Friday, November 25, 2011

Glamour Shot To Fame

Pamela Tiffin on an early 1960s cover of GLAMOUR magazine.

Let's start at the very beginning...a very good place to start. Pamela Tiffin Wonso was born on October 13, 1942. The raven haired beauty was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but was raised in Chicago. 

Pamela started modeling at the very young age of 14 and when she relocated with her family to New York City she continued modeling while studying at Hunter College.

It was while vacationing with her mother in Los Angeles and visiting a friend who worked at Paramount studios that Pamela was spotted by one of producer Hal Wallis' talent scouts. He asked her to audition for Wallis' new motion picture of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke. 

With relatively no acting experience under her belt, Pamela hesitantly auditioned and much to her surprise got the part! 

Concurrently legendary director Billy Wilder saw Pamela in a magazine lingerie ad and had his scouts track her down to audition for the role of the souther scatter brain "Scarlett Hazeltine" opposite James Stewart and Horst Buchholz in One, Two Three.

He eventually found her, Pamela auditioned and once again she got the part. 

The rest is history...

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