Although my Carol Lynley book (it is NOT a bio, as some disappointed folks seemed to believe, but a career retrospective) focuses on her genre work, I do discuss her work in comedies, romances, melodramas, etc. One of her most praise-worthy roles was that of the ill-fated Mona Fermoyle who goes from nice Irish Catholic girl to a tango-dancing prostitute in Otto Preminger’s Golden Globe-winning, multi-million dollar epic The Cardinal (1963). It traced the rise of Steven Fermoyle (Tom Tryon) from parish priest in Boston ca. 1910s to Cardinal in the 1940s. When the runaway Mona is found she is about to give birth and her priest brother must decide to either save the mother or the baby. He chooses the later due to Catholic dogma, and the final scene of Mona being rolled to her death and letting out one final scream, “Steve!” is chilling.
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Below is Carol Lynley is some of her later horror-themed performances.
If It’s a Man, Hang Up!
The Cat and the Canary
One of her many appearances on Fantasy Island
With Christopher Cazenove in “In Possession” on Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense
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With my book Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy & Suspense nominated for Book of the Year Nonfiction by the Rondo Hatton Horror Classic Awards (you can vote at https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/ ) I thought I would share a nice review of my book. Thanks Shock Cinema!
I am honored to announce that my book Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy & Suspense has been nominated by the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for Book of the Year (Non-fiction). Click here to access the ballot open to the public to vote for any and all the categories listed.
Soon to be released from BearManor Media. More details to follow in coming weeks.
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In March 1965, Carol Lynley took her new sex kitten persona to new heights when she posed semi-nude in the pages of Playboy in a pictorial by Sam Shaw entitled “Carol Lynley Grows Up.” She shocked the Hollywood establishment with Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons leading the charge against her calling her ‘young and foolish.” Carol’s response, “What’s all the excitement about? It’s only skin.” Prior to Lynley’s disrobing, actresses who posed for Playboy were either unknown starlets (i.e. Joan Staley, Marianna Gaba, Dolores Wells, etc), buxom fifties blondes of the Jayne Mansfield type, or more free-spirited European sexpots (i.e. Elke Sommer, Ursula Andress, etc.). Carol opened the floodgates and was soon followed by Joanna Pettet, Sharon Tate, Barbara McNair, Sherry Jackson, Alexandra Hay, Lana Wood, and others. More in my upcoming BearManor Media book Carol Lynley: Her Film and TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy and Suspense