Fast Facts

  • When she was just starting out, she worked as a disc jockey when acting jobs were unavailable.
  • Was discovered while studying acting at Pasadena Playhouse.
  • Made her television debut in Schlitz Playhouse of Stars.
  • Cast in From Here to Eternity but had to bow out due to illness; the part went to Donna Reed.
  • Was Oscar nominated for her role in The Bachelor Party (1957) despite being on-screen for only five minutes.
  • In 1964, she took on her most famous role as Morticia Addams on The Addams Family.
  • Joined the cast of the CBS soap Capitol in 1982, but was diagnosed with colon cancer soon after and played most of her scenes in a wheelchair.


  • 1964, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1957, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1958, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner


  • Jeannette Jones — Mother
  • Herbert S. Greene — Ex-husband
  • Peter Bailey-Britton — Husband
  • Aaron Spelling — Ex-husband
  • Julius Jones — Father
  • Bette Moriarty — Sister


  • Attended Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, California, United States (1950)


  • Birth Name: Carolyn Sue Jones
  • Birth Place: Amarillo, Texas, United States
  • Died: August 3, 1983
  • Profession: Actor

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