Actress Pamela Tiffin Dead at 78. Remembered for The Pleasure Seekers And State Fair

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Pamela Tiffin was the the 1960s starlet actress. The actress who was discovered in the Paramount commissary died at the age of 78. Tiffin died due to natural causes in a hospital in New York. It was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter as told by her daughter Echo who is also an actress, video director and music supervisor.

She also received Golden Globe nominations for her first two features films. Her nominations were as the most promising newcomer female for Summer and Smoke and as the best supporting actress for her comedic performance in Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three. Both of them released in the year 1961.

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On October 13, 1942, Pamela Tiffin Wonso was born in Oklahoma City and raised in a suburb of Chicago, where she began a career in modelling. After that, she moved to New York City with her mom to continue her career path. She also appeared several times on the cover of Vogue and in several commercials.

One day, when Tiffin was on a vacation, while she was having a lunch with her friend in the Paramount commissary, she was spotted by Hal Wallis. At that time, he was producing a film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Wallis right there asked her to audition for the role of the flirty Nellie. Later, she took a screen test and was hired for the Geraldine Page-Laurence Harvey drama directed by Peter Glenville.

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She wrapped off a career working mostly in Italian films. The list of her movies include films like The Almost Perfect Crime (1966), The Protagonists (1968), Torture Me But Kill Me With Kisses (1968), The Archangel (1969), The Fifth Cord (1971), Kill Me, My Love! (1973) and Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973).

She quit acting in the year 1974, when she married her second husband, Edmondo Danon, son of producer Marcello Danon.

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Tiffin was married to New York magazine co-founder Clay Felker from the year 1962 until their divorce in the year 1969.

Tom Lisanti wrote a book about Tiffin in the year 2015 called Pamela Tiffin: Hollywood to Rome, 1961-1974. In that novel, he said that Tiffin is “one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of her time, and she left an indelible impression on movie fans. For my money, she is prettier than Raquel Welch, funnier than Jane Fonda and more appealing than Ann-Margret. Yet they all became superstars, and Tiffin did not.”

She is survived by her second husband and their children, Echo and Aurora.

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Khushi Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.TV