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Carol Lynley has died aged 77 (Picture: Getty)

Carol Lynley, best known for starring in the 1972 disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure, has died aged 77.

The New York-born actress suffered a heart attack at her Pacific Palisades home on Tuesday, her close friend Trent Dolan told Variety.

The Golden Globe-nominated star, who was great friends with dancer Fred Astaire, started out as a child model before starring in a string of Hollywood movies.

Her daughter, Jill Selsman, said that she passed away peacefully in her sleep, in a statement to People.

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She starred in films like the 1959 drama Blue Denim and 1972 disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure (Picture: Getty)

She said: Clearly, you cant change death, but if there is a world beyond, shes dancing with her great friend Fred Astaire and enjoying her new life as much as she enjoyed her previous one.

Jill, who is a director, said, said Carol was a peaceful person who was a great fan of the movies.

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She was curious about the world around her, loved to spend time with interesting people, of all stripes and was generally a very peaceful person. Very live and let live, she said.

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Her daughter Jill said she was a peaceful person who loved movies (Picture: FilmMagic)

She loved working in film and much as she loved going to the movies. I saw everything as a child with her.

Carol shot to fame on the cover of Life magazine aged 15, before starring in Disneys The Light in the Forest and the film Holiday for Lovers.

Her breakout role was in the controversial 1958 Broadway play Blue Denim and its film adaptation – in which she played a 15-year-old trying to figure out how to have an illegal abortion.

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She started her career as a child model and once posed for Playboy (Picture: Getty)

The play and the film faced backlash for its portrayal of abortion but that didnt stop Lynley receiving a Golden Globe nod for Most Promising Newcomer in 1959.

Lynley was at the height of her fame in 1965, when she posed for Playboy and starred in the thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing, in which she played the mother of a kidnapped child.

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Later that year, she portrayed 1930s sex symbol Jean Harlow in one of two biopics titled Harlow.

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Carol went on to star in a slew of Hollywood films including The Cardinal and The Poseidon Adventure, in which she performed the Oscar-winning song The Morning After onscreen – although the vocals were duRead More – Source

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