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Pamela Brown

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Birth name Pamela Mary Brown
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 8 july 1917 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 18 september 1975 (at 58 years) at Gloucestershire (United-kingdom)

Pamela Mary Brown (8 July 1917 – 19 September 1975) was an English stage and film actress.

She was born in Hampstead, London to George Edward Brown, a journalist, and his wife, Helen Blanche (née Ellerton). Brought up in the Roman Catholic faith, she attended St Mary's School, Ascot. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she made her stage debut in 1936 as Juliet in a Stratford-upon-Avon production of Romeo and Juliet. Three of her early film roles were in Powell and Pressburger films: her first screen part in One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), a memorable supporting role in I Know Where I'm Going! (1945), and in the fantasy film-opera The Tales of Hoffmann (1951). She played a bitter spinster in Personal Affair, starring Gene Tierney (1953).

From the early 1950s, her arthritic condition (first appearing when she was sixteen), began to make playing on the stage difficult; her mobility was restricted and she was in great pain, which was kept at bay by drugs. Nevertheless, she was a notable success as Jennet in the London production of The Lady's Not For Burning, opposite Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and John Gielgud (1949), which transferred to Broadway for an extended run (1950–51). Time magazine wrote (20 November 1950): "As the lady, Pamela Brown proves that Fry did not write the part for her in vain. No one has a more gloriously uppity charm; no voice can simultaneously so rasp and thrill; no one ever made standoffishness more come-hitherable."

Her success in film continued as Jane Shore in Laurence Olivier's Richard III (1955) and opposite Kirk Douglas in the Van Gogh biopic Lust for Life (1956). Highlights of her 1960s work include the epic Cleopatra (High Priestess; 1963), Becket (Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; 1964) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (High Priestess; 1966). She played Lady Bessborough in Lady Caroline Lamb (1972). By and large though, her later film roles were not as distinctive as her stage work.


In February 1953, she divorced her husband, Peter Copley, for infidelity. They had no children. A devout Roman Catholic, she could not remarry while Copley was still alive so she lived with her partner Michael Powell, the director who had given her her early film roles. They remained together until her death from pancreatic cancer in 1975, aged 58, in Avening, Gloucestershire. She was buried in Holy Cross churchyard, Avening.

Best films

Becket (1964)
Lust for Life (1956)

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Filmography of Pamela Brown (22 films)

