Portland Mason

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Portland Mason
James Mason and Family 1957.JPG
Mason (3rd from left) with her brother Morgan, mother Pamela and father James
Born (1948-11-26)26 November 1948
Los Angeles, California, USA
Died 19 May 2004(2004-05-19) (aged 55)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Other names Portland Shuyler
Occupation Actress
Years active 1954–1968
Spouse(s) Rob Shuyler
(m. 19??)

Portland Mason (/msən/; 26 November 1948 – 19 May 2004) was an Anglo-American former child-actress.

Personal life[edit]

Mason was born November 26, 1948 and was the eldest child of actors James Mason and Pamela Mason. She enjoyed a luxurious upbringing in her parents' Hollywood mansion, being allowed to wear makeup, stiletto heels and owning her own Mink coat and diamonds by the age of nine.[1] Her highly publicized life began with her father becoming violent towards a photographer at the little girl's christening. When she attended high-school, Mason was dropped off every morning by a Rolls-Royce and picked up every evening by a white Cadillac.[2] Reportedly, her father introduced her to smoking at the age of three in hope it would put her off it in later life. Despite her extremely privileged upbringing, a London reporter who interviewed Mason in 1966 found her "surprisingly unspoilt, somewhat shy and unassuming".[2]

Mason's father had remarried to Clarissa Kaye in 1971. When her father died in 1984, Mason and her brother ended up in protracted legal battles with their stepmother, resulting in the siblings not getting their father's ashes until 1999.[3] Shortly after the siblings spread their father's ashes in Vevey, Switzerland in November 2000, Mason suffered a debilitating stroke.[2] She died May 19, 2004 after a long illness, leaving behind her husband Rob Shuyler.[1]

Career[edit]

Mason began her acting career very young, appearing on many television shows and by the age of four had starred in her own short entitled The Child. Mason then went on to play Gregory Peck's daughter in the 1956 film The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. After that, she appeared in many films, shows and television series, most notably as Georgina in The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery in 1966.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1954 The Child Sally short
1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Janey Rath
Bigger Than Life Nancy Uncredited
1958 Cry Terror! Patty's Friend on Schoolbus
1966 The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Georgina
1968 Sebastian 'UG' Girl (Last appearance)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1954 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Porty 1 episode
1955 The Ed Sullivan Show Herself 1 episode
1956 The Steve Allen Show Herself 1 episode
1957 Panic! 1 episode
Playhouse 90 Jane Millet 1 episode
1958 Tonight Starring Jack Paar Herself 2 episodes
1959 December Bride Niece 1 episode
1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook Princess Elizabeth 1 episode
1961 Bringing Up Buddy Norma Nicky Marlo 1 episode
1962 Here's Hollywood Herself 2 episodes
Hennesey Yvette Fandlebusch 1 episode
1966 Bob Hope Comedy Special Herself 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Times Staff Writer (2004-05-24). "Portland Schuyler, 55; Child Actress, Writer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b c Telegraph Staff Writers (2004-06-03). "Portland Mason". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-01-29. 
  3. ^ Davies, Caroline (2000-11-25). "James Mason's ashes finally laid to rest". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-01-29. 

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