Carol Lynley, the American actress best know for her role in 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, has passed away at the age of 77.

Lynley’s close friend, fellow actor Trent Dolan, confirmed her death after she suffered a heart attack on September 3, 2019 at her home in Pacific Palisades, California.

Having started life as a child model, Lynley was handed her first acting breakthrough in 1959 with the then controversial picture Blue Denim. Lynley, who played the role of fifteen-year-old Janet Willard, performed in its initial run on Broadway before reprising the role for a Hollywood remake. Dealing with the issues of teenage pregnancy and the then-illegal topic of abortion, both the theatre production and film version was highly debated at the time.

From there Lynley went on to star in films such as Return to Peyton PlaceBunny Lake is Missing, The Pleasure Seekers, The Cardinal, and, of course, the Ronald Neame-directed film The Poseidon Adventure which went on to win two Academy Awards.

Lynley married publicist Michael Selsman when she was 18 and the relationship lasted from 1960-64 and the two had their daughter, Jill.

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