Pamela Brown

Pamela Brown

Highest Rated: 100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)

Lowest Rated: 50% Secret Ceremony (1968)

Birthday: Jul 08, 1917

Birthplace: London, England, UK

With her cat-like eyes and authoritative beauty, Pamela Brown specialized in playing powerful women, although almost exclusively in supportive roles. Her reputation was originally made on the British stage, where she debuted in the lead, opposite Peter Glenville in the 1936 Stratford-upon-Avon production of "Romeo and Juliet." Her most acclaimed film work was with the directing/producing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. In the 1945 classic "'I Know Where I'm Going!'," she played Catriona, an earthy, independent woman who guides heroine Joan away from the comfortable marriage Joan is planning. She plays Nicklaus, the muse of Hoffmann in Powell & Pressburger's 1951 adaptation of the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann," memorably suggesting the character's supernatural power. Powell lived as a couple with Brown in her final years (as a devout Catholic, she never remarried after her divorce from actor Peter Copley), and Powell himself commented on her unusual power, "She was a witch: women adored her; men feared her, and for the same reason -- she fascinated them." By the mid 1950s, she began to appear in Hollywood prestige films, including the role of the prostitute Christine who inspires Vincent Van Gogh in the painter's biopic, "Lust for Life." She played high priestesses and queens in 1963's "Cleopatra," 1964's "Becket," and 1966's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Rarely in good health (she suffered severe arthritis since her teens), Brown died of pancreatic cancer in 1975, at the age of 58.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 83% In This House of Brede Dame Agnes (Character) - 1975
60% 43% Dracula Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 40% The Road Builder Mrs. Edith Prince (Character) - 1971
100% 74% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Mrs. Fitzherbert (Character) - 1970
60% 63% Wuthering Heights Mrs. Linton (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 43% Figures in a Landscape Widow (Character) - 1970
50% 54% Secret Ceremony Hilda (Character) - 1968
76% 87% Becket Queen Eleanor (Character) - 1964
62% 69% Cleopatra High Priestess (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 50% The Scapegoat Blanche (Character) - 1959
100% 81% Lust for Life Christine (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Now and Forever Mrs. Grant (Character) - 1955
84% 79% Richard III Jane Shore (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 45% Personal Affair Evelyn (Character) - 1954
86% 71% The Tales of Hoffmann Nicklaus (Character) $90.4K 1951
No Score Yet 59% Alice in Wonderland The Queen of Hearts (Character) - 1949
100% 82% I Know Where I'm Going! Catriona (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 65% One of Our Aircraft Is Missing Els Meertens (Character) - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1989

QUOTES FROM Pamela Brown CHARACTERS

Else Meertens says: Do you think that we Hollanders who threw the sea out of our country will let the Germans have it? Better the sea.

Jo de Vries says: You see. That's what you're doing for us. Can you hear them running for shelter? Can you understand what that means to all the occupied countries? To enslaved people, having it drummed into their ears that the Germans are masters of the Earth. Seeing these masters running for shelter. Seeing them crouching under tables. And hearing that steady hum night after night. That noise which is oil for the burning fire in our hearts.