- Carol Serling has died at the age of 91.
- She was the widow of ‘Twilight Zone’ creator and host Rod Serling.
- For years she had been keeping his legacy alive by donating some of his work and reviving lost tapes.
Carolyn Serling, who is the widow of Twilight Zone host and creator, Rod Serling, has sadly died. She was 91 years old. Her daughter, Anne Serling, confirms the sad news, saying she died on January 9th, just one month shy of her 92nd birthday. There is no known cause of death at this time.
Carol and Rod both grew up in Binghamton and graduated from Binghamton Central in 1943. They would then marry later in 1948. Their marriage lasted up until Rod’s death back in 1975. He was only 50 at the time. Carol and Rod first officially met when they were both studying at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Rod earned a degree in languages and literature and Carol earned hers in elementary education. They met after Rod had finished serving as a paratrooper in World War II.
Remembering Carol Serling
Back in the day when Rod was still here, he had nothing but good things to say about his wife. In a 1959 Sunday Press article, he credits Carol with getting him through school. “She’s a whiz at the physical sciences and coached me for all science exams,” he says. Rod is best known for creating and hosting shows Twilight Zone and Night Gallery. He was also behind many movie screenplays.
Another 1959 report says that Carol was the thing that kept Rod grounded as he rose to fame. “She calls his gleaming continental car a ‘gauche V-8’ and, in general, pokes gentle fun at Serling when the head swells,” the story says. “At the moment the two are papering a bathroom with Serling rejection slips as a reminder of the past.”
Keeping Rod’s legacy alive until her own death
Following the death of her husband, Carol would go on to keep her late husband’s legacy alive. She launched the monthly “The Twilight Zone Magazine” in 1981 and would serve as the publication’s editor from 1981 through 1989. By 1994, CBS would release two lost Twilight Zone episodes that were found by Carol after Rod’s death and sold to CBS. This two-hour special was titled Twilight Zone: Rod Serling’s Lost Classics.
Rod also taught at Ithica College from 1967 to 1975. Following his death, Carol would often donate some of his work to the school. Today at Ithica College, their collection has grown so massive, it’s now called the Rod Serling Archives. It’s full of all the work that Carol has donated over the years, keeping his legacy alive generations later. Rest in peace, Carol.