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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Pamela Sue Martin

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Famous For:
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and Dynasty
Networth:
$4 Million
Currently Known For:
Actress and Activist
Famous Years:
1977 - 1984
Birthdate:
January 5, 1953
Pamela Sue Martin


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  famous for:
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and Dynasty

  networth:
$4 Million

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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! Advertisements:


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Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in the neighboring town of Westport, Pamela Sue Martin came into this world on January 5, 1953. She never had aspirations of becoming an actress until she and her friend decided to look for jobs in high school. Hired to sell hamburgers at the local hamburger stand, Martin was only earning $1.45 per hour at the time while her friend had ditched Westport for New York City where she was earning $60 per hour as a model. Lured by the idea of making big money and living in the Big Apple, Martin moved to New York City and launched her career as a teen model, landing appearances in a handful of television commercials and print advertisements only weeks later.

Already securing modeling jobs at 17 years old, Martin expertly balanced her studies at Staples High School with the demands of the runway because she was so determined to make it in the business. Knowing that modeling was only a stepping stone in her overall career, she decided to become a dramatic actress despite her complete lack of experience. Sounds crazy, right? Fortunately, her lack of experience didn’t matter because, in 1971, Columbia Pictures announced an open casting call for their new film To Find a Man. Auditioning various girls for the starring role of Rosalind McCarthy, Martin took a huge leap of faith and went to the audition. Impressing producers, the aspiring actress waited three months before producers finally selected her for part with her performance on the silver screen earning widespread praise from critics and producers alike. In fact, renowned producer Irwin Alien was so impressed by her performance that he cast her in his next film, The Poseidon Adventure, featuring superstars Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine and Shelly Winters.

Only 19 years old with two huge feature films under her belt, Martin snagged minor roles in less notable flicks like The Girls of Huntington House in 1973, Buster and Billie and The Hemingway Play, both in 1974. In 1977, she was offered the part of Nancy Drew in ABC’s new mystery series, The Nancy Drew Mysteries, and quickly became a teen idol before producers combined the show with The Hardy Boys Mysteries after the second season. Martin wasn’t thrilled with the idea and left the show in January 1978 before the new series ever aired. She later appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine in July 1978 with a feature story where she discussed her split from the show after the famed merger.

Going on to appear on the silver screen in The Lady in Red in 1979, Martin 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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