Pamela Tiffin

Pamela Tiffin

Birth name: Pamela Tiffin Wonso
Born: October 13, 1942
Age: 76
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
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Pamela Tiffin (born Pamela Tiffin Wonso, October 13, 1942) is a retired American film actress.



Tiffin was born in Oklahoma City to Stanley and Grace Wonso and grew up in Chicago, where she achieved success as a teen model. She moved to New York City and attended Hunter College and Columbia University as an art major.

She appeared in a short, Music of Williamsburg (1960).

Early Films

Tiffin was discovered by producer Hal Wallis having lunch at the Paramount Pictures studio commissary while on a visit to Los Angeles with her mother, and was cast in a film version of the play Summer and Smoke (1961) by playwright Tennessee Williams.

She then was given a key role in the comedy One, Two, Three (1961), directed by Billy Wilder, playing the daughter of James Cagney's boss whose affair with a communist (Horst Buchholz) trigger the plot. Tiffin received a Golden Globe nomination for this film as well as for Summer and Smoke. Wilder called her "the biggest find since Audrey Hepburn."

20th Century Fox cast Tiffin in the musical State Fair (1962), playing the daughter of the family, the role played in earlier versions by Janet Gaynor and Jeanne Crain. MGM used her for one of the three leads in a romantic comedy about air stewards, Come Fly with Me (1963).

None of Tiffin's films had been big box office successes. She did some television work, appearing opposite David Janssen in The Fugitive episode "The Girl from Little Egypt" in 1963 and did a pilot for Fox. She continued to model as well.

Tiffin had the female lead in a teen comedy, For Those Who Think Young (1964), replacing Ann-Margret, opposite James Darren. She and Darren were reunited in a racing drama, The Lively Set (1964). Fox used her in another "three girls" film, The Pleasure Seekers (1964), alongside Carol Lynley and Ann-Margret.

Tiffin had a key support role in the Western comedy The Hallelujah Trail (1965) directed by John Sturges and starring Burt Lancaster. She was in "Three on an Island" on TV's Vacation Playhouse, the pilot that had not been picked up.


Tiffin received an offer to go to Italy to appear in a segment of the comedy Oggi, domani, dopodomani (1965). She returned to Hollywood to play the ingenue alongside Paul Newman in the private-detective film Harper (1966) which was a big hit. She appeared on the New York stage in a revival of Dinner at Eight (1966).

In 1967 Tiffin decided to relocate to Italy. "I had to get away," she said later.

She starred in a thriller, Imperfect Murder (1966). She stayed there to make The Protagonists (1968), a drama, and Torture Me But Kill Me with Kisses (1968), a comedy with Nino Manfredi and Ugo Tognazzi, an enormous success. She then made The Archangel (1969) with Vittorio Gassman.

The February 1969 issue of Playboy did a photo feature entitled "A Toast to Tiffin".

Also in 1969, she co-starred as a college student and the love interest to Peter Ustinov in the comedy Viva Max!. She appeared on stage in Uncle Vanya for Harold Clurman.

Tiffin guest starred on an episode of The Survivors which was released as a TV movie The Last of the Powerseekers (1971).

She then went back to Italy for Cose di Cosa Nostra (1971), The Viking Who Came from the South (1971), The Fifth Cord (1971), E se per caso una mattina... (1972), Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973), Kill Me, My Love! (1973), La signora รจ stata violentata (1973) and Brigitte, Laura, Ursula, Monica, Raquel, Litz, Florinda, Barbara, Claudia, e Sofia le chiamo tutte... anima mia (1974). She then retired to be with her family. She appeared as herself in a 2003 documentary, Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty, opposite her daughter Echo Danon.

Personal life

Tiffin has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Clay Felker, the American magazine editor, from 1962 until the couple divorced in 1969. Her second marriage is to Edmondo Danon, son of Italian movie producer Marcello Danon. They married in 1974 and have two daughters, Echo and Aurora.

Awards and nominations

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1962: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress" - One, Two, Three
  • 1962: Nominated, "Most Promising Female Newcomer" - Summer and Smoke

Laurel Awards

  • 1962: Nominated, "Top Female New Personality"

Partial filmography

  • One, Two, Three (1961)
  • Summer and Smoke (1961)
  • State Fair (1962)
  • Come Fly with Me (1963)
  • The Pleasure Seekers (1964)
  • The Lively Set (1964)
  • For Those Who Think Young (1964)
  • The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
  • The Man, the Woman and the Money (1965)
  • Harper (1966)
  • The Almost Perfect Crime (1966)
  • Torture Me But Kill Me with Kisses (1968)
  • The Protagonists (1968)
  • The Archangel (1969)
  • Viva Max! (1969)
  • Gang War (1971)
  • The Fifth Cord (1971)
  • The Blonde in the Blue Movie (1971)
  • Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]