Franklin in 1973.
3 February 1950 |
|Spouse(s)||Harvey Jason (1970-present) 2 children|
Pamela Franklin (born 3 February 1950) is a British actress who appeared in feature films from 1961 until 1976, and on American television throughout the 1970s.
Early life and career as a child actress
Franklin, who had three brothers, was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up in the Far East, where her father was an importer/exporter. The family lived in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, and Ceylon before returning to England. At the age of eight she was sent to the Elmhurst School of Ballet in England. She made her film debut at the age of 11 in The Innocents (1961), and her television debut in the Wonderful World of Disney's, The Horse Without a Head. In 1962 she played opposite William Holden, Trevor Howard and Capucine in the British film The Lion. In 1963 she co-starred with Luke Halpin who played Sandy Ricks in Flipper's New Adventure as a wealthy industrialist's daughter abandoned on a tropical island but saved by Ricks and his pet dolphin Flipper. Halpin admitted to an off-screen romance with her in an interview in 1969. She was only fourteen years old when she made The Third Secret in 1964, in which she played the doctor's daughter, Katherine. When she was interviewed about the film in 1979, she said that "she and Stephen Boyd had become friends and the warmth on screen was genuine." In 1966 she had a lead role in the BBC TV series Quick Before They Catch Us.
Later career in film, television, and the stage
Franklin received favourable critical notices for her portrayal of an unusually worldly teenager in the suspense film The Nanny (1965). She acted with Dirk Bogarde, who played her father in Our Mother's House, a film that was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1967. In the same year, Franklin acted opposite Marlon Brando and Rita Moreno in The Night of the Following Day as the kidnap victim in this crime thriller. This was her first "adult" role with one scene showing her bare-breasted. She appeared with Michele Dotrice in the horror thriller And Soon the Darkness (1970), a film that was remade in 2010 with Amber Heard and Odette Annable in the lead roles.
Probably her best-known role was as "Sandy" in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), for which she won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress. In the same year she starred in the John Huston movie Sinful Davey, with a young John Hurt, which was not successful and failed to boost her career.
As an adult, she became somewhat typecast in horror films, after her performance in the occult thriller The Legend of Hell House. She starred in the 1973 made for television horror movie, Satan's School for Girls, in which she played Elizabeth Sayers. Her last film role was in The Food of the Gods, although she made television appearances until 1981, including an episode of Police Woman, in which she became physically ill playing a rape victim.
Other television shows in which she made appearances include The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii Five-O, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Vega$, and Trapper John, M.D. She played the title character in "Jenny Wilde is Drowning," an episode of The Name of the Game, starring Tony Franciosa. Her character was an aspiring actress trying to succeed in Hollywood, and who pretended to have taken pills to commit suicide.
Franklin met actor Harvey Jason on the set of Necromancy, which came out in 1972. The couple married in 1971, settled in Hollywood, and had two sons. Her husband, along with son Louis, co-owns the bookstore Mystery Pier Books, Inc in West Hollywood.
- The Innocents (1961)
- The Lion (1962)
- The Horse Without a Head (1963) (TV)
- See How They Run (1964) (TV)
- Flipper's New Adventure (1964)
- A Tiger Walks (1964)
- The Third Secret (1964)
- The Nanny (1965)
- Eagle in a Cage (1965) (TV)
- Our Mother's House (1967)
- The Night of the Following Day (1968)
- David Copperfield (1969) (TV)
- Strange Report (1969) (TV) Episode 1 "REPORT 5055: CULT Murder Shrieks Out"
- Sinful Davey (1969)
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
- And Soon the Darkness (1970)
- Medical Center (1970-72?) character part as "Baby Frytag" (TV)
- Green Acres (1971) (TV) episode "Hawaiian Honeymoon" pilot/spin-off attempt
- Necromancy (1972)
- 'Half A Death' episode Circle of Fear (TV) (1973)
- Satan's School for Girls (1973) (TV)
- The Legend of Hell House (1973)
- Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1973)
- Intertect (1973) (TV)
- The Letters (1973) (TV)
- The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) (TV) episode "Operation Firefly"
- Crossfire (1975) (TV)
- Won't Write Home Mom, I'm Dead (1975) (TV)
- Screamer (1975) (TV)
- The Food of the Gods (1976)
- Eleanor and Franklin (1976) (TV)
- Theater: A Little Shakespeare-Long Beach Style, Orange Coast Magazine, November, 1983, pp. 146-147
- Pamela Franklin at the Internet Movie Database
- Pamela Franklin at BFI Film & TV Database
- From Innocence to Experience, ABC Film Review, Interview, August 1970 Retrieved 7-23-2011
- The Third Secret (1964) Retrieved 7-23-2011