Pamela Sue Martin

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Pamela Sue Martin
Born (1953-01-05) January 5, 1953 (age 62)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress, author, model
Years active 1970–present
Television The Nancy Drew Mysteries
Dynasty
Website
pamelasuemartin.com

Pamela Sue Martin (born January 5, 1953) is an American actress best known for playing Nancy Drew on The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries TV series[1] and Fallon Carrington Colby on the ABC nighttime soap opera Dynasty.

Biography[edit]

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and growing up in nearby Westport, Martin began modeling at 17, and appeared in the The Poseidon Adventure (opposite Gene Hackman) at the age of 19. More films followed, including Our Time and Buster and Billie. Later, her work as TV's Nancy Drew made her something of a teen idol. Initially, the ABC program alternated each week between The Nancy Drew Mysteries and The Hardy Boys Mysteries. [2] In season two, the shows were merged and renamed The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, [2] which led to Nancy's role being reduced. [2] This frustrated Martin, who left the series as a result.[2] Her final appearance as Nancy aired on January 1, 1978. Martin appeared in a cover pictorial in the July 1978 issue of Playboy magazine, [2] with the headline "TV's Nancy Drew Undraped". In the magazine, she cited the merger of the two shows as her reason for quitting the series.[2]

Martin portrayed feisty and spoiled heiress Fallon Carrington Colby on the ABC nighttime soap opera Dynasty from its debut in 1981 through the end of the fourth season in 1984. Martin left of her own accord and the character was "missing and presumed dead" – the series recast the role with actress Emma Samms at the end of the fifth season in 1985. She hosted Saturday Night Live on February 16, 1985.

In 1984, Martin, who has long been involved in environmental causes, appeared in a public service announcement to help save pink dolphins in the Amazon River.[3] The ad was directed by Clyde Lucas, who appeared on The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Divorced three times and the mother of one son, Martin has written about her struggle with interstitial cystitis.[4] Martin owns a theatre company in Idaho.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 To Find a Man Rosalind McCarthy Credited as Pamela Martin
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Susan Shelby
1974 Our Time Abigail 'Abby' Reed
1974 Buster and Billie Margie Hooks
1979 The Lady in Red Polly Franklin
1985 Torchlight Lillian Weller
1987 Flicks Liz Stone
1990 A Cry in the Wild June Robeson
2010 Soupernatural Rod
2014 McTaggart's Fortune Sergeant Jeanine Bowman

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Girls of Huntington House Gail Dorn Movie
1974 The Gun and the Pulpit Sally Underwood Movie
1976 The Hemingway Movie
1976 The Quest Ginger Episode: "Day of Outrage"
1977–78 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Nancy Drew Regular
1978 Human Feelings Verna Gold Movie
1980 Fantasy Island Velda Ferini Episode: "The Invisible Woman/The Snow Bird"
1980 The Love Boat Donna Dayton Episode: "Bommerang/Captain's Triangle/Out of This World"
1981–84 Dynasty Fallon Carrington / Fallon Carrington Colby Regular
1986 Strong Medicine Celia Grey Movie
1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Melinda Jensen Episode: "Aniversary Gift"
1987 Bay Coven Linda Lebon Movie
1989 The Saint: The Software Murders Irina Movie
1990 Sky Trackers Doctor Spencer Jenkins Movie
2002 That '70s Show Wizard Episode: "Tornado Prom"
2006 The L Word Linda Kennard Episode: "Lifeline"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pamela Sue Martin at AllMovie
  2. ^ a b c d e f Plunkett-Powell, Karen (1993). The Nancy Drew Scrapbook: 60 years of America's favorite teenage sleuth. St. Martin's Press. pp. 120, 121, 122. ISBN 0-312-09881-2. 
  3. ^ "Pamela Sue Martin: PSA Help Save Pink Dolphins". 7th Voyage Productions. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Pamela Sue Martin". TMZ. October 24, 2008. 

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