Carolyn Jones Biography (1929-1983)

Real name, Carolyn Baker; born April 28, 1929, in Amarillo, TX; died of cancer, August 3, 1983, in Los Angeles, CA; family has Comache Indian ancestry; married Aaron Spelling (a producer), 1953 (divorced, 1964); married Herbert Green (a composer-arranger) 1968 (divorced, 1977); married Peter Bailey-Britton(an actor), 1981. Career: Actress. Best known for playing Morticia Adams on television's The Addams Family, 1964--66. Awards, Honors:Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, 1957, for The BachelorParty; Golden Globe Award, Film-New Star of the Year, Female, 1958.

Birth Details
April 28, 1929
Amarillo, Texas, United States
Death Details
August 3, 1983
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Eunice, Road to Bali, Paramount, 1952
  • Woman, The Turning Point (also known as This is Dynamite!),Paramount, 1952
  • Cathy Gray, House of Wax, Warner Bros., 1953
  • Blonde, The War of the Worlds, Paramount, 1953
  • Doris, The Big Heat, Columbia, 1953
  • Polly, Three Hours to Kill, Columbia, 1954
  • Girl at bar, Shield for Murder, United Artists, 1954
  • Elaine of Siniscola, The Saracen Blade, Columbia, 1954
  • Geraldine, Republic, 1954
  • Madame Tallien, Desir‚e, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
  • Mary Rose, Make Haste to Live, Republic, 1954
  • Helen, The Tender Trap, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955
  • Miss Finch (night nurse), The Seven Year Itch, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • Pat, The Opposite Sex, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956
  • Theodora Belicec, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (also known as Sleep No More), Allied Artists, 1956
  • Cindy Fontaine, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Paramount, 1956
  • Julie, Johnny Trouble, 1957
  • Sue, Baby Face Nelson, United Artists, 1957
  • The existentialist, The Bachelor Party, United Artists, 1957
  • Marsha, Marjorie Morningstar, Republic, 1958
  • Ronnie, King Creole, Paramount, 1958
  • Linda, Last Train from Gun Hill, 1959
  • Shirley Drake, Career, Paramount, 1959
  • Shirl, A Hole in the Head, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1959
  • Linda Hamilton, A Man in the Net, United Artists, 1959
  • Bridie, Ice Palace, Warner Bros., 1960
  • Virginia, Sail a Crooked Ship, Columbia, 1961
  • Julie Rawlings, How the West Was Won, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962
  • Tandy Martin, A Ticklish Affair, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Jenny, Dance of Death, 1968
  • Paula Gibson, Color Me Dead (also known as D.O.A. II), Commonwealth, 1969
  • Madge McCloud, Heaven with a Gun, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • Miss Hattie, Eaten Alive (also known as Brutes and Savages,Death Trap, Horror Hotel, Horror Hotel Massacre, Legend of the Bayou, Murder on the Bayou and Starlight Slaughter), Prism Pictures, 1976
  • Beth, Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (also known as Secret Yearnings, The Shaming, and The Sin), 1979
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Morticia Addams, The Addams Family, ABC, 1964-66
  • Marsha, Batman, ABC, 1966-67
  • Morticia Frump Addams, Halloween with the New Addams Family, 1977
  • Myrna Clegg, Capitol, CBS, 1982-83
  • Movies
  • Marilyn Atkins, Little Ladies of the Night (also known as Diamond Alley), ABC, 1977
  • Bernadette Chase, Midnight Lace, NBC, 1980
  • Miniseries
  • Mrs. Moore, Roots, ABC, 1977
  • Peg, The French Atlantic Affair, ABC, 1979
  • Vera, The Dream Merchants, syndicated, 1980
  • Specials
  • Morticia Addams and Ophelia Frump, The Addams Family, NBC, 1977
  • Episodic
  • Pamela Waring, "The Cheney Vase," Alfred Hitchock Presents, CBS/NBC, 1955
  • "Until the Man Dies," Zane Grey Theater, CBS, 1957
  • Julie Cameron, "The John Cameron Story," Wagon Train, NBC/ABC, 1957
  • "Wayfarers," Zane Grey Theater, CBS, 1960
  • Julie Whiting, "Blood Red," Zane Grey Theater, CBS, 1961
  • "Who Killed Julie Greer?," The Dick Powell Show, NBC, 1961
  • Jenna Douglas, "The Jenna Douglas Story," Wagon Train, NBC/ABC, 1961
  • "The Molly Kincaid Story," Wagon Train, NBC/ABC, 1963
  • Ophelia Frump, The Addams Family, ABC, 1964
  • Marsha, "Marsha, Queen of Diamonds," Batman, ABC, 1966
  • Marsha, "Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds," Batman, ABC, 1966
  • Marsha, "Penguin's Disastrous End," Batman, ABC, 1967
  • Marsha, "Penguin is a Girl's Best Friend," Batman, ABC, 1967
  • Marsha, "Penguin Sets a Trend," Batman, ABC, 1967
  • Annie, "The Legacy of Spencer Flats," The Virginian, NBC, 1971
  • Ghost Story, NBC, 1972
  • The Registrar, "Demon in Lace," Kolchak: The Night Stalker, ABC, 1975
  • The Queen Mother, "The Feminum Mystique: Part One and Two," Wonder Woman, CBS, 1976
  • "Last of the Dinosaurs," Quincy, M.E., NBC, 1976
  • The Queen Mother, "Wonder Woman in Hollywood," Wonder Woman, CBS,1977
  • "Stain of Guilt," Quincy, M.E., NBC, 1981
  • Also appeared in episodes of Playhouse 90, CBS; Colgate ComedyHour, NBC; and six episodes of Dragnet, NBC.
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Elephant Man, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1980-1981
  • Major Tours
  • Ruth, The Homecoming, U.S. cities, 1967-1968
  • Hannah Warren, "Visitor from New York"; Millie Michaels, "Visitors from Philadelphia"; and Diana Nichols, "Visitors from London"; in California Suite (triple-bill), U.S. cities, 1978

Further Reference


    • New York Times, August 4, 1983, .*

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