Pamela Douglas

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Pamela Douglas
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Alley Mills as Pamela Douglas
The Bold and the Beautiful character
Portrayed by Alley Mills
Duration 2006–
First appearance December 1, 2006
Created by Bradley Bell
Classification Present, regular
Profile
Occupation Receptionist
Residence Los Angeles, California

Pamela "Pam" Douglas is a fictional character from the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, portrayed by actress Alley Mills from December 1, 2006 to March 27, 2007, from November 27 to December 10, 2007, from March 7, 2008 to October 28, 2008 and again from December 26, 2008 to present.

Development[edit]

On November 30, 2006, Joel Keller from The Huffington Post reported that former Wonder Years actress Alley Mills had been cast in the "limited role" of Stephanie Forrester's (Susan Flannery) sister, Pamela Douglas.[1] Mills made her first screen appearance as Pam on December 1, 2006.[1] The following year, executive producer Bradley Bell announced that Mills had signed a new contract with the show, making her a full-time member of the cast.[2] Pam returned on January 11, 2007, after Stephanie invited her to LA and asked her to keep an eye on her husband Eric (John McCook), while she was away.[2]

When Flannery quit her role as Pam's sister Stephanie in 2012, Mills became worried that she too would have to leave the show.[3] She explained "Stephanie was Pam's link to that world and so when Susan left, I wondered if I was going to go. Stephanie was the function of Pam's life – she was always defending her and looking after her when she got sick."[3] Mills was asked to stay with the show and she confirmed in 2014 that she had no plans to leave in the immediate future.[3]

Mills believed Pam had "found a new lease on life at Forrester Creations" with her job as a receptionist.[3] She also thought Pam had become stronger and felt the 2014 Thanksgiving scenes showed that Pam had finally become "part of the fabric of the clan".[3] Mills added that Pam would continue to be a "busybody" and an "oddball who roams around".[3]

Storylines[edit]

Pamela Douglas and her sister, Stephanie, were raised by John and Ann Douglas in a suburb of Chicago. Stephanie married Eric Forrester and moved to Los Angeles, rarely mentioning her sister and telling everyone that her parents were dead. In reality, John had abused Stephanie as a child, which Ann had ignored. When Stephanie's controlling behavior got out hand, she sought therapy with Taylor Hayes, who suggested that Stephanie go to Chicago and confront Ann. With Eric at her side, Stephanie found Pam taking care of a widowed Ann, who was still in denial. Mousy Pam finally spoke up and confirmed the abuse, admitting she was too scared as a child to help her older sister.

Stephanie remained at odds with her family until Eric invited Pam and Ann to Los Angeles for Christmas. After Ann returned to Chicago, Pam stayed on in the Forrester guest house and took a shine to Eric, actively discouraging Jackie Marone's interest. But Pam, who had a long-held resentment about Stephanie living the high life while Pam was stuck caring for their mother, started showing signs of instability.

Pam left Forrester and joined Stephanie, who had defected to Jackie M. Jackie befriended Pam, who fit in with Jackie M's "band of misfits." Later, Pam supported Stephanie through a mini-stroke, and found brief fame co-hosting fashion talk show The Catwalk with Donna, amusing audiences with her "cat dance." Ann made a mysterious trip from Chicago and announced she was dying. Stephanie and Pam butted heads when Pam took Ann to a hospital against Ann's wishes, so the Douglas sisters snuck in and broke Ann out of her room. Pam and Ann had a chance to resolve their issues before Ann died peacefully at Paradise Cove.

Pam returned to Forrester Creations with Stephanie and found an anti-Logan ally in Steffy Forrester. Together, they sabotaged Hope Logan's Hope For the Future showing, rigging the sign to read "HO" For the Future. Donna's father, Stephen Logan, blamed Stephanie for her inadvertent part in the drowning death of his wife, Beth Logan, so Stephen romanced and deflowered the naive Pam, convincing her to stop taking her bipolar medication. Stephanie objected to Pam dating Stephen and dragged Pam to the Big Bear cabin. Stephen arrived and put a gun in Pam's hand, reminding Pam how much she resented Stephanie. Pam nearly shot Stephanie, but backed off, apologizing to Stephen for trying to kill Donna at that very cabin and asking Stephanie what "those poor Logan girls" had ever done to deserve Stephanie's hatred. Stephanie got the gun from Pam and shot Stephen, who later insisted his feelings for Pam were real. Pam and Stephen were soon engaged, and even made wedding plans.

Pam put itching powder in Donna's nightie when Nick showed an interest in Donna. Pam roped Nick into appearing on Let's Make A Deal, and when Donna saw them together on the show, she realized Pam had stolen the designs and went straight to Stephanie. Pam confessed and was fired from her receptionist job. But after Stephanie forgave Pam and rehired her at the same time Brooke hired Donna for the position, Pam and Donna were forced to share receptionist duties, and a desk.

Most recently, Pam flirts with the security guard of Forrester Creations Charlie Webber.

Actor history[edit]

Alley Mills
Guest: December 1–22, 2006
Contract: January 11 - March 27, 2007
Guest: November 7 - December 10, 2007
Recurring: March 7 - October 28, 2008
Contract: December 26, 2008 - present

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keller, Joel (November 30, 2006). "Betty White guests on... The Bold and the Beautiful?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Ashley Mills signs contract to play Pamela Douglas". Soaps.com. January 9, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "In the gang". TV Week Soap Extra. 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 

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