Mason in 1952.
10 March 1916
Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England
|Died||29 June 1996
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Other names||Pamela Kellino|
|Spouse(s)||Roy Kellino (m. 1932–40)
James Mason (m. 1941–64)
Early life and personal life
Born Pamela Ostrer in Westgate-on-Sea (or Southend-on-Sea according to one source), Mason was the daughter of Isidore (1889-1975) and Helen Ostrer. Isidore Ostrer was the president of the Gaumont British Picture Corporation. Pamela left school at age 9 and age 16, married Roy Kellino. She began acting in 1934, and in 1939 she and Kellino made their first film together I Met a Murderer (1939).
While on the set of I Met A Murderer, she met actor James Mason and began an affair with him. Shortly afterwards, she divorced Kellino to marry Mason. They had two children: daughter Portland (1948–2004), and son Morgan (who is married to Belinda Carlisle, the lead singer of The Go-Go's). Portland Mason was named for Portland Hoffa, the wife of the American radio comedian Fred Allen; the Allens and the Masons were friends. She remained married to Mason until 1964.
She filed suit for divorce from James Mason in 1962.
She also hosted two talk shows The Pamela Mason Show from 1965–1966, and The Weaker (?) Sex from 1968-1969.
In addition to acting, Mason authored several books including Marriage Is the First Step Toward Divorce and The Female Pleasure Hunt.
On 29 June 1996, Mason died of heart failure at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was survived by her daughter and her son. She is buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
|1934||Jew Suss||Naomi Oppenheimer||Credited as Pamela Kellino|
|1939||Prince of Peace||Mary||Credited as Pamela Kellino|
|I Met a Murderer||Jo Trent||Writer, credited as Pamela Kellino|
|1945||They Were Sisters||Margaret Lee||Credited as Pamela Kellino|
|1947||The Upturned Glass||Kate Howard||Writer, credited as Pamela Kellino|
|1951||Pandora and the Flying Dutchman||Jenny||Credited as Pamela Kellino|
|1952||Lady Possessed||Sybil||Writer, story|
|1953||Charade||The Artist/Pamela/Baroness Tanslan/Lilly||Writer, credited as Pamela Kellino|
|1960||College Confidential||Edna Blake|
|Sex Kittens Go to College||Dr. Myrtle Carter|
|1961||Five Minutes to Live||Ellen Harcourt||Alternative titles: Door-to-Door Maniac
|1966||The Navy vs. the Night Monsters||Marie||Alternative titles: Monsters of the Night
The Night Crawlers
|1954||Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||Josephine||1 episode|
|General Electric Theater||Iris Sebastian||1 episode|
|1957–1958||Playhouse 90||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1958||Jane Wyman Presents||
||Writer, 1 episode|
|1970||Love, American Style||2 episodes|
|1973||The New Dick Van Dyke Show||1 episode|
|1977||Wonder Woman||Carla Burgess||1 episode|
|1985||My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol Flynn||Phoebe Straight||Television movie|
|1952||Suspense||Odd Man Out|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pamela Mason.|
- Smith, Dinitia (1996-07-02). "Pamela Mason, 80, An Author, Actress And Talk-Show Host". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
- "Actress Charges Habitual Cruelty". Monroe Morning World. November 24, 1962. p. 8. Retrieved June 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Jones, Jerene (October 22, 1979). "Her Claws as Sharp as Ever, Pamela Mason Tells Her Old Family Firm to 'Stuff Its Stuffiness'". People. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- Kirby, Walter (February 10, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 38. Retrieved June 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Pamela Mason at BFI Film & TV Database
- Pamela Mason at the Internet Movie Database
- Pamela Mason at the TCM Movie Database
- Pamela Mason at Find a Grave