Pamela Payton-Wright

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Pamela Payton-Wright
Born (1941-11-01) November 1, 1941 (age 77)
Years active1964–2012
David Arthur Butler
(m. 1978; div. 1989)

Pamela Payton-Wright (born November 1, 1941) is an American actress.

Life and work[edit]

Payton-Wright was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Eleanor Ruth (née McKinley) and Gordon Edgar Payton-Wright.[1] After graduating from Tuscaloosa High School,[2] she graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1963. She began her television career in 1972 as Rhonda on Corky. She later joined the cast of Another World in 1979 in the role of Hazel Parker, a role she played for one year.

Payton-Wright is an accomplished actress, having appeared in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Following numerous film roles and television appearances, Payton-Wright joined the cast of the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live, in 1991, and was the first to play the role of sweet natured, but simple-minded Agatha "Addie" Cramer. She currently plays this part recurringly on the show.



Year Title Role Notes
1972 Corky Rhonda
1979 Going in Style Kathy
1980 Resurrection Margaret
1981 The Dark End of the Street Mary Ann
1986 My Little Girl Delly Bettinger
1987 Ironweed Mother
1988 Starlight: A Musical Movie
1990 The Freshman Liz Armstrong
1993 Me and Veronica Agnes
1999 In Dreams Ethel
2004 Saving Face Dr. Morgan


Year Title Role Notes
1969 NET Playhouse Electra "The Prodigal"
1971 Cannon Ginger "Fool's Gold"
1971 Mannix Lisa Stabler "Murder Times Three"
1971 Medical Center Jessie "Idolmaker"
1972 Medical Center Lori "Cycle of Peril"
1972 Young Dr. Kildare Ruth "Deaf Heart"
1972 Gunsmoke Emma Donavan "Yankton"
1972 Bonanza Zeena Harris "Search in Limbo"
1972 Look Homeward, Angel Laura James TV film
1973 ABC's Wide World of Entertainment Rosalind "The Haunting of Rosalind"
1974 Movin' On Francie Simms "Grit"
1975 Great Performances Laetitia Lewis "Brother to Dragons"
1976 The Adams Chronicles Louisa Adams TV miniseries
1979–80 Another World Hazel Parker TV series
1987 Spenser: For Hire Karen Fuller "I Confess"
1991–1999 One Life to Live Addie Cramer Recurring role
1993 Law & Order Katherine McKinnon "Pride and Joy"
1994–1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Sister Magdalena Weber "Nearer My God to Thee", "Fits Like a Glove", "Extreme Unction", "Kaddish"
1999 Law & Order Vivian McBride "Sideshow"
2001–2005 One Life to Live Addie Cramer Recurring role
2007–2012 One Life to Live Addie Cramer Recurring role



Year Title Role Notes
1967–68 The Show Off Amy
1968 Exit the King Juliette
1968 The Cherry Orchard Anya
1968–69 Jimmy Shine Constance Fry
1972 The Crucible Abigail Williams
1972 Mourning Becomes Electra Lavinia Mannon
1974–75 All Over Town Millie
1975–76 The Glass Menagerie The Daughter
1977 Romeo and Juliet Juliet
1988 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Du Bois
1988 The Night of the Iguana Miss Judith Fellowes
1988–1990 M. Butterfly Helga
1995 Garden District Grace
2003 Long Day's Journey into Night Mary Cavan Tyrone


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Tillie Mercer Arts Center
1975 Jesse and the Bandit Queen Belle Joseph Papp Public Theater/Susan Stein Shiva Theater
1980 The Seagull Mash Joseph Papp Public Theater/Newman Theater
1982 Don Juan Dona Elvire Delacorte Theater
1984 Young Playwrights Festival Mary Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater
1998 Richard III Margaret Theater at St. Clement's Church
1998 Richard II Margaret Theater at St. Clement's Church
1998 Til the Rapture Comes Home Althea Dale Delacorte Theater
2000 What You Get and What You Expect Louise Erkenter New York Theater Workshop
2003 Fifth of July Sally Friedman Peter Norton Space
2003 Duet Eleonora Duse Greenwich Street Theatre
2004 The Day Emily Married 59E59 Theater A
2006 Indian Blood Eddie's Grandmother 59E59 Theater A
2008 Some Americans Abroad Harriet Baldwin Second Stage Theatre
2009 Vieux Carré Carrie Theater 80 St. Marks
2009 The Orphans' Home Cycle Part I Mrs. Coons Peter Norton Space
2009 The Orphans' Home Cycle Part II Sarah Vaughn / Ruth Amos Peter Norton Space
2010 The Orphans' Home Cycle Part III Inez (Thornton) Kirby Peter Norton Space


  1. ^ Pamela Payton-Wright Biography (1941-)
  2. ^ Tyree, Neilan (July 11, 1989). "Actresses Earn Acclaim On Nation's Stages". The Montgomery Advertiser. Alabama, Montgomery. p. 12. Retrieved 3 February 2019 – via

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