her long career in television, film and on Broadway. For "New with Nelson", she revealed some of her Oscar picks for that year and named her all time favorite Oscar winner as Frank Sinatra.
3Was close friends with actor/dancer Fred Astaire. In the 1970s, it was rumored in the press that they might even marry; however, 81-year old Astaire wed the two and a half years younger Robyn Smith in 1980. Carol is quoted extensively in the book "Fred Astaire: His Friends Talk" (1988), by Sarah Giles.
4Although in later years she claimed to have sung "The Morning After" in The Poseidon Adventure (1972), her voice was in fact dubbed by studio singer Renée Armand.
5Is a huge fan of Cameron Diaz, one of her favorite films being There's Something About Mary (1998).
6Lynley owned the boots and pendant she wears in The Poseidon Adventure (1972). She complained during production that the boots were shrinking due to constant immersion in water, making them extremely uncomfortable.
7She was featured on the April 22, 1957 cover of LIFE Magazine. Walt Disney saw her photo and article, and decided to cast her in his release The Light in the Forest (1958). It was Carol's debut (she received an "and introducing" credit in the opening titles), but it was also her swan song for Disney's studio. Opposite James MacArthur, a Broadway actor, both gave convincing performances, receiving mixed critical reaction, mostly because of the entrenched polarized "pro" and "anti" Disney factions.
8Her only child is a daughter with ex-husband Michael Selsman named Jill Selsman (born March 2, 1962).
9"Carolyn Lee" was her modeling name -- a name that was already registered with Actors' Equity, so she changed it to use the homophone "Carol Lynley".
10She had an affair off and on with David Frost for 18 years.




