Very sad news today, Carol Lynley, best known for her role in the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, died at her Pacific Palisades home Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. She was 77.
Though she is remembered most today for Poseidon, she was a bona fide movie star of the late 1950s and 60s, her career beginning at the very end of the old Hollywood studio system. She made her debut aged 16 in Disney's A Light in the Forest (1958). Other 1960s films include Return to Peyton Place (1961), The Cardinal (1963), Bunny Lake is Missing (1965; her favourite role, opposite Laurence Olivier), The Shuttered Room (1967) and Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969, a bizarre remake of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, in which she shone as a glamorous psychopath). She went on to have a long career during the 70s and 80s guesting in popular television shows and TV movies.
Though her career wound down in recent years, she was still making public appearances until recently, and her death comes as quite a shock.
*A personal note: Carol is probably my favourite Hollywood star. My interest in her career spawned my love of old film, and for that I thank her. I'm very sad today.