In her 50`s.
Talk about a gorgeous goth chick although Carolyn Jones, who will always be Morticia to me, clearly didn`t age well. Carolyn made her first film in 1952. She married Aaron Spelling in 1953 which of course helped her secure more roles. Atta girl, Carolyn. She actually was a bit creepy before the Addams Family.
view: The Addams Family 1964
video: Carolyn Jones 60s Interview
She starred with Vincent Price in the 1953 film House of Wax, and was molded into a Joan of Arc sculpture. She made guest appearances on a variety of 1950s sitcoms including City Detective, State Trooper, and an episode in the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (told you she was creepy). In 1956 our Creepy Carolyn starred in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (I`m sure her male fans would love to have invaded her bod).
video: The Opposite Sex begins at 2:10
She appeared in a variety of films until 1964 when she was offered the role of Morticia Addams. She divorced Aaron Spelling but by then her career was on the upswing so I suppose he had fulfilled his purpose. Although Carolyn is best remembered as Morticia, The Addams Family only ran for two seasons, 1964 – 1966.
video: Addams Family in the chair
That`s where it gets tawdry.
When the show ended Carolyn starred in the films Colour Me Dead (I`m dead serious) and Heaven with a Gun (serious again). That`s when Carolyn`s career took a serious nosedive. She didn`t grace the screen again until 1977 in the blockbuster hit Roots. In the same year Carolyn starred in … wait for it … Eaten Alive. Typecasting much? Her last film, Good Luck Miss Wyckoff was in 1979 and Carolyn simply vanished from film and tv. Good luck Ms. Jones.
video: color me dead (a much older Carolyn)
Comeback Grade: G for Goodbye Goth Girl
Carolyn`s Facebooks Fans: 427 Should have stuck with her Morticia role