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Jones in 1956
Carolyn Sue Jones
April 28, 1930
Amarillo, Texas, United States
|Died||August 3, 1983
West Hollywood, California, United States
|Cause of death||Colon cancer|
|Resting place||Melrose Abbey Memorial Park Cemetery, Anaheim, California|
|Education||Amarillo High School|
Carolyn Sue Jones (April 28, 1930 – August 3, 1983) was an American actress. Jones began her film career in the early 1950s, and by the end of the decade had achieved recognition with a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Bachelor Party (1957) and a Golden Globe Award as one of the most promising actresses of 1959. Her film career continued for another 20 years. In 1964, she began playing the role of Morticia Addams (as well as her sister Ophelia), in the television series The Addams Family, receiving a Golden Globe Award nomination for her work.
Jones was born in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Cloe Jeanette Southern, a housewife, and Julius Alfred Jones, a barber. In 1934, her father abandoned the family and her mother moved with her two children to her parents' home in Amarillo. In 1935, Carolyn, her younger sister Bette, her mother, and her grandparents were living in Des Moines, Iowa, but by 1940, they were back in Amarillo.
Carolyn suffered from severe asthma that often restricted her childhood activities. She was an avid reader, and loved Hollywood magazines. When her condition permitted she loved to go to the movies. She enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, although at 15 she was still three years under the minimum age; her grandfather agreed to pay her tuition.
After being spotted by a talent scout at the Playhouse, Jones secured a contract with Paramount Pictures and made her first film, The Turning Point, in 1952. In 1953, she married aspiring film-maker Aaron Spelling. She appeared in several episodes of Dragnet, credited as Caroline Jones in at least one episode; had an uncredited bit part as a nightclub hostess in The Big Heat, and a role in House of Wax as the woman who is converted by Vincent Price into a Joan of Arc statue. In 1954, she played Beth in Shield for Murder, earning $500 per day for playing the role.
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