Pamela Franklin (born 3 February 1950) is a British actress who appeared in feature films from 1961 until 1976, and on American television throughout the 1970s.

Early life and career as a child actress[edit]Edit

Franklin, who had three brothers, was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up in the Far East, where her father was an importer/exporter. The family lived in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, andCeylon before returning to England. At the age of eight she was sent to the Elmhurst School of Ballet in England. She made her film debut at the age of 11 in The Innocents (1961), and her television debut in the Wonderful World of Disney's, The Horse Without a Head. In 1962 she played opposite William HoldenTrevor Howard and Capucine in the British film The Lion. She was only fourteen years old when she made The Third Secret in 1964, in which she played the doctor's daughter, Katherine.When she was interviewed about the film in 1979, she said that "she and Stephen Boyd had become friends and the warmth on screen was genuine."[4] In 1966 she had a lead role in the BBC TV series Quick Before They Catch Us.

Later career in film, television, and the stage[edit]Edit

Franklin received favourable critical notices for her portrayal of an unusually worldly teenager in the suspense film The Nanny (1965). She acted with Dirk Bogarde, who played her father in Our Mother's House, a film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1967, and in the same year acted opposite Marlon Brando and Rita Moreno in The Night of the Following Day as the kidnap victim in this crime thriller. This was her first "adult" role with one scene showing her bare-breasted.

Probably her best-known role was as "Sandy" in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), for which she won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress. In the same year she starred in the John Huston movie Sinful Davey, with a young John Hurt, which was not successful and failed to boost her career.

As an adult, she became somewhat typecast in horror films, after her performance in the occult thriller The Legend of Hell House. She starred in the 1973 made for television horror movie, Satan's School for Girls, in which she played Elizabeth Sayers. Her last film role was in The Food of the Gods, although she made television appearances until 1981, including an episode of Police Woman, in which she became physically ill playing a rape victim.

Other television shows in which she made appearances include The Love BoatFantasy IslandThe Six Million Dollar ManHawaii Five-OBarnaby JonesVega$, and Trapper John, M.D. She played the title character in "Jenny Wilde is Drowning," an episode of The Name of the Game, starring Tony Franciosa. Her character was an aspiring actress trying to succeed in Hollywood, and who pretended to have taken pills to commit suicide.

In 1983 she played Lady Macbeth opposite Kristoffer Tabori in the production of Macbeth at the Longbeach Free Shakespeare in the Park.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Franklin met actor Harvey Jason on the set of Necromancy, which came out in 1972. The couple married in 1971, settled in Hollywood, and had two sons. Her husband and son, Louis, co-own the bookstore Mystery Pier Books, Inc in West Hollywood.

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