Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mexican Breakfast

Mexican Breakfast is the title of the song composed by Johnny Mandel that Pamela shimmies and shakes to atop a diving board in the 1966 crime caper Harper co-starring Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Julie Harris, Lauren Bacall, Arthur Hill and Shelley Winters.

Many feel this scene cemented Pamela's status as a 60's icon, and I agree as it is fondly remembered today. Her roles in One, Two Three and this film were career defining and her best. Her role as bitchy Miranda Sampson was a definite departure from the other roles she had done up until then and should have led to much bigger and better things, but after this and a Broadway debut in Dinner at Eight, Pamela who was at this point extremely unhappy in her marriage decided to leave the United States and move to Italy leaving behind her once promising Hollywood acting career.

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