18 Facts About Carolyn Jones


Carolyn Sue Jones was an American actress of television and film.


Carolyn Jones was born in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Chloe Jeanette Southern, a housewife, and Julius Alfred Jones, a barber.


Carolyn Jones suffered from severe asthma that often restricted her childhood activities, and when her condition prevented her from going to the movies, she became an avid reader of Hollywood fan magazines and aspired to become an actress.


Carolyn Jones enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse in California at age 17, with her grandfather, Charles W Baker, paying her tuition.


Carolyn Jones played Beth in Shield for Murder, earning $500 per day for playing the role.


Carolyn Jones was cast in the film From Here to Eternity in the role of Alma "Lorene" Burke.


Carolyn Jones appeared in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and in the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, a remake of one of the director's earlier films.


Carolyn Jones played opposite Frank Sinatra in Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head, Dean Martin in Career, and Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas in Last Train from Gun Hill.


Carolyn Jones appeared on the CBS anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents in the episode "The Cheney Vase", as a secretary assisting her scheming boyfriend Darren McGavin in attempting an art theft, and opposite Ruta Lee.


In 1964, using a long coal-black wig, Carolyn Jones began playing Morticia Addams on the television series The Addams Family, a role which brought her success as a comedian and a Golden Globe Award nomination.


Carolyn Jones guest-starred on the 1960s TV series Batman, playing Marsha, the Queen of Diamonds, and in 1976 appeared as the title character's mother, Hippolyta, in the Wonder Woman TV series.


Carolyn Jones's acting career declined after The Addams Family ended in 1966.


Carolyn Jones converted to Judaism upon being married to television producer Aaron Spelling from 1953 until their 1964 separation and divorce.


Carolyn Jones gained the role of the power-driven political matriarch Myrna Clegg in the CBS daytime soap opera Capitol in 1981.


In September 1982, realizing she was dying, Carolyn Jones married her boyfriend of five years, actor Peter Bailey-Britton.


Carolyn Jones wore a lace and ribbon cap to hide the loss of her hair from chemotherapy.


Carolyn Jones's body was cremated on August 4 and a memorial service was held at Glasband-Willen Mortuary in Altadena, California, on August 5,1983.


Carolyn Jones donated her Morticia costume and wig to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while a collection of The Addams Family scripts was donated by Bailey-Britton to UCLA.