Publicity photo of Duncan from a 1958 episode of Highway Patrol
|Born||December 28, 1924|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 11, 2005 (aged 80)|
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Pamela Duncan (December 28, 1924 – November 11, 2005) was an American B-movie actress who starred in the 1957 Roger Corman cult science fiction film Attack of the Crab Monsters and later appeared in the 2000 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Curtain Call, that focused on the lives and careers of the residents of the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Duncan won several local beauty pageants as a teenager before moving to southern California to become a movie actor. She attended Cornell University and Hunter College.
Duncan worked three years in summer stock theatre. Her first role came when she appeared in the 1951 film Whistling Hills. Also in the 1950s, she played the part of Mike Hammer's secretary Velda in the mystery drama My Gun Is Quick.
On television, Duncan appeared on a number of television programs. In 1958 she appeared on Perry Mason as the murder victim and title character in "The Case of the Daring Decoy." Other television appearances included Pony Express, Highway Patrol, Maverick, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Colt .45, Tombstone Territory, Sea Hunt, Tales of Wells Fargo episode 14 The Sliver Bullets, and in 1959 she appeared in Bat Masterson, as Rachel Lowery in the episode "Lady Luck."
In still another 1959 appearance, Duncan was cast as Princess Nadja in the episode, "RX: Slow Death", on the syndicated anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. On November 11, 2005, Duncan died from a stroke at the Booth Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 80.
|1951||Whistling Hills||Cora - Waitress|
|1951||Lawless Cowboys||Nora Clayton|
|1952||Confidence Girl||Braddock's Nurse||Uncredited|
|1952||The Ring||Frances - Carhop||Uncredited|
|1953||A Blueprint for Murder||Nurse||Uncredited|
|1954||Dragonfly Squadron||Anne Taylor|
|1954||The Saracen Blade||Zenobia|
|1954||Return from the Sea||Nurse|
|1956||Seven Men from Now||Señorita Nellie|
|1957||Attack of the Crab Monsters||Martha Hunter|
|1957||The Undead||Diana Love / Helene|
|1957||My Gun Is Quick||Velda, Hammer's Secretary|
|1957||Gun Battle at Monterey||Maria Salvador|
|1959||Don't Give Up the Ship||Lt. Ward||Uncredited|
|1961||Summer and Smoke||Pearl||Uncredited|
|1962||Girls! Girls! Girls!||Cigarette Girl||Uncredited|
- "Pamela Duncan; was in 'Attack of Crab Monsters'". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. Associated Press. November 21, 2005. p. D 7. Retrieved 30 June 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Johnson, Erskine (April 10, 1958). "Pamela Duncan Is TV's Famed Unknown". News-Press. Florida, Fort Myers. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 7 A. Retrieved 30 June 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Weaver, Tom (2014). A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers. McFarland. pp. 178–183. ISBN 978-0-7864-5831-8. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
- Pamela Duncan on IMDb
- Pamela Duncan at AllMovie
- Pamela Duncan at the Internet Broadway Database
- Pamela Duncan at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
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