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Summary of Pamelyn's Acting Credits
All info assembled from various sources on the net, contributions from visitors, and from credits from Pamelyn. There's a pretty good filmography for her on the Internet Movie Database, and that's where most of these summaries point. It looks like they've cribbed a lot of information from this page, too! If you remember Pamelyn from some other appearance, send it to me in e-mail.
Pamelyn was born February 4, 1959.
"Leave it to Beaver" - No, that's not Pamelyn in a cameo in a 1962 episode of this series - although it looks like her! It's actually her sister Wendy.
|Pamelyn in 1964.
What a Way To Go (Movie 1964) Had a one line-cameo at end "What do you think I am, a baby?" (Summary)
The Littlest Hobo (TV 1964) "The Babysitter" (Summary)
Breaking Point (TV 1964) "The Summer House"
Bewitched (TV 1965) "Eat at Mario's"
Never Too Late (Movie 1965) (Summary)
Andy Griffith Show (TV 1965) "Girl Shy" and "Bazaar" (as Corlis? (Source)
Jonathan Winters Show (TV 1965) (Summary)
Baby Makes Three (aka Baby Crazy) (TV pilot 1965)
The John Forsythe Show (TV 1965-66) As "Pamela" (Summary)
The Reluctant Astronaut (Movie 1966) Don Knotts movie, short cameo. (Summary)
Mr. Bubble commercial (YouTube)
Glass Wax commercial (YouTube)
Valley of Mystery (TV, Movie 1966) Uncredited cameo.
Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre (TV 1966) "City of LA" and "Free of Charge"
Andy Williams Show (TV 1966)
Bing Crosby Show (TV 1966) "Manpower"
|Branded (TV 1966) "A Proud Town"|
Road West (TV 1966)
Danny Kaye Show (TV 1966)
Jesse James (TV 1966) "A Burying for Rosie"
|My Three Sons (TV 1966) "Fly Away Home"|
Stranded (TV pilot 1966)
Death Valley Days (TV 19??) appearance
Mad Mad Scientist (aka Guess What I Did Today) (TV pilot 1966)
Family Affair (TV 1967) (Michele Tirone's fantastic web page and episode guide) (IMDB Summary)
Pamelyn in "The Joiners" episode
Images courtesy of Michele Tirone, as captured from French television.
Daniel Boone (TV 1967) "Requiem for Craw Greene"
Custer (TV 1967) "To The Death"
The Monkees (TV April 17, 1967, episode 31, first season) "Monkees in the Movies" When the starring role in a 'beach party' movie goes to Davy, the others have to bring him down to earth. Features "Last Train To Clarksville" and Bobby Sherman.
The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band (Movie 1968) (Summary) Laura Bower.
|An exclusive image and message from fellow child star Vernon "Mark" McDougal. "I was in the 1968 Walt Disney production of The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band with Pamelyn. I have a studio picture of us together with Walter Brennan, Butch Patrick, Bobby Riha and Andrea Sacino in the 'Schoolhouse Scene'."|
|From the right, Walter Brennan, unknown, Vernon McDougal, Pamelyn Ferdin. Butch Patrick, aka Eddie Munster, stands at right. To his right is Teresa Candy Warder.|
Second Hundred Years (TV 1968) "Luke's First Christmas" (Summary)
The Flying Nun (TV 1968) "The Reconversion of Sister Shapiro"
Pamelyn in "The Flying Nun"
|Gunsmoke (TV 1968) "The Money Store"|
Green Acres (TV 1968) "Instant Family"
Star Trek (TV 'And the Children Shall Lead,' season three, episode four, aired October 11, 1968) "Mary Janowski" (Summary)(Deutsch)
|Pam's autographed picture, circa 1968|
|Gene Kelly Special (TV 1968)|
|Jerry Lewis at the Greek Theatre (TV 1968) Dancing, singing.|
The Woody Woodbury Show (TV talk show 1968) Dancing and singing, two or three appearances.
Blondie (TV 1968-69) "Cookie" (Summary) (YouTube Intro)
Pamelyn and her friend Pam Stedwell, playing at the studio on the Partridge Family bus after shooting an episode of Blondie. Exclusive personal photo courtesy of Stedwell. Pamelyn says she got her "first kiss" from friend Danny Bonaduce when they were age eight.
(Another fan points out an inconsistency in this memory: Blondie was filmed at Universal Studios, while the Partridge Family was filmed at Columbia Studios. Another fan points out that the Partridge Family didn't begin until a year after Blondie was cancelled. Later, Pam Stedwell found a second picture of this bus and it says "Magic Bus" so perhaps it was a 60s prop at Universal.)
|Publicity shot for "Blondie"|
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Voice) (TV 1969) "Lucy Van Pelt" (Summary)
It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown (Voice) (TV 1969) "Lucy Van Pelt"
Images associated with her voice work for Lucy Van Pelt.
