Pamela Springsteen

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Pamela Springsteen
Born
Pamela Colleen Springsteen

(1962-02-08) February 8, 1962 (age 56)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress (1982–1990)
Photographer (current profession)
Partner(s)Sean Penn (?–?)
Parent(s)Adele Ann Springsteen
Douglas Frederick Springsteen
RelativesBruce Springsteen (brother)
Virginia Springsteen Shave (sister)
Websitehttp://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 co-starring roles in Dixie Lanes, The Gumshoe Kid, and smaller roles in mainstream films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Reckless and Modern Girls. She is now a successful photographer in Los Angeles. She is the younger sister of Bruce Springsteen.

Early life[edit]

Pamela Springsteen was born in Freehold Township, New Jersey, to Adele Ann (née Zerilli), a legal secretary of Italian ancestry, and Douglas Frederick "Dutch" Springsteen, who was of Dutch and Irish ancestry, and worked as a bus driver. When Springsteen was 7 years old, she moved with her parents to California.[3] In addition to her older brother, with whom Pamela sometimes went on tour, she has a sister, Virginia Springsteen Shave. She was raised a Roman Catholic.

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Springsteen took up acting, and was cast in her first role as a young cheerleader in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.[4] She also appeared as a cheerleader in the 1984 film Reckless. She appeared in Modern Girls, and Scenes from the Goldmine. Her first lead role came in 1988 when she played psychotic serial killer Angela Baker in the low budget cult horror Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers, a role she reprised in 1989's Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland.[3] The films have earned her a following among horror fans. Her final film appearance to date was in 1990's The Gumshoe Kid.

Springsteen has also made guest appearances on television series' such as The Facts of Life, Cagney & Lacey,[3] Hardcastle and McCormick, and Family Ties. She left acting in order to pursue her career as a still photographer.[5]

Photography[edit]

Springsteen 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 also photographed a number of other album covers for other artists such as Vonda Shepard and N.W.A.[3] She was also credited as the cinematographer on his music video "The Ghost of Tom Joad". She did 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 was 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]

Springsteen directed the music video for the song "These Words We Said", by singer Kim Richey.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Springsteen was briefly engaged to Sean Penn, her co-star in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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 (scenes 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. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland". sleepawaycampmovies.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Jordan, Chris (2 March 2017). "Pamela Springsteen talks pics, Bruce and her Freehold roots". Asbury Park Press. Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ Turk, Rose-Marie (3 July 1988). "DOTS & STRIPES : Actress Pamela Springsteen in Summer Sportswear". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  5. ^ Greg Tiderington"Pamela Springsteen Born in the Sleepaway". racksandrazors.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  6. ^ Brett Atwood (October 7, 1995). Billboard 7 Oct 1995 p.111 (1995)

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