Carolyn Jones: Morticia Addams, Elvis Co-Star And Oscar Nominee

By | April 30, 2021

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Left: Carolyn Jones with Elvis Presley in 'King Creole.' Right: Jones as Morticia Addams in 1965. Sources: IMDB; Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives

Carolyn Jones will forever be known as Morticia Addams, the matriarch of The Addams Family. However, Jones had a long career that lasted for most her young life. Even though she left this mortal coil when she was only in her 50s, Jones appeared in numerous films and television shows that we're still talking about to this day.

Whether she was co-starring with Elvis in King Creole or Frank Sinatra in Hole in the Head, Jones brings a sly smile and charming wit to every appearance on screen. From her early beginnings at the Pasadena Playhouse to her Academy Award nominated role in The Bachelor Party and her final role in the early '80s, Carolyn Jones always managed to be kooky, spooky, and altogether ooky.

Small town girl

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source: ABC

Born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1930, Carolyn Jones was an asthmatic child who spent most of her times indoors. When she was only four years old her father walked out on the family and left her and her mother to fend for themselves. Her biographer said of the abandonment:

There was no support from Carolyn’s father; Julius Jones is just completely out of the picture. He abandoned the family when she was very young, so she never met him, though I don’t think that ever held her back. And Chloe was unable to really hold down a job on a regular basis, so the two of them ended up living with Chloe’s mother and stepfather.

As an indoor kid Jones spent most of her days reading Hollywood fan magazines simply because she couldn't go to the movies. These magazines are exactly what pushed her to become an actress. At the age of 15 she made her way to California and and enrolled in the Pasadena Community Playhouse in spite of being three years below the acceptable age.