Early life, family, educational background
Singer, actress, fashion model, producer, entrepreneur, spokesperson and voice actor Pamela Gene Dawber was born on October 18, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She was raised with her younger sister, Leslie, by their parents, Eugene E. Dawber and Thelma M. (née Fisher) in the Farmington Hills suburb.
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Eugene was a commercial artist and Thelma ran a photography agency. Unfortunately, Leslie was born with congestive heart disease and died during open heart surgery in December 1976 when she was 22.
Pam attended Reid Elementary School in Goodrich, then graduated from North Farmington High School before attending Oakland Community College, and would model part-time during her studies. She saw the potential for her modeling career to take off, so she dropped out of college to pursue it full-time.
HAPPY 64th BIRTHDAY PAM DAWBER! She is best known for her role as “Mindy” on the sitcom ‘Mork & Mindy’.
The personal life of the family
She is the daughter-in-law of Tom Harmon and Elyse Harmon, and the sister-in-law of Kristin Harmon and Kelly Harmon. Due in part to her marriage to Mark Harmon, she is the aunt of Sam, Tracy, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, the descendants of singer Ricky Nelson and Kristin.
Who is Mark Harmon?
American television and film actor Thomas Mark Nelson was born on September 2, 1951 in Burbank, California, USA. Since the early 1970s, Mark has appeared in a variety of roles. He was a college football player before performing in “St. Elsewhere,” which earned him the People’s title of “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1986. In 2002, he received an Emmy Award nomination for playing Secret Service special agent Simon Donovan in “The West Wing”.
A year later, he landed a similar role as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in “NCIS.” The creator of “NCIS” and “JAG” saw Mark in “The West Wing” and decided to cast him as a guest star in two episodes of “JAG” as Leroy, before becoming a regular character of his in “NCIS”, which Mark played since 2003.
He also has popped up in ‘The Deliberate Stranger’, ‘Reasonable Doubts’, ‘Certain Prey’ and other films and television series. Pam and Mark played Barbara and John Cooper in “I’ll Remember April” as well as a number of “Love Letters” productions. In 2005 Mark won a Prism Award and The Golden Boot Award. He earned a star on the Walk of Fame in 2012 and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor in 2017.
Pam’s girlfriend moved to New York and advised her to move with her and take her modeling portfolio with her.
Pam agreed and showed her portfolio to several agencies before being signed as a fashion model at Wilhelmina Models. From there, she decided to take up acting, after appearing in a few commercials.
With an intense pleasure in acting, she began to study both voice and physical acting.
Pam was cast as the lead in a stock production of “Sweet Adeline,” a musical comedy at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. From that role, she auditioned for a part in the television series “Tabitha” in 1976, a sitcom that ran from 1977 to 1978, and was a spin-off of the sitcom “Bewitched”; the character she auditioned for was given to Lisa Hartman, but ABC-TV was unimpressed with her audition, so they included Pam on their talent development program, which paid the actors until they found suitable roles. Through the program, Pam was recruited by Garry K. Marshall.
In the 1980s, she sang in the production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”, produced by the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, and based on the Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival production. In the New York run, Linda Ronstadt played Pam as Mabel.
She played Terri in “Sister Terri” in 1978.
From 1978 to 1982, she played Mindy McConnell in the ABC comedy “Mork & Mindy”, considered her breakthrough. Getting cast was a surprise due to Pam’s minimal acting experience, but Garry K. Marshall saw her potential and cast her as one of the two title roles without asking her to audition. Her character, Mindy, was not only funny, but also the love interest of Mork, an alien from the planet Ork. Mork was played by famous actor Robin Williams before he became famous.
The series was hugely popular in its first season, averaging number three in the 1978 Nielsen ratings. She has said the most challenging part of the role was keeping a straight face when starring opposite Robin, because he was always hilarious and made her laugh easily and often. As the show progressed, the network insisted that Mindy become a more sexualized character, but Pam fought it off, with Robin’s support.
She portrayed Karen Billings in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” entitled “But Can She Type?” in 1985.
From 1986 to 1988, she played the title role of Samantha “Sam” Russell in the CBS sitcom “My Sister Sam.”, alongside Rebecca Schaeffer. The show was a huge success in its first season, but ratings plummeted after the show was moved to Saturday nights and was taken off the air in April 1988.
