Friday, June 29, 2012

Celebrity Grave: Actress, Author, Screenwriter Pamela Mason 1996 Wife of Actor James Mason

Pamela Mason (10 March 1916 – 29 June 1996) was a British actress, author, and screenwriter who appeared in a number of British films.

Early life and career

Born Pamela Ostrer in Westgate-on-Sea, Mason was the daughter of Isadore, a mill owner, and Helen Ostrer. She left school at age 9 and age 16, married Roy Kellino. She began acting in 1934, and in 1939 she and Kellino made their first film together I Met a Murderer (1939). After divorcing Kellino in 1940, she married actor James Mason with whom she had two children. She remained married to him until 1964.

Mason went on to appear various films including Lady Possessed (1952), The Child (1954), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), and The Sandpiper. She also guest starred on Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Playhouse 90, Love, American Style, and The New Dick Van Dyke Show.

She also hosted two talk shows The Pamela Mason Show from 1965-1966, and The Weaker (?) Sex from 1968-1969. In addition to acting, Mason authored several books including Marriage Is the First Step Toward Divorce and The Female Pleasure Hunt.


On 29 June 1996, Mason died of heart failure at her home in Beverly Hills, California. Her ashes were scattered in the rose garden at  Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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