The Poseidon Adventure actress Carol Lynley dies at the age of 77

Carol Lynley died at the age of 77 in her home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The actress was best known for the 1972 disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure which also starred Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters. The film, about the sinking of a cruise ship after being hit by a tsunami, was a box-office dynamo.

The New York native came to fame in the 1960s as a blonde bombshell as she starred in such hits as Return To Peyton Place (1961) and Under The Yum Yum Tree (1963). 

Sad loss for Hollywood: Carol Lynley died at the age of 77 in her home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Tuesday; seen here in 1981 when her TV career was thriving

Sad loss for Hollywood: Carol Lynley died at the age of 77 in her home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Tuesday; seen here in 1981 when her TV career was thriving

Sad loss for Hollywood: Carol Lynley died at the age of 77 in her home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Tuesday; seen here in 1981 when her TV career was thriving

Hell on the high seas: The actress was best known for the 1972 disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure which also starred Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters. The film, about the sinking of a cruise ship after being hit by a tsunami, was a box-office dynamo; seen second from right

Hell on the high seas: The actress was best known for the 1972 disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure which also starred Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters. The film, about the sinking of a cruise ship after being hit by a tsunami, was a box-office dynamo; seen second from right

Hell on the high seas: The actress was best known for the 1972 disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure which also starred Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters. The film, about the sinking of a cruise ship after being hit by a tsunami, was a box-office dynamo; seen second from right

Her daughter Jill Selsman told

She added that Carol ‘loved the industry and she was equally a great fan of the movies.’

Jill said: ‘She loved working in film as much as she loved going to the movies. I saw everything as a child with her,’ Selsman added.

They made history: The film was a big hit in an era of big disaster movies. From left to right, Roddy McDowall, Pamela Sue Martin, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Carol, Arthur O'Connell and Red Buttons

They made history: The film was a big hit in an era of big disaster movies. From left to right, Roddy McDowall, Pamela Sue Martin, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Carol, Arthur O'Connell and Red Buttons

They made history: The film was a big hit in an era of big disaster movies. From left to right, Roddy McDowall, Pamela Sue Martin, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Carol, Arthur O’Connell and Red Buttons

Afraid: In 1972 she hit big with The Poseidon Adventure playing the timid Nonnie Parry who is unstable after her brother dies, but manages to get out of the doomed cruise ship alive

Afraid: In 1972 she hit big with The Poseidon Adventure playing the timid Nonnie Parry who is unstable after her brother dies, but manages to get out of the doomed cruise ship alive

Afraid: In 1972 she hit big with The Poseidon Adventure playing the timid Nonnie Parry who is unstable after her brother dies, but manages to get out of the doomed cruise ship alive

She continued, ‘She was curious about the world around her, loved to spend time with interesting people, of all stripes and was generally a very peaceful person. Very live and let live.

The draw: She was the blonde pinup that kept Poseidon afloat

The draw: She was the blonde pinup that kept Poseidon afloat

The draw: She was the blonde pinup that kept Poseidon afloat

‘She loved to dance, going to the ballet, seeing anything on Broadway. 

‘I basically lived at Lincoln Center as a child because of her,’ Selsman said. 

‘She had an easy approach to life and always took the good with the bad. She was a bon vivant. 

‘There really was no situation that couldn’t be improved or ignored because there really was so much fun to be had, why dwell on things you can’t change.

‘Which is what I think she’s doing now. 

‘Clearly, you can’t change death, but if there is a world beyond, she’s dancing with her great friend Fred Astaire and enjoying her new life as much as she enjoyed her previous one,’ Selsman said.

Another good one: In Return To Peyton Place she starred with Jeff Chandler as the unhappy young woman in a New Hampshire town. José Ferrer was the director

Another good one: In Return To Peyton Place she starred with Jeff Chandler as the unhappy young woman in a New Hampshire town. José Ferrer was the director

Another good one: In Return To Peyton Place she starred with Jeff Chandler as the unhappy young woman in a New Hampshire town. José Ferrer was the director

Lynley began her career as a model in NYC and headed to Hollywood in the late 1950s.

She was noticed by Alfred Hitchcock right away as he cast her on his TV show The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in the episode The Young One in 1957.

Next came Holiday For Lovers in 1959 then Blue Denim, about getting pregnant as a teen, where she worked with Brandon De Wilde.

Pretty young thing: She worked on TV series like The Virginian until she landed the role of Robin Austin in Under The Yum Yum Tree in 1963, about a love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiance and give him a chance. The film, which starred Jack Lemmon, was an instant hit

Pretty young thing: She worked on TV series like The Virginian until she landed the role of Robin Austin in Under The Yum Yum Tree in 1963, about a love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiance and give him a chance. The film, which starred Jack Lemmon, was an instant hit

Pretty young thing: She worked on TV series like The Virginian until she landed the role of Robin Austin in Under The Yum Yum Tree in 1963, about a love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiance and give him a chance. The film, which starred Jack Lemmon, was an instant hit

Lynley received her first Golden Globe nomination for most promising newcomer. 

