biography

Born in Oklahoma City on October 13, 1942, gorgeous Pamela Tiffin grew up in Chicago, where she began a modeling career while in her early teens. She moved to New York to model and attend college, but she became so successful in her modeling career that college soon took a back seat. On a trip to California, Tiffin met producer Hal Wallis (husband of actress Martha Hyer) who was so impressed with the beautiful teenager that he cast her in the Tennessee Williams drama Summer and Smoke (1961). Tiffin's sterling debut performance netted her nominations for two Golden Globe awards (in the Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Female Newcomer categories) in early 1962. Later that year, Tiffin married magazine mogul Clay Felker.

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Knockout Pamela Tiffin posed for a number of cheesecake shots in the 1960s

Director Billy Wilder was taken with Tiffin's comedic skills and cast her in the Coca-Cola themed One, Two, Three (1961; with James Cagney and Arlene Francis). Afterward, Tiffin would make a number of light-hearted romantic comedies including The Pleasure Seekers (1964; with Ann-Margret) and For Those Who Think Young (1964; with James Darren and Tina Louise). With her marriage failing, she went to Europe in the mid 1960s to star in a number of sexy comedies. In 1974 Tiffin remarried, and she retired from the screen to raise a family and pursue other interests. Today she lives in New York with husband Edmondo Danon and her two daughters.

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One, Two, Three (1961)

Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, and James CagneyHorst Buchholz, James Cagney, Pamela Tiffin, and Billy WilderPamela Tiffin and Horst Buchholz

LEFT: Scene from One, Two, Three with Horst Buchholz and James Cagney as a Coca-Cola executive. CENTER: Tiffin clowns with Buchholz, Cagney, and director Billy Wilder. RIGHT: Again with Buchholz. Oddly enough, Tiffin starred in two films sponsored by rival soft drink companies: One, Two, Three by Coca-Cola, and For Those Who Think Young by Pepsi

State Fair (1962) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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LEFT: With Bobby Darin in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair. RIGHT: With Alice Faye as Tiffin's mother

Come Fly with Me (1963)

Pamela Tiffin and Dolores Hart

From the MGM comedy Come Fly with Me with Dolores Hart. This was Hart's final film

The Lively Set (1964)

James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Joanie Sommers, and Doug McClure

With James Darren, Joanie Sommers, and Doug McClure in the Universal youth vehicle The Lively Set

The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

Burt Lancaster, Jim Hutton, and Pamela Tiffin

With Burt Lancaster and Jim Hutton in the comedy western The Hallelujah Trail

Kiss the Other Sheik (1965)

Pamela Tiffin and Marcello Mastroianni

With Marcello Mastroianni in Kiss the Other Sheik

Harper (1966) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Pamela Tiffin and Robert Wagner

With Robert Wagner in the Warner Bros. crime drama Harper

Viva Max! (1969)

Pamela Tiffin and Peter Ustinov

With Peter Ustinov in the underrated comedy Viva Max!

