‘Poseidon Adventure’ Star Carol Lynley Dies At 77
Poseidon Adventure star Carol Lynley has died at age 77 in her Los Angeles home, her daughter Jill Selsman announced Friday.
Friend and actor, Trent Dolan told Variety that she passed away from a heart attack and died “peacefully in her sleep.”
The actress’ career spanned more than six decades, appearing in over 100 films and television series. A New York City native, Lynley started out as a child model and was profiled by Life magazine appearing on its cover when she was 15 and starring in The Potting Shed on Broadway. In 1958, she played the lead role of a teenage girl desperately seeking an abortion in the Broadway play Blue Denim. The actress reprised the role in the 1959 film version, earning a Golden Globe nomination.
However, the actress was best known for her role as pop singer Nonnie Parry in 1972’s The Poseidon Adventure. Her character performs the song “The Morning After,” although the vocals were dubbed. The song went on to win an Academy Award.
“Everybody in town wanted [the role],” she said in a 1972 interview, noting that castmate Red Buttons “made my life miserable because he thought I had a better part than he did. Of course, I did,” she stated.
Lynley’s acting career had slowed down in the most recent years with IMBD listing her last credit in a 2006 short titled Vic, directed by Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage.
Her daughter said, “She loved working in film and much as she loved going to the movies.”
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