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Subject: Archive: Carolyn Jones, Aug. 3, 1983

Actress, "Morticia"
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Date Posted: Friday, August 03, 01:15:40pm


The movie and television actress Carolyn Jones, who was best known for her role as the ghoulish Morticia in the television series ''The Addams Family,'' died of cancer today at her home here. She was 53 years old.

Among the films in which Miss Jones appeared were, ''Marjorie Morningstar,'' ''The Road to Bali,'' ''Baby Face Nelson'' ''The Saracen Blade,'' ''The Man Who Knew Too Much,'' ''The Seven Year Itch,'' ''House of Wax,'' ''The Tender Trap,'' ''Last Train From Gun Hill'' and ''Ice Palace.''

In addition to her movie work, Miss Jones appeared in about 30 different television programs, including six episodes in the ''Dragnet'' series. She also had roles in ''Playhouse 90'' productions and the ''Colgate Comedy Hour.'' But it was her performances in the early 1960's television series, ''The Addams Family,'' that brought her greater popularity than any of her movie portrayals.

Early Interest in Acting

Miss Jones was born in Amarillo, Tex., and showed an early interest in acting. When she was 15 years old, she enrolled in classes at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, even though she was three years under the acceptable age.
Her first motion-picture role came as a result of a Playhouse production when she was seen by a talent scout and signed to appear with William Holden in ''The Turning Point'' in 1952.

Miss Jones's first marriage, to the producer Aaron Spelling, ended in 1964. She later married Herbert Green, a conductor-arranger, and lived in semiretirement for two years in Palm Springs - which she called ''God's waiting room.'' After her second marriage ended in divorce, Miss Jones married an actor, Peter Bailey-Britton, in 1981.

She is survived by her husband and a sister, Betty, of Massachusetts.

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