Actress Carol Lynley is one lucky woman. She can boast of working with a show biz legend as one of the highlights of her film career.
The show biz legend was Hollywood superstar, singer/actress Judy Garland.
Blonde Carol Lynley was a lovely sight to see in such popular 1960s movies as THE PLEASURE SEEKERS with Ann-Margret and UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE with Jack Lemmon.
One of her most popular films came along in the 1970s. She was a star in the water-logged disaster movie that became a box office blockbuster, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE.
In the Carroll Baker version for Paramount, Angela Lansbury played the pivotal role of Jean Harlow's mother. For the Carol Lynley version, which was released before the Paramount production, Judy Garland had been cast in the role of Jean Harlow's mother. Weeks later, it was reported that Garland had been replaced by Ginger Rogers to star opposite Carol Lynley seen here as Harlow.
Carol Lynley smiled and her face lit up. She and Judy Garland had rehearsed "for three weeks, six days a week." You got the quick impression that those were three of most memorable weeks of Carol Lynley's film career. She immediately added that, despite whatever the tone of the reports of Garland's sudden departure were and despite whatever rumors were circulating, there was "...no alcohol, no pills, no craziness" at all in Garland's behavior. She stressed that the superstar singer/actress was totally professional and Lynley said that Garland did some great work in rehearsal.
Garland, by the way, had just become a teenager and was a newly-signed contract player at MGM in the 1930s when Harlow was a reigning queen of the screen at that same studio.
As for Judy, this was Garland after her spectacular Carnegie Hall concert success, after her Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1961's JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG and not long after her Sunday night CBS variety series, THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW (1963 to 1964).
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