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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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"I try to live holistically and avoid conventional medicine." Pamela Sue Martin is an actress who first gained notoriety in the late 1970s as Nancy Drew in the popular television series The Hard Boys / The Nancy Drew Mysteries. Although the show only lasted for three seasons, it attracted bigger and bigger audiences over the years as it was released on video and DVD with Netflix even adding a few episodes to their lineup in 2016, which introduced Martin to an entirely new generation of fans. Of course, that isn’t the only role that Martin is known for after she ditched the mystery series for primetime drama and joined the cast of Dynasty as Fallon Carrington Colby in 1981. Wrapping up the series three years later, she’s gone on to make appearances in television shows, made-for-television movies, and feature films but has truly found her niche in Idaho where she runs a local theater company and regularly directs productions!

Martin's career on the silver screen began picked up speed with The Lady in Red in 1979; she had cameos in Fantasy Island and The Love Boat in 1980 before finding another recurring role on primetime as Fallon Carrington Colby on the popular soap opera Dynasty. Joining John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins and plenty of others, Martin gave a stellar performance as the spoiled and feisty heiress but, despite her popularity on the series, Martin decided to leave the show after three years. In 1984, writers wrote her character off as Fallon went missing and was later presumed dead. A year later, Fallon returned when actress Emma Samms took on the role and spent the next four seasons on the show as Martin’s own career declined.

Life after Dynasty marked a new chapter of Martin’s life as she co-wrote, produced and starred in the 1985 feature film, Torchlight. She appeared in made-for-television films like Strong Medicine, Bay Coven, The Saint: The Software Murders and Sky Trackers before touring the country in a production of Beau Geste. As for television, she hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1985, which marked the last of her memorable appearances, and had cameos in That ‘70s Show in 2002 and in The L Word in 2006. Apart from that, she’s found the most success after settling down in Idaho with her own theatrical company.

As for her personal life, Martin has been married four times and joined the ranks of motherhood when she and her fourth husband, Bruce Allen, welcomed their son into the world. Divorcing Allen in 1998, Martin is still single and now spends most of her time at her home in Idaho where she runs her own theater company and works as an activist for various health and environmental causes. A longtime sufferer of chronic bladder pain, the 64-year-old Martin has adopted a healthier lifestyle that’s reflective of her commitment to environmental campaigns like saving the pink dolphins in the Amazon River and other organizations like PETA, Save the Whales and Greenpeace. “I tend to worry about the minutiae of life,” Martin admits, “but living in the mountains of Idaho and having retreated from fame, I am more in tune with life.” Being more in tune has given her a platform to promote a holistic lifestyle and a safer environment for generations to come, at least that’s what Martin says!

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