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Dracula (1974)
, 1h38
Directed by Dan Curtis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Dracula films, Vampires in film
Actors Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport, Pamela Brown, Fiona Lewis, Sarah Douglas
Roles Mrs. Westenra
Rating62% 3.103833.103833.103833.103833.10383
"Bistritz, Hungary May 1897": natives in Transylvania seem afraid when they learn solicitor Jonathan Harker is going to Castle Dracula. Jonathan shows up, and finds the Count abrupt and impatient to get things done. He reacts very strongly to a photograph of Harker's fiancée Mina and her best friend Lucy. After rescuing Harker from the Brides, he forces Harker to write a letter saying that he will be staying in Transylvania for a month. Harker climbs down the castle wall and finds Dracula's coffin, but is attacked and knocked out by one of Dracula's gypsy servants before he can stake Dracula. They later throw him in the lower levels of the crypt, where the Brides attack Harker.
Wuthering Heights, 1h44
Directed by Robert Fuest
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Actors Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Pamela Brown, Julian Glover, Judy Cornwell
Roles Mrs. Linton
Rating64% 3.249423.249423.249423.249423.24942
Le maître du domaine des Hauts de Hurlevent, Mr Earnshaw, élève dans la quiétude ses deux enfants, Hindley et Cathy. Un jour, il recueille un jeune bohémien, Heathcliff qu'il décide de prendre sous sa protection et d'élever comme son fils. Quelques années plus tard, Heathcliff, devenu un homme, est amoureux de Cathy... Mais il ne peut l'épouser à cause de sa basse condition sociale.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 2h9
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Action, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Bob Newhart, Jack Nicholson
Roles Mrs. Fitzherbert
Rating63% 3.199513.199513.199513.199513.19951
At the behest of her ultra-conservative fiancé Warren, scatterbrained five-pack-a-day chain smoker and clairvoyant Daisy Gamble attends a class taught by psychiatrist Marc Chabot for help in kicking her habit. While undergoing hypnosis, it is discovered she is the reincarnation of Lady Melinda Winifred Waine Tentrees, a seductive 18th century coquette who was born the illegitimate daughter of a kitchen maid. She acquired the paternity records of the children housed in the orphanage where her mother worked and used the information to blackmail their wealthy fathers. She eventually married nobleman Robert Tentrees during the period of the English Regency, then was tried for espionage and treason after he abandoned her.
Figures in a Landscape, 1h40
Directed by Joseph Losey
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, War, Thriller, Action
Themes Prison films, Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell, Henry Woolf, Christopher Malcolm, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Robert East
Roles Widow
Rating65% 3.2928453.2928453.2928453.2928453.292845
The film opens with two men running across a beach at dawn, it also appears that their hands are tied behind their backs. After several shots of a helicopter frantically searching the landscape, it becomes apparent that the two men are escapees of some kind. It is later revealed that their names are MacConnachie and Ansell. The two continue running across barren land, trying to escape the sight of the helicopter. MacConnachie continuously berates Ansell as they run, showing that he is the leader, more or less.
Secret Ceremony, 1h45
Directed by Joseph Losey
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Robert Mitchum, Peggy Ashcroft, Pamela Brown, Robert Douglas
Roles Hilda
Rating63% 3.1501353.1501353.1501353.1501353.150135
Leonora, a prostitute, is despondent over the death of her daughter. Cenci, a lonely young woman, follows Leonora to the cemetery and strikes up a conversation with her, inviting her home.
Half a Sixpence, 2h23
Directed by George Sidney
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Tommy Steele, Julia Foster, Cyril Ritchard, Elaine Taylor, Grover Dale, Pamela Brown
Roles Mrs. Walsingham
Rating64% 3.245573.245573.245573.245573.24557
Dans l'Angleterre victorienne, un jeune orphelin, Arthur Kipps, découvre une pièce de six pences alors qu’il marche le long d’un ruisseau avec sa jeune amie, Ann. Il coupe la pièce en deux et en donne une moitié à Ann en tant que symbole de leur amour. Kipps se rend ensuite dans une ville voisine pour travailler en tant qu'apprenti chez un drapier. Le temps passe et il devient un homme. Il se lie d'amitié avec Harry Chitterlow, acteur et dramaturge, qui découvre que Kipps est l'héritier d'une fortune qui lui a été laissée par son grand-père.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1h39
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Erotic films, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Annette Andre
Roles High Priestess
Rating68% 3.4476853.4476853.4476853.4476853.447685
