Oscar Impact: Typecasting–Jones, Carolyn (Bachelor Party)

Born April 28, 1929 in Amarillo, Texas; died in 1983.

A leading and character actress of Hollywood films with distinctive looks and offbeat style.

A former disc jockey and stage player in stock, she gained wide popularity in the mid60s in the role of Morticia in “The Addams Family” (1964) TV series.

On the big screen, she is perhaps best remembered as Vincent Price’s embalmed victim in “House of Wax” (1953).

Jones was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in “The Bachelor Party” (1957).

She was married to producer Aaron Spelling, and died of cancer at 54.

Oscar Alert

In 1957, for her turn in “Bachelor Party,” Carolyn Jones competed for the Supporting Actress Oscar with Elsa Lanchester in “Witness for the Prosecution,” Hope Lange and Diane Varsi, both for “Peyton Place,” and Miyoshi Umeki (who won) in “Sayonara.”