Half of the episodes in season two never aired on CBS, but USA Network eventually aired all previous and remaining episodes. A year after the show was canceled, Rebecca was shot and killed outside her apartment in July 1989 by an obsessed fan, Robert John Bardo. According to nearby sources, Pam was “devastated” by Rebecca’s death. Along with her other “My Sister Sam” co-stars, Pam reunited with the cast, including David Naughton, Joel Brooks, and Jenny O’Hara, to record a public service announcement against violence. Pam furthered her efforts by becoming an advocate for gun control.
In 1987, she played Pearl in “Faerie Tale Theater” in the episode “The Little Mermaid”, but after the birth of her second child, she gave up acting to focus on her family, but in the 1990s she acted occasionally. on. In 1994, she played Cheryl Castorini in ‘Dream On’ and the episode ‘From Here to Paternity’.
She voiced the role of Liese in the “Self-Discipline” episode of “Adventures from the Book of Virtues” in 1996, then in 1997 she played Ronnie Boswell in “Life… and Stuff”, and from 1997 to 199 she voiced Perdita ‘Perdy’ in “101 Dalmatians: The Series.”
In an episode of “The Crazy Ones” titled “Love Sucks”, in 2014, she played Lily, reunited with Robin Williams for the show and once again played his love interest in the comedy series. While both actors were widely loved by audiences, the show did not perform well and was canceled. Unfortunately, Robin was already suffering from Lewy body dementia and died of suicide later that year.
In 2016, she played Arnette in “The Odd Couple” in the episode titled “Taffy Days”. Pam won a People’s Choice Award in 1979 for her role in ‘Mork & Mindy’.
In 1987, she earned her second People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Show.
In 1978 she played Tracy Farrell in ‘A Wedding’. She appeared in numerous films during the 1980s, including “The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything” as Bonny Lee Beaumont in 1980, “Remembrance of Love” in 1982 as Marcy Rabin, “Last of the Great Survivors” in 1984 as Laura Matthews, and in 1988 as Lucy Wedemeyer in “Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story.”
She starred opposite John Ritter as Helen Knable in the comedy “Stay Tuned” in 1992, as Robyn in 1993’s “The Man with Three Wives”, “A Child’s Cry for Help” as Monica Shaw in 1994, and as Liz Corrigan in 1999’s ” Don’t look behind you.”
Pam is a spokeswoman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Garry K. Marshall passed away in 2016.
Out of respect, Pam was a guest in a tribute episode of “The Odd Couple”, which was dedicated to Garry, with other actors including Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross and Garry’s sister, Penny Marshall.
Together with her ex-manager, Mimi Weber, they founded the production company Pony Productions.
On March 21, 1987, Pam married fellow actor Mark Harmon in a private ceremony. Mark’s wedding ring is shaped like an eagle’s head. In an interview with Country Living, he shared: ‘I wear it or some of the others I have because when I’m not shooting I make sure I have something on my ring finger because I’m proud to be married and I’m proud of who I’m married to. They reportedly renewed their vows at 30e wedding anniversary in an intimate ceremony held in their backyard.
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The couple have two sons together – Sean Thomas Harmon was born on April 26, 1988 and is now an actor, and Ty Christian Harmon was born on June 25, 1992.
In an interview with ET, Pam opened up about her decision to leave her acting career to focus on her family life: “I don’t think two people can work in show business all the time and stay married.” She added that she was allowed to do anything she wanted to do professionally, including performing in musical theater, airing cartoons, acting in a number one show and performing on Broadway. After having her kids, her focus shifted from chasing “this fame thing” to wanting to take her kids to school and participate in their school events. “I got to teach in their art class, so it was a different life then, and I was really happy to do it.”
Pam and Mark are both very private about their personal lives and don’t often appear in public together or with their children.
In an interview with People, while the couple were still engaged, Pam spoke of their privacy: “We’re not trying to keep anything a secret, but if you don’t want it to be fully exploited by the press, you should.”
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- In 1996, Pam and Mark pulled a man from a burning car.
- She has a soprano voice of four octaves.
- She was a judge on the panel that chose NASA’s “Teacher in Space,” Christa McAuliffe, who subsequently died in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.
- Her hobbies are cooking, swimming, canoeing and horse riding.
- Pam was best friends with Robin Williams.
She is 1.69 m tall, weighs 57 kg and her vital statistics are 33-25-33. She has blue eyes and brown hair.
Wealth and salary
As of early 2020, Pam’s net worth was estimated at $12 million; she earns an annual income from her production company, Pony Productions. When filming “Mork & Mindy,” she was paid $15,000 per episode, a high salary at the time.