LOS ANGELES--Carolyn Kearney, who had a brief career in movies and TV in the 1950s and 1960s, and who later
in life helped found a program for recovering addicts, died here Nov. 18 of heart complications. She was 75. MSTies
will remember her as teenage dowser Jessica Burns in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE.
Born in Detroit and raised in New Orleans, she moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s and began studying at the
Pasadena Playhouse. She was soon appearing in their productions, which got her noticed by film and TV notables.
Her TV appearances include "Ben Casey," "Bonanza," "Wagon Train," "Route 66,"
"The Virginian," and "Dr. Kildare." In the mid-1960s she gave up acting to raise a family,
though she still made stage appearances in community theater.
In the 1980s, she became addicted to Xanax and succeeded in overcoming her addiction in 1987. That led her to write
an essay for the book Prescription Drug Addiction and to help found Benzodiazepine Anonymous, a 12-step program
for recovering addicts. Her first husband was screenwriter Harold Jack Bloom; her second husband was advertising
executive-writer Alan Hirshfeld. She is survived by Hirshfeld and two sons.