Pamela Mary Brown
(8 July 1917 – 19 September 1975) was an English stage and film actress.
She was born in Hampstead
to George Edward Brown, a journalist, and his wife, Helen Blanche Ellerton. 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 also appeared as a bitter spinster in Personal Affair
, starring Gene Tierney
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
and John Gielgud
(1949), which transferred to Broadway
for an extended run (1950–1951). 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."
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