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Carolyn Jones Biography

Birth Name:
Carolyn Sue Jones
Birth Place:
Amarillo, Texas, United States

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


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


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