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Pamela Reed



Although her earthy and somewhat plain appearance might have prevented her from landing the sort of glamorous parts Hollywood seems to reserve for A-list beauty queens, actress Pamela Reed still managed to maintain a healthy career with a series of winning supporting roles. A Washington native who spent the majority of her childhood in Maryland, Reed moved back to the Northwest for an opportunity to work on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. There, she began to study drama at the University of Washington, where she stood out amongst her classmates due to her age (she was nearly 30 when she graduated and began seeking out roles in New York and L.A.). She later appeared off-Broadway in Curse of the Starving Class and impressed audiences with her performance in Aunt Dan and Lemonand her skillful interpretation of Shakespeare in All's Well That Ends Well. In 1978, Reed made her Broadway debut in a production of The November People. With a solid stage resumé, the actress moved to the screen in Walter Hill's 1980 Western The Long Riders. Reed could bring style and depth to even the most threadbare of roles, and in the years that followed, she made a name for herself by essaying key supporting parts in such films as Eyewitness (1981) and The Right Stuff (1983); though her characters rarely broke the mold of supportive wife/girlfriend, her performances were always graceful and believable.



Reed took a turn toward the small screen with a role in the 1990 comedy series Grand, and alternated frequently between film and television for the remainder of the decade. From her scene-stealing turn alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop (1990) to her performance as a housewife with a history in the made-for-TV mystery Woman With a Past, Reed proved equally adept at both comedy and drama. Following a memorable role in Tim Robbins' 1992 political satire (and directorial debut) Bob Roberts, the actress returned to television in 1995 for the short-lived comedy series The Home Court. She built a sturdy fan base of Lifetime viewers with such made-for-cable features as The Man Next Door (1995), and continued to appear in such hit features as Bean (1997) and Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). Reed later starred in the 2000 blockbuster Proof of Life, and appeared in the small-screen drama Book of Days (2003) and Glory Days in 2004.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Life of the Party
  • Evelyn
2007
No Score Yet Man Next Door
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't
  • Fran Hinkel
2005
No Score Yet Book of Days
  • Sister Grady
2003
No Score Yet Standing on Fishes
  • Actor
2003
40% Proof of Life
  • Janice
2000
No Score Yet Standing on Fishes
  • Janice
1999
No Score Yet Caroline?
  • Grace
1999
No Score Yet Carriers (Virus X - Die tödliche Falle)
  • Holly Parker
1998
54% Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  • Judge Lambrey
1998
42% Bean
  • Alison Langley
1997
No Score Yet Santa Fe
  • Nancy Thomas
1997
No Score Yet The Man Next Door
  • Wanda Gilmore
1996
No Score Yet Critical Choices
  • Arlene
1996
No Score Yet Deadly Whispers
  • Carol Acton
1995
34% Junior
  • Angela
1994
No Score Yet Woman with a Past
  • Dee Johnson
1994
No Score Yet Born Too Soon
  • Elizabeth Mehren
1993
100% Bob Roberts
  • News Anchor Carol Cruise
1992
11% Passed Away
  • Terry
1992
51% Kindergarten Cop
  • Phoebe O'Hara
1990
55% Cadillac Man
  • Tina O'Brien
1990
17% Chattahoochee
  • Earlene
1989
No Score Yet Hemingway
  • Mary Walsh
1988
No Score Yet Rachel River
  • Mary Graving
1987
33% The Best of Times
  • Gigi Hightower
1986
10% The Clan of the Cave Bear
  • Iza
1986
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet
  • Helen Greco
1985
98% The Right Stuff
  • Trudy
1983
No Score Yet I Want to Live!
  • Edie Bannister
1983
No Score Yet The Goodbye People
  • Nancie Scot
1983
31% Young Doctors in Love
  • Norine Sprockett
1982
90% Eyewitness
  • Linda
1981
94% Melvin and Howard
  • Bonnie Dummar
1980
82% The Long Riders
  • Belle Starr
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Mrs. Banks
75% United States of Tara
2009-2011
  • Bev
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Roberta Deeks Mrs. Deeks
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Mary Bidwell
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Donna Hoppe
57% The Beast
2009
  • Actor
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
  • Voice
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Leslie's Mom
No Score Yet Perception
2012-2015
  • Actor

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