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Summer And Smoke [Blu-ray](1961)
Based on the Tennessee Williams play, this moving drama stars Geraldine Page as the repressed daughter of a minister who harbors a lifelong crush on new doctor Laurence Harvey. When the object of her affections takes up with the sultry and sexually liberated daughter of a casino owner, her unrequited feelings have tragic consequences. With Rita Moreno, Una Merkel, John McIntire. 118 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Summer And Smoke [DVD](1961) DVD
Based on the Tennessee Williams play, this moving drama stars Geraldine Page as the repressed daughter of a minister who harbors a lifelong crush on new doctor Laurence Harvey. When the object of her affections takes up with the sultry and sexually liberated daughter of a casino owner, her unrequited feelings have tragic consequences. With Rita Moreno, Una Merkel, John McIntire. 118 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
State Fair (1945)/State Fair (1962) DVD
The only Rodgers and Hammerstein score written expressly for the screen is available in two different film versions. The 1945 adaptation is a lavish musical rendering of the beloved tale of the Frake family's adventures during their annual trip to the Iowa fair. Stars Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Vivian Blaine, Dick Haymes, and Charles Winninger. Songs include "Isn't It Kinda Fun!," "All I Owe Iowa" and the Oscar-winning "It Might as Well Be Spring." The 1962 version is a classic slice of Americana that moves the fair to Dallas, Texas, and includes five extra songs written by composer Richard Rodgers. Pat Boone, Ann-Margret, Bobby Darin, Tom Ewell, and Alice Faye (after a 16-year screen absence) star. 3 2/3 hrs. total. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; featurette; TV pilot; audio commentary; theatrical trailers; photo gallery. Two-disc set.
The Pleasure Seekers [DVD](1964) DVD
In scenic Madrid, a vacationing trio of young American ladies--performer Ann-Margret, secretary Carol Lynley, and art student Pamela Tiffin--are out to make the memories last, as they each go on a rocky hunt for true romance. Lush do-over of "Three Coins in the Fountain" from the original's director, Jean Negulesco, co-stars Anthony Franciosa, Gardner McKay, Andre Lawrence, Brian Keith, and, in her screen farewell, Gene Tierney. 107 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Harper [DVD](1966) DVD
Paul Newman plays Ross MacDonald's cool private eye Lew Harper (renamed from the books' Lew Archer because of Newman's success with "H"-titled films), hired to locate wealthy Lauren Bacall's missing husband and finding a complex and deadly string of suspects. Shelley Winters, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, and Pamela Tiffin also star. 121 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.
Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Paul Newman [DVD] DVD
"Somebody up There Likes Me" (1956), director Robert Wise's biodrama of middleweight boxing champ Rocky Graziano, won two Oscars. In his third film role (and the one that made him a star), Paul Newman plays the New York street kid who escapes a life of petty crime to become a sports legend. With Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Sal Mineo, and Steve McQueen (making his film debut). Then, the thrilling Hitchcockian yarn "The Mackintosh Man" (1973) stars Newman as a British agent sent on a mission to infiltrate the Scarperers, a communist group secretly led by a powerful politician (James Mason). With the fate of the Free World hanging in the balance, Newman races to stop Mason while dealing with espionage, double agents, and uneasy alliances. With Dominique Sanda, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen; directed by John Huston. Four-disc set also includes "Harper" and "Cool Hand Luke." 7 2/3 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Viva Max! [DVD](1969) DVD
Peter Ustinov stars as General Maximilian Rodrigues de Santos, the latest--and least--in a line of Mexican military men, who decides to prove himself by leading his ragtag band of soldiers across the border into Texas and marching to San Antonio. His mission?: reclaim the Alamo for his country! Pamela Tiffin, Jonathan Winters, Harry Morgan, and John Astin also star in this wonderfully wacky comedy based on the first novel by future newsman Jim Lehrer. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
The Fifth Cord (Giornato Nera Per L'Ariete) [DVD](1971) DVD
An alcoholic journalist (Peter Nero) investigates a quartet of brutal murders, discovering a series of clues that connects him to both the victims and the murderer. The bizarre giallo thriller boasts cinematography by the renowned Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now") and a musical score by Ennio Morricone. Silvia Monti, Edmund Purdom, and Agostina Belli also star. AKA: "Evil Fingers." 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono; interviews; theatrical trailer.
The Blonde In The Blue Movie [DVD](1971) DVD
Strait-laced Sicilian businessman Rosario (Lando Buzzanca) is sent by his firm to work in sexually liberated Copenhagen, where he meets and falls for the beautiful Karen (Pamela Tiffin). But what will happen when, after they get married, Rosario learns that Karen's past includes a stint as an adult film actress? Follow the sexy fun in this racy European comedy. AKA: "No One Will Notice You're Naked," "The Viking Who Came from the South." 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

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filmography

FILM
Rose (1986) with Brett Halsey and Valerie Perrine
Brigitte, Laura, Ursula, Monica, Raquel, Litz, Florinda, Barbara, Claudia, e Sofia le chiamo tutte... anima mia (1974)
Kill Me, My Love! (1973) with Farley Granger
The Lady Has Been Raped (1973)
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1972) with Franco Nero and Anthony Quinn
Gang War (1971) with Vittorio De Sica
The Blonde In The Blue Movie (1971)
The Fifth Cord (1971) with Edmund Purdom and Franco Nero
The Archangel (1969) with Vittorio Gassman, Adolfo Celi, and Laura Antonelli
Viva Max! (1969) with Peter Ustinov, Jonathan Winters, and John Astin
The Protagonists (1968) with Sylva Koscina
Kill Me with Kisses (1968) with Ugo Tognazzi, Samson Burke, and Moira Orfei
The Almost Perfect Crime (1966)
Harper (1966) with Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, and Shelley Winters
Kiss the Other Sheik (1965) with Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, and Ugo Tognazzi
The Hallelujah Trail (1965) with Burt Lancaster, Jim Hutton, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence, and Whit Bissell
For Those Who Think Young (1964) with Tina Louise, James Darren, Paul Lynde, Nancy Sinatra, and Bob Denver
The Pleasure Seekers (1964) with Ann-Margret, Gardner McKay, Anthony Franciosa, and Carol Lynley
The Lively Set (1964) with James Darren and Doug McClure
Come Fly with Me (1963) with Hugh O'Brian, Dolores Hart, Lois Maxwell, and Dawn Addams
State Fair (1962) with Pat Boone, Ann-Margret, Bobby Darin, Alice Faye, and Wally Cox
One, Two, Three (1961) with James Cagney, Arlene Francis, and Horst Buchholz
Summer and Smoke (1961) with Laurence Harvey, Rita Moreno, Geraldine Page, and Max Showalter

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Password, 1961-1967 daytime TV game show. Tiffin appeared on the January 8, 1967 broadcast
What's My Line?, 1950-1967 nighttime game show. Tiffin appeared on the March 12, 1967 broadcast
The Fugitive, episode The Girl from Little Egypt, originally aired December 24, 1963
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