Pamela Sue Martin

Pamela Sue Martin (born January 5, 1953)[2] is an American actress, who is best known for starring as Nancy Drew on the television series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries[3] and as socialite Fallon Carrington Colby on the ABC soap opera Dynasty, winning a Bambi Award for the latter in 1984.

Pamela Sue Martin
Pamela Sue Martin 1977.jpg
Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew, 1977
Born (1953-01-05) January 5, 1953 (age 68)
OccupationActress, author, model
Years active1968–present
Jorge Brusch
(m. 1979⁠–⁠1980)

Manuel Rojas
(m. 1982⁠–⁠1987)

Bruce Allen
(m. 1990⁠–⁠1998)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Westport, Connecticut,[4][5][6] Martin began modeling at 17 and appeared in The Poseidon Adventure in 1972, at age 19. More films followed, including Our Time[7] and Buster and Billie.[8]

Later, her work as ABC-TV's Nancy Drew made her something of a teen idol. Initially, the ABC program alternated each week between The Nancy Drew Mysteries and The Hardy Boys Mysteries.[9] In season 2, the shows were merged and renamed The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, [9] which led to Nancy's role being reduced.[9] This frustrated Martin, who left the series as a result.[9] Her final appearance as Nancy aired on January 1, 1978.

Martin appeared in a cover pictorial in the July 1978 issue of Playboy magazine, with the headline "TV's Nancy Drew Undraped". In the magazine, she cited the merger of the two shows as her reason for quitting the series.[9]

Martin portrayed feisty and spoiled heiress Fallon Carrington Colby on the ABC nighttime soap opera Dynasty from its debut in 1981 through to the end of the fourth season in 1984. After Martin left (of her own accord), the character was initially portrayed as "missing and presumed dead". The series recast the role with actress Emma Samms at the end of the fifth season in 1985.

Martin hosted Saturday Night Live on February 16, 1985. In the 2000s, she was artistic director of the Interplanetary Theater Group, in Idaho.[4][10] Since then, she has worked sporadically in film and television.

Martin has spoken about her struggle with interstitial cystitis.[11] In 1984, Martin, who has long been involved in environmental causes, appeared in a public service announcement to help save pink dolphins in the Amazon River.[12] The ad was directed by Clyde Lucas, who appeared on The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1972 To Find a Man Rosalind McCarthy Credited as Pamela Martin
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Susan Shelby
1974 Our Time Abigail "Abby" Reed
1974 Buster and Billie Margie Hooks
1979 The Lady in Red Polly Franklin
1985 Torchlight Lillian Weller
1987 Flicks Liz Stone
1990 A Cry in the Wild June Robeson
2010 Soupernatural Rod
2014 McTaggart's Fortune Sergeant Jeanine Bowman


Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Girls of Huntington House Gail Dorn Movie
1974 The Gun and the Pulpit Sally Underwood Movie
1976 The Hemingway Play Movie
1976 The Quest Ginger Episode: "Day of Outrage"
1977–78 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Nancy Drew Regular
1978 Human Feelings Verna Gold Movie
1980 Fantasy Island Velda Ferini Episode: "The Invisible Woman/The Snow Bird"
1980 The Love Boat Donna Dayton Episode: "Bommerang/Captain's Triangle/Out of This World"
1981–84 Dynasty Fallon Carrington Colby Regular
1986 Strong Medicine Celia Grey Movie
1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Melinda Jensen Episode: "Anniversary Gift"
1987 Bay Coven Linda Lebon Movie
1989 The Saint: The Software Murders Irina Movie
1990 Sky Trackers Doctor Spencer Jenkins Movie
2002 That '70s Show Wizard Episode: "Tornado Prom"
2006 The L Word Linda Kennard Episode: "Lifeline"
2017 My Christmas Prince[13] Samantha's mother Movie
2019 Nancy Drew Harriet Grosset Episode "Pilot"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Work Result Ref.
1995 Bambi Award Dynasty Won [14]


  1. ^ Schulz, Sarah. "'Dynasty': Meet Pamela Sue Martin's Three Husbands". Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019". United Press International. January 5, 2019. Archived from the original on January 5, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019. actor Pamela Sue Martin in 1953 (age 67)
  3. ^ Pamela Sue Martin at AllMovie
  4. ^ a b "Biography". Pamela Sue Martin official website. Archived from the original on January 19, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Brooks, Tim; Earle F. Marsh (June 24, 2009). "Pamela Sue Martin". The Complete Directory to Prime Time TV Stars. New York City: Random House. p. 550. ISBN 978-0307483201. b. Jan. 5, 1953, Westport, Conn.
  6. ^ Chase's Calendar of Events 2016 (59 ed.). Bernan Press. 2015. p. 75. ISBN 978-1598888072.
  7. ^ "Our Time (1974)". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Buster and Billie (1974)". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e Plunkett-Powell, Karen (1993). The Nancy Drew Scrapbook: 60 years of America's favorite teenage sleuth. St. Martin's Press. pp. 120, 121, 122. ISBN 978-0312098810.
  10. ^ Tanous, Adam. "Valley actors to stage The Laramie Project". Idaho Mountain Express. Retrieved February 27, 2002.
  11. ^ "Pamela Sue Martin". TMZ. October 24, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "Pamela Sue Martin: PSA Help Save Pink Dolphins". 7th Voyage Productions. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
  13. ^ "My Christmas Prince". Lifetime. Archived from the original on February 12, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "The BAMBI award goes to… | BAMBI". Retrieved April 2, 2021.

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