The Evil Touch1974TV SeriesCora Blake
The Elevator1974TV MovieIrene Turner
The Magician1974TV SeriesJanet Keegan
Great Mysteries1973TV SeriesElizabeth Ann Zachary
The Poseidon Adventure1972Nonnie Parry
Beware! The Blob1972Leslie
The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesGail Sumner
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesJenny Tarraday (segment "Last Rites for a Dead Druid")
The Night Stalker1972TV MovieGail Foster
Crosscurrent1971TV MovieKathy Cooper
Mannix1971TV SeriesDorothy Kinman
Weekend of Terror1970TV MovieSister Meredith
The Most Deadly Game1970TV SeriesBrooke
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1970TV SeriesJudith Walters
Norwood1970Yvonne Phillips
The Immortal1969-1970TV SeriesSylvia Cartwright
Once You Kiss a Stranger...1969Diana
The Maltese Bippy1969Robin Sherwood
It Takes a Thief1969TV SeriesMichelle
The Smugglers1968TV MovieJo Hudson
Shadow on the Land1968TV MovieAbigail 'Abby' Tyler
The Big Valley1968TV SeriesDilly Shanks
Journey to the Unknown1968TV SeriesEve
The Helicopter Spies1968Annie
The F.B.I.1967TV SeriesLynn Hallett
The Invaders1967TV SeriesElyse Reynolds
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1967TV SeriesAnnie Justin
Danger Route1967Jocelyn
The Shuttered Room1967Susannah Whately Kelton / Sarah
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1965-1966TV SeriesMiranda Woodland / Irene Ayers
Run for Your Life1966TV SeriesApril Martin
Bunny Lake Is Missing1965Ann Lake
Harlow1965/IIJean Harlow
The Pleasure Seekers1964Maggie Williams
Shock Treatment1964Cynthia Lee Albright
Another World1964TV SeriesJudge Dunlay (1990)
The Cardinal1963Mona Regina Fermoyle
Under the Yum Yum Tree1963Robin Austin
The Stripper1963Miriam Caswell
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV SeriesElise
The Virginian1962TV SeriesJudith Morrow
Alcoa Premiere1962TV SeriesSandy Carter
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962TV SeriesSister Pamela Wiley
The Last Sunset1961Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge
Return to Peyton Place1961Allison
General Electric Theater1956-1959TV SeriesPhyllis / Barbara Clark / Mary Elizabeth Asher / ...
Hound-Dog Man1959Dony Wallace
Blue Denim1959Janet Willard
Holiday for Lovers1959Betsy Dean
Shirley Temple's Storybook1958TV SeriesRapunzel
Pursuit1958TV SeriesElaine Hermann
The Light in the Forest1958Shenandoe
The DuPont Show of the Month1957TV SeriesJudy Graves
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1957TV SeriesJanice
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour1956TV Series
The Alcoa Hour1956TV SeriesSetsu
Goodyear Playhouse1956TV Series
Vic2006ShortCarrie Lee
A Light in the Forest2003Gramma Irene
Drowning on Dry Land1999Marge
Flypaper1999Housewife in Kitchen (uncredited)
Neon Signs1996Faith
Howling VI: The Freaks1991VideoMiss Eddington
Spirits1990Sister Jillian
Monsters1990TV SeriesDr. Elizabeth Porter
Dark Tower1989Tilly
Blackout1988Esther Boyle
Night Heat1987TV SeriesGrace Barnett
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesKaren Davis
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesSylvia Daly
Tales of the Unexpected1984TV SeriesElizabeth
Fantasy Island1977-1984TV SeriesSheila McKenna Catherine Harris Gwen ...
Hotel1983TV SeriesZane Elliott
The Fall Guy1983TV SeriesIvy Morris
Balboa1983Erin Blakely
Vigilante1983Assistant D.A. Mary Fletcher
Baker's Dozen1982TV Series
Judgment Day1981TV MovieHarriet Egan
Hart to Hart1981TV SeriesEva DrakeAnn Marie Fabro
Best of Friends1981TV MovieMarge Adams
Charlie's Angels1980TV SeriesLisa Gallo
The Littlest Hobo1980TV SeriesJune Wilson
Willow B: Women in Prison1980TV MovieClaire Hastings
Me olvidé de vivir1980Laura (as Carol Linley)
The Shape of Things to Come1979Niki
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesCarol Gilmore
The Cat and the Canary1978Annabelle West
Sword of Justice1978TV SeriesCyndy Rupert
The Beasts Are on the Streets1978TV MovieDr. Claire McCauley
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye1978TV Series
Cops and Robin1978TV MovieDr. Alice Alcott
Hawaii Five-O1978TV SeriesValerie Bates / Karen Baker
The Washington Affair1977Barbara Nicholson
Having Babies II1977TV MovieSally Magee
Bad Georgia Road1977Molly Golden
Kojak1977TV SeriesPolly Ames
Flood!1976TV MovieAbbie Adams
Police Woman1976TV Series
Quincy M.E.1976TV SeriesLynn Dressler
The Four Deuces1975Wendy Rittenhouse - the Girlfriend
Thriller1975TV SeriesSuzy Martin
Death Stalk1975TV MovieCathy Webster


The Poseidon Adventure1972performer: "The Song From The Poseidon Adventure" 1972
Bunny Lake Is Missing1965performer: "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush"
The DuPont Show of the Month1957TV Series performer - 1 episode


Jenseits von Hollywood - Das Kino des Otto Preminger2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Poseidon Adventure: The Cast Looks Back2006Video shortHerself
Cult Culture: The Poseidon Adventure2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHerself (as Carol Linley)
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker1991DocumentaryHerself
The Joe Franklin Show1989TV Series
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
Omnibus1980TV SeriesHerself
The American Movie Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
Circus of the Stars #31979TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Short Film, Animated & Live Action
The Hollywood Squares1967-1979TV SeriesHerself
The 21st Annual Grammy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1973TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The 29th Annual Golden Globe Awards1972TV SpecialHerself
The Return of the Movie Movie1972Documentary shortNonny / Herself (uncredited)
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1971TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHerself
ABC Stage 671967TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Stump the Stars1953-1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist / Herself
Henry Fonda and the Family1962TV SpecialHerself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Chump Change2000Nonnie Parry (uncredited)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 21999TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1961TV SeriesShenandoe


Nominated Awards

1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleBlue Denim (1959)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female New Personality5th place.
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleThe Light in the Forest (1958)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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