In Morticias Shadow: The Life & Career of Carolyn Jones by James PylantA biography of Carolyn Jones
Before captivating America as Morticia in the 1960s hit television series The Addams Family, actress Carolyn Jones appeared in 30 movies (including starring roles with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra) and had a decade-long marriage to producer Aaron Spelling. But the road to Hollywood from her native Amarillo, Texas, was studded with rejection, typecasting, and unwanted comparisons to an actress who hated her: Bette Davis. Determined to succeed, Carolyn reinvented herself by enduring plastic surgery and dyeing her blonde hair black. Hollywood rewarded its rising star with an Oscar nomination and The Addams Family,which would become a curse, overshadowing the future of her acting career.
The Life and Sad Ending of Carolyn Jones
Jones began her film career in the early s, 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 and a Golden Globe Award as one of the most promising actresses of Her film career continued for another 20 years. In , she began playing the role of Morticia Addams as well as her sister Ophelia and the feminine counterpart of Thing , Lady Fingers , in the original black and white television series The Addams Family. Baker,  paying 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 She appeared in several episodes of Dragnet , credited as Caroline Jones in several episodes; had an uncredited bit part as a nightclub hostess in The Big Heat , and a role in House of Wax also as the woman who is converted by Vincent Price 's character into a Joan of Arc statue.
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