Pamela Mason

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Pamela Mason
Pamela Mason 1952.JPG
Mason in 1952.
BornPamela Ostrer
(1916-03-10)10 March 1916
Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England
Died29 June 1996(1996-06-29) (aged 80)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Other namesPamela Kellino
OccupationActress, screenwriter
Years active1934–1985
Spouse(s)Roy Kellino (m. 1932–40)
James Mason (m. 1941–64)
 
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Pamela Mason
Pamela Mason 1952.JPG
Mason in 1952.
BornPamela Ostrer
(1916-03-10)10 March 1916
Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England
Died29 June 1996(1996-06-29) (aged 80)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Other namesPamela Kellino
OccupationActress, screenwriter
Years active1934–1985
Spouse(s)Roy Kellino (m. 1932–40)
James Mason (m. 1941–64)

Pamela Mason (10 March 1916 – 29 June 1996) was a British actress, author, and screenwriter who appeared in a number of British films.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Pamela Ostrer in Westgate-on-Sea, Mason was the daughter of Isidore 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. She then shortly divorced Kellino to marry Mason, with whom she had two children, one daughter, Portland Mason Schuyler (1948–2004), and one son, Morgan (who is married to Belinda Carlisle, the lead singer of The Go-Go's. Their son, James Duke Mason, is also an actor). 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.[1]

Mason went on to appear in various films including Lady Possessed (1952), The Child (1954), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), and The Sandpiper. She also guest starred on Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Playhouse 90, Love, American Style, and The New Dick Van Dyke Show.

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.[1]

Death[edit]

On 29 June 1996, Mason died of heart failure at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She is buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1934Jew SussNaomi OppenheimerCredited as Pamela Kellino
1939Prince of PeaceMaryCredited as Pamela Kellino
I Met a MurdererJo TrentWriter, credited as Pamela Kellino
1945They Were SistersMargaret LeeCredited as Pamela Kellino
1947The Upturned GlassKate HowardWriter, credited as Pamela Kellino
1949CaughtMrs. FullerUncredited
1951Pandora and the Flying DutchmanJennyCredited as Pamela Kellino
1952Lady PossessedSybilWriter, story
1953CharadeThe Artist/Pamela/Baroness Tanslan/LillyWriter, credited as Pamela Kellino
1954The ChildJanet
1960College ConfidentialEdna Blake
Sex Kittens Go to CollegeDr. Myrtle Carter
1961Five Minutes to LiveEllen HarcourtAlternative titles: Door-to-Door Maniac
Last Blood
1965The SandpiperEllieUncredited
1966The Navy vs. the Night MonstersMarieAlternative titles: Monsters of the Night
The Night Crawlers
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1953OmnibusJosephine1 episode
1954Schlitz Playhouse of StarsJosephine1 episode
1957Panic!1 episode
General Electric TheaterIris Sebastian1 episode
1957–1958Playhouse 90Various roles3 episodes
1958Jane Wyman Presents
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Writer, 1 episode
1970Love, American Style2 episodes
1973The New Dick Van Dyke Show1 episode
1977Wonder WomanCarla Burgess1 episode
1985My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol FlynnPhoebe StraightTelevision movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Dinitia (1996-07-02). "Pamela Mason, 80, An Author, Actress And Talk-Show Host". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 

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