In the city of Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero, Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) is "the lyingest, cheatingest, sloppiest slave in all of Rome", whose only wish is to buy his freedom from his master's parents, the henpecked Senex (Michael Hordern) and his dominating wife Domina (Patricia Jessel). When he finds out that his master, Senex's handsome but dim son Hero (Michael Crawford), has fallen in love with Philia (Annette Andre), a beautiful virgin courtesan from the house of Marcus Lycus (Phil Silvers), buyer and seller of beautiful women next door, Pseudolus makes a deal: he will get the girl for Hero in return for his freedom. Unfortunately, the virgin has been sold to the great Roman soldier, Captain Miles Gloriosus (Leon Greene), who even now is on his way from conquering Crete to claim her as his bride. Pseudolus blackmails his overseer, Hysterium (Jack Gilford) into masquerading as the corpse of Philia to fool the captain, but things go wrong at every turn.
Gonks Go Beat, 1h30
Directed by Robert Hartford-Davis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Kenneth Connor, Frank Thornton, Pamela Brown, Terry Scott, Reginald Beckwith, Jerry Desmonde
Rating43% 2.1826252.1826252.1826252.1826252.182625
At a point in the distant future, the inhabitants of Planet Earth have become divided into two factions who despise each other. In Beatland live the hip and trendy people who have long hair, dress in turtlenecks, jeans and sunglasses and listen to cool beat music. Their counterparts on Ballad Isle keep their hair short and tidy, wear button-down shirts and pressed slacks or floral dresses and twinsets, and listen exclusively to crooners. A musical competition is staged annually between the two sides, overseen by the neutral and powerful record company executive Mr. A&R (Thornton). For the rest of the year they regard each other with suspicion and antipathy, although they are not above sneaking into each other's territory to steal musical ideas.
Becket (1964)
, 2h28
Directed by Peter Glenville
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Donald Wolfit, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown
Roles Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
Rating77% 3.896553.896553.896553.896553.89655
During the late 12th century, about 100 years after the 1066 Norman Conquest of England, the Normans have removed the native ruling class, replacing it with a new monarchy, aristocracy, and clerical hierarchy.
Cleopatra (1963)
, 4h8
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Darryl F. Zanuck, Rouben Mamoulian
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Historical, Peplum, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Politique, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Children's films, Films about royalty
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, Martin Landau, Hume Cronyn
Roles High Priestess
Rating69% 3.499743.499743.499743.499743.49974
After the Battle of Pharsalus where Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) has defeated Pompey, Pompey flees to Egypt, hoping to enlist the support of the young Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII (Richard O'Sullivan) and his sister Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor). The Romans hold, and the armies of Mithridates arrive on Egyptian soil. The following day, Caesar passes judgment. He sentences Ptolemy's lord chamberlain to death for arranging an assassination attempt on Cleopatra. Cleopatra is crowned Queen of Egypt. She dreams of ruling the world with Caesar. When their son Caesarion is born, Caesar accepts him publicly, which becomes the talk of Rome and the Senate.
The Scapegoat, 1h31
Directed by Robert Hamer
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Alec Guinness, Nicole Maurey, Bette Davis, Irene Worth, Pamela Brown, Geoffrey Keen
Roles Blanche
Rating68% 3.4470653.4470653.4470653.4470653.447065
John Barratt (Alec Guinness), a lonely, discontented teacher of French at a British university, vacations in France. There, by chance, he meets his double, French nobleman Jacques De Gué (Guinness again). They become acquainted. Barratt becomes drunk and accepts De Gué's invitation to share his hotel room. When he wakes up the next morning, Barratt finds himself alone in the room, with his clothes and passport missing. De Gué's chauffeur Gaston (Geoffrey Keen) shows up to take his master home, and Barratt is unable to convince him that he is not the nobleman. Gaston calls Dr. Aloin (Noel Howlett), who diagnoses the Englishman as suffering from schizophrenia.
Lust for Life, 2h2
Directed by George Cukor, Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre
Themes Peinture, Vincent van Gogh
Actors Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown, Everett Sloane, Niall MacGinnis
Roles Christine
Rating73% 3.697313.697313.697313.697313.69731
Vincent van Gogh's obsessive devotion to his art engulfs, consumes, and finally destroys him. The apostate religious leaders do not like his zeal for God and they frown on his social activism and care for the poor in a coal mining town. He returns home to his father's house where he is rejected by a woman he obsessively loves, takes up with a prostitute who leaves because he is too poor, and discovers painting, which he pursues while agonizing that his vision exceeds his ability to execute. His brother, Theo van Gogh, provides financial and moral support, while Vincent lives off and on with the critical Paul Gauguin. Vincent begins experiencing hallucinations and seizures and voluntarily commits himself to a mental institution. He signs himself out, and with Theo's help, returns to a rural area to paint, where he ultimately shoots himself in despair of never being able to put what he sees on canvas.