Pamela Springsteen

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Pamela Springsteen
Born Pamela Colleen Springsteen
(1962-02-08) February 8, 1962 (age 52)
Freehold Township, New Jersey, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Actress (1982–1990)
photographer (current profession)
Partner(s) Sean Penn (?–?)
Parents Adele Ann Springsteen
Douglas Frederick Springsteen
Relatives Bruce Springsteen (brother)
Virginia Springsteen Shave (sister)
Website
http://pamelaspringsteen.com

Pamela Colleen Springsteen (born February 8, 1962) is an American actress and photographer. She had a short acting career, and is best known for playing the role of serial killer Angela Baker in Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers[1] and Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland.[2] She had the co-starring roles in Dixie Lanes and The Gumshoe Kid. Beforehand had supporting roles in mainstream films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Reckless and Modern Girls. She is now a successful photographer. Pam is the younger sister of Bruce Springsteen.

Early life[edit]

Pam was born in Freehold Township, New Jersey to Adele Ann (née Zerilli), a legal secretary of Italian ancestry, and Douglas Frederick "Dutch" Springsteen, was of Dutch and Irish ancestry, and worked as a bus driver. In addition to her older brother, who Pam sometimes went on tour with, she has a sister, Virginia Springsteen Shave. She was raised a Roman Catholic.

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Pam took up acting, and was cast in her first role as a young cheerleader in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She also appeared as a cheerleader in the 1984 film Reckless. She also appeared in Modern Girls, and Scenes from the Goldmine. Pam's first ever lead role came in 1988 when she accepted the role as psychotic serial killer "Angela Baker" in the low budget cult horror Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers, and in 1989, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland, which has earned her a cult following among horror fans. Her final film appearance to date was in 1990's The Gumshoe Kid.

Pam has also made guest appearances on television series' such as The Facts of Life, Cagney & Lacey, Hardcastle and McCormick, and Family Ties. Springsteen left acting in order to pursue her career as a still photographer.[3]

Photography[edit]

Pam began her career as a still photographer in the film and music industry. She photographed for a number of her brother's record singles, albums and other publicity stills, and was credited with photography on his album Lucky Town. She was also credited as the cinematographer on his music video The Ghost of Tom Joad. She has been credited with still photography work on the films Jack the Dog, Manhood and Berkeley, the television films The Price of a Broken Heart and Dancing at the Harvest Moon, and the documentary The Making of the Crying Game. She has also been a photo consultant on the television film The Devil's Child.

Her style of photography has attracted many celebrities including Courtney Thorne-Smith, Dolly Parton, Tom Hanks, Calista Flockhart, Olivia Newton-John, and Jaclyn Smith.

Other work[edit]

Pam directed the music video for the song "These Words We Said", by singer Kim Richey.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pam was briefly engaged to Sean Penn, her co-star in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Dina Phillips
1984 Reckless Karen Sybern
1985 My Science Project Hall Monitor/Ellie's Friend (Scene's Deleted)
1986 Modern Girls Tanya
1987 Scenes from the Goldmine Stephanie
1988 Dixie Lanes Judy
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers Angela Baker/Angela Johnson
1989 Fast Food Mary Beth Bensen
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland Angela Baker
1990 The Gumshoe Kid Mona Krause
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Facts of Life Sally 1 episode: "Starstruck"
Cagney & Lacey 1 episode: "Hot Line"
1984 My Mother's Secret Life Kelly Television film
Hardcastle and McCormick Gena 1 episode: "Outlaw Champion"
1985 Family Ties Gail 1 episode: "Don't Go Changin'"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers". sleepawaycampmovies.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland". sleepawaycampmovies.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Greg Tiderington"Pamela Springsteen Born in the Sleepaway". racksandrazors.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Brett Atwood (October 7, 1995). Billboard 7 Oct 1995 p.111 (1995)

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