In Return To Peyton Place she starred with Jeff Chandler as the unhappy young woman in a New Hampshire town. José Ferrer was the director.

She worked on TV series like The Virginian until she landed the role of Robin Austin in Under The Yum Yum Tree in 1963, about a love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiance and give him a chance. The film, which starred Jack Lemmon, was an instant hit.

Cute gals: In 1964 she lit up the fun-loving movie The Pleasure Seekers with Ann-Margret (middle) and Anthony Franciosa. Also seen here is Pamela Tiffin, far right

Cute gals: In 1964 she lit up the fun-loving movie The Pleasure Seekers with Ann-Margret (middle) and Anthony Franciosa. Also seen here is Pamela Tiffin, far right

Cute gals: In 1964 she lit up the fun-loving movie The Pleasure Seekers with Ann-Margret (middle) and Anthony Franciosa. Also seen here is Pamela Tiffin, top rated penis enlargement device far right

In 1964 she lit up the fun-loving movie The Pleasure Seekers with Ann-Margret and Anthony Franciosa.

She received great reviews when she starred in the scary thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing from director Otto Preminger about a woman whose young daughter goes missing.

More TV guest roles followed like a party in The Big Valley, Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat and Kojak as well as TV movies like The Night Stalker.

Drama: She received great reviews when she starred in the scary thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing from director Otto Preminger about a woman whose young daughter goes missing. Seen with Laurence Olivier, Keir Dullea

Drama: She received great reviews when she starred in the scary thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing from director Otto Preminger about a woman whose young daughter goes missing. Seen with Laurence Olivier, Keir Dullea

Drama: She received great reviews when she starred in the scary thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing from director Otto Preminger about a woman whose young daughter goes missing. Seen with Laurence Olivier, Keir Dullea

Pinup: Here she is seen in 1981. She popped up on all the hit TV shows like Hart To Hart and The Love Boat

Pinup: Here she is seen in 1981. She popped up on all the hit TV shows like Hart To Hart and The Love Boat

Pinup: Here she is seen in 1981. She popped up on all the hit TV shows like Hart To Hart and The Love Boat

A draw: In the 1984 TV series The Gift Of Beauty with MacKenzie Allen

A draw: In the 1984 TV series The Gift Of Beauty with MacKenzie Allen

A draw: In the 1984 TV series The Gift Of Beauty with MacKenzie Allen

In 1972 she hit big with The Poseidon Adventure playing the timid Nonnie Parry who is unstable after her brother dies, but manages to get out of the doomed cruise ship alive. 

In 1960, Lynley married publicist Michael Selsman. The two had one child, daughter Jill, before divorcing in 1964. 

And she had an 18-year relationship with British talk show host David Frost that was constantly on and off. 

Home life: In 1960, Lynley married publicist Michael Selsman. The two had one child, daughter Jill, before divorcing in 1964; seen in the early 1960s

Home life: In 1960, Lynley married publicist Michael Selsman. The two had one child, daughter Jill, before divorcing in 1964; seen in the early 1960s

Home life: In 1960, Lynley married publicist Michael Selsman. The two had one child, daughter Jill, before divorcing in 1964; seen in the early 1960s

Was it love? And she had an 18-year relationship with British talk show host David Frost that was constantly on and off. Seen in 1979 in LA

Was it love? And she had an 18-year relationship with British talk show host David Frost that was constantly on and off. Seen in 1979 in LA

Was it love? And she had an 18-year relationship with British talk show host David Frost that was constantly on and off. Seen in 1979 in LA

In 1994, she talked to People about fame: ‘The trouble is, sooner or later they want you to dish up the dirt,’ Lynley said at the time. 

‘Then I have to say, “Guys, what can I tell you? I haven’t committed a murder. I haven’t done porno. I haven’t been married 18 times. I don’t make threatening calls. I have my vices — but they’re all awfully normal.”‘

She worked steadily in the 1990s in films like Drowning on Dry Land with Barbara Hershey. Lynley’s last film role was in Sylvester Stallone’s 2006 short-film Vic. 

Later years: Here she is seen in pink in 2012 at the screening for the 40th Anniversary of The Poseidon Adventure at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

Later years: Here she is seen in pink in 2012 at the screening for the 40th Anniversary of The Poseidon Adventure at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

Later years: Here she is seen in pink in 2012 at the screening for the 40th Anniversary of The Poseidon Adventure at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

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