Pamela Mason (10 March 1916 – 29 June 1996) was a British actress, author, and screenwriter who appeared in a number of British films.
Early life and career
Born Pamela Ostrer in Westgate-on-Sea, Mason was the daughter of Isidore and Helen Ostrer. Isidore Ostrer was the president of the Gaumont British Picture Corporation. Pamela left school at age 9 and age 16, married Roy Kellino. She began acting in 1934, and in 1939 she and Kellino made their first film together I Met a Murderer (1939).
While on the set I Met A Murderer, she met actor James Mason and began an affair with him. She then shortly divorced Kellino to marry Mason, with whom she had two children, one daughter, Portland Mason Schuyler (1948–2004), and one son, Morgan (who is married to Belinda Carlisle, the lead singer of The Go-Go's. Their son, James Duke Mason, is also an actor). Portland Mason was named for Portland Hoffa, the wife of the American radio comedian Fred Allen; the Allens and the Masons were friends. She remained married to Mason until 1964.
Mason went on to appear in various films including Lady Possessed (1952), The Child (1954), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), and The Sandpiper. She also guest starred on Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Playhouse 90, Love, American Style, and The New Dick Van Dyke Show.
She also hosted two talk shows The Pamela Mason Show from 1965–1966, and The Weaker (?) Sex from 1968-1969. In addition to acting, Mason authored several books including Marriage Is the First Step Toward Divorce and The Female Pleasure Hunt.
On 29 June 1996, Mason died of heart failure at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She is buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.