Other girls did the voice of Lucy, too, so that's not Pamelyn's voice in every Charlie Brown television special.
High Chapparal (TV 1969) "No Bugles, No Drums" and "For the Love of
Daughter of the Mind (TV 1969) (Summary)
|Curiosity Shop (TV 1970) (Summary)|
"For a year I was a vice president of the American Broadcasting Company, hoping to help the cause of children's television programming. With the help of the National Film Board of Canada, the Zagreb Studios, and many talented cartoonists such as Johnny Hart, Don Arioli of the National Film Board, and Hank Ketcham, Curiosity Shop was produced: a seventeen-unit one-hour program for Saturday morning. The program can be described in a kindly way as highly ordinary, it did establish in my porous but not always selective mind that short subjects and television specials were better arenas for talented cel washers and that seventeen anythings a year was beyond my powers. Perhaps, in the light of shows now disfiguring Saturday-morning television, beyond anyone's powers."
The Flying Nun (TV 1970) "Cousins By the Dozens"
Steve Allen's Hollywood Bowl (TV 1970)
|Mannix (TV 1970) "Fly Little One"|
Play It Again, Charlie Brown (Voice) (TV 1970) "Lucy
The Christine Jorgensen Story (Movie 1970) (Summary)
[Disney] Wonderful World of Color "Smoke" (Movie 1970) "Susie" (Summary)
From the TV Feature Film Source Book: "Drama of a stray German shepard dog who helps a young boy adjust to life with his new stepfather. Also starred Ron Howard, Earl Holiman, Jacqueline Scott, Andy Devine."
Image from "Smoke". Many more screen-grabs available from Dreamweaver's Child Starlets
|Barbie commercial. I think you'll also see this print ad for sale on eBay now and then.|
The Forgotten Man (TV movie with Dennis Weaver) about 1970 (Summary)
What's the Matter with Helen (TV Movie 1970) (Summary)
The Psychiatrist (TV 1971) "The Private World of Martin Dalton". Directed by Steven Spielberg. (Summary) This series didn't make much of a mark in history; there were only six episodes. Two episodes were directed by Spielberg. The other was "Par for the course".
Dr. Seuss: The Cat in the Hat (TV 1971) (Voice) "Sally".
Play It Again, Charlie Brown (Voice) (TV 1971) "Lucy Van Pelt"
The Odd Couple (TV 1971-73)
Pamelyn appeared in the first season "Bunny Is Missing Down By The Lake", episode 18. Later she had a recurring role as Edna, Felix Unger's daughter. (Summary)
From episode 37, "Surprise! Surprise!" aka "Edna's Birthday Party", Friday Dec. 13, 1971
From episode 45, "Good Bad Boy", Feb. 11, 1971
The above images were graciously contributed by Jim's TV Collectables. If you'd like your own 8x10s of these original ABC photo releases, please visit his site. Jim Benson is working on a book about Rod Serling's Night Gallery, and plans to interview Pam regarding her appearance in the "Brenda" episode in 1975.
Pam on the left, Doney on the right. And Doney today?
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV 1971) "A Portrait of Debbie"
|From a letter from Robert Young: "Dear Pam, Just saw a private screening of 'The Portrait of Debbie" and was thrilled with the excellence and depth of your performance. It was a sensitive and touching portrayal for which you can be properly proud. Was equally delighted with your debut in 'Curiosity Shop' and was surprised to find that among your many outstanding talents you also sing. With every best wish for all good things in your future."|
The Delphi Bureau (TV 1971) "Merchant of
The Mephisto Waltz (Movie 1971) "Abby Clarkson" (Summary)
|From "Mephisto Waltz": Pamelyn and a very 70s Alan Alda - but isn't he always?|
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Movie 1971) (Summary)
Charlie Brown Special (TV 1971) "You're in Love, Charlie Brown"
The Brady Bunch, (TV 'Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?,' episode 42, January 15, 1971) "Lucy"
|www.bradyworld.com supplied this image of Lucy Winters.|
The Beguiled (Movie 1971) "Amy" (Summary)
|Pamelyn in "The Beguiled."|
Charlie Brown Special (TV 1972) "Charlie Brown Goes To Camp"
The Roman Holidays (TV cartoon, 1973-, still shown on The Cartoon Network in the late 90s) (Voice) "Precocia"
Sealab 2020 (TV 1972-73) Hanna-Barbera animated series. Pam plays "Sallie", niece of
Captain Murphy. (Summary)
Image from Wingnut's Sealab 2020 page.
Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park (TV 1972) ABC Saturday Superstar Movie "Susie" - Not true!
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV 1973) "The Tall Tree"
The Paul Lynde Show (TV 1973-74) "Sally Simms" (Summary)
Doctor Kildaire (TV 1973) Appeared with Cloris Leachman.
Charlotte's Web (Movie Voice) (1973) "Fern Arable" (Summary)
Speaking of remakes, a new version of Charlotte's Web with human actors is due in 2006. Well, almost human! Dakota Fanning plays Fern.
There's plenty more at About.com.
Apple's Way (TV 1974) "The Flag"
Shazam! (TV 1974) "Thou Shall Not Kill"
|"A horse named Beckett that was set to be put to sleep according to the will of a favorite aunt after her death. Pamelyn Ferdin's character, Lynn, had bonded with the horse and was upset and tried to encourage her father, a sheriff, to rescind the execution. Meanwhile, the aunt's horse handler who was injured by Beckett which resulted in him having "a bum leg" would do anything to kill the horse.|
|The father/sheriff was caught in the middle, wanting to follow the law and please his daughter. After Lynn tried to help the horse to escape, it was trapped under a fallen tree pushed over by the evil horse handler with his jeep. Just when they were about to shoot the horse because they couldn't release him Captain Marvel shows up and lifts off the tree and then flies to the Judge 500 miles away to get a court order to rescind the execution." Description thanks to Shazam fan Wendolyn Johnson.|
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (TV Movie 1974)
These Are The Days (TV 1974-76) (Web site)
Lassie (TV 1971-73) "Lucy Baker" (Summary)
|Pamelyn at the time of "Lassie"|
Night Gallery (TV 1975) episode "Brenda", as "Frances Anne"
Love American Style (TV 1975) "Love + The Instant Father"
CHiPs (TV 1975) A fan said, "One of the guys saves her life, and she gets a crush on him."
Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, (TV 1975?)
Miles to Go Before I Sleep (TV 1975) (Summary)
"The Dating Game" appearance with Lassie (TV 197?)
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (TV 1976) Episode 2, "Puppy Love", as girl next door "Peggy" (Summary)
(Fan page) (Episode guide) (Links broken as of 2/99)
"The Streets of San Francisco" episode, (TV 1977) "Runaways" as "Chris Cavanaugh" (German summary)
Baretta (TV 1977) "The Runaway"
Space Academy (TV series 1977-79) (Summary)
|Photos of "Space Academy" television screen taken in the 70s by zealous teen fan (not me.)|
|It's now available on DVD!|
|From Virtual Vikki's Space Academy page.|
The Toolbox Murders (Movie 1978) "Laurie" (Summary) (Summary)
Vegas (TV 1978) 'Serve Volley And Kill', episode 12, appearance as kidnapped sister of a tennis player, "Katie" (Source)
Project UFO (TV 1978) "Sighting" (Summary)
240-Robert (TV 1979) Appearance as "Nikki". (Summary)
Heidi's Song (Movie 1982?) (Voice) (Summary)
A visitor to this page remembers a "Lassie" television reunion that may have taken place in 1985.
Pine Sol and Avis commercials.
|On December 23, 1995, she appeared briefly on CNN regarding "Why not to give a pet for Christmas", which includes a short audio clip.|
Detention! (TV 1999) Shelly Kelly (Voice)
|Here's Pamelyn's "Shelly Kelly" character from the Warner Bros. Television Animation "Detention" Saturday morning cartoon.|
"What has Pamelyn been doing?" and other FAQs
"What is she doing now?"
After leaving the acting business, Ferdin became a registered nurse. In that capacity, she met her husband, a surgeon, when they lived in Connecticut. Ferdin has always been involved in the cause of animal rights. She now lives in the Los Angeles area.
"Does she have any kids? I saw a girl in a commercial who looks just like
No, she doesn't have any children. On this issue, Pamelyn once said, "We have no children as I feel that until every child has a home (just like every companion animal), people should not breed!"
"Does she have a fan club?"
What, you want a 60s-style fan club, with an old guy in a dingy room in Hollywood signing and stuffing "autographed" pictures in response to endless bags of fan mail? Nah. No, not that I know of. Maybe this page is the closest thing to it. Check out her official web site. After all, our unofficial status makes us cool, no?
"How can I e-mail or write to Pamelyn?"
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org where she truly reads the e-mail at her official site.
"What's her birthday?"
She was born February 4, 1959, which makes her 48 in 2006, of course. Yes, some references list her as being born in 1960, but she says she wasn't.
A visitor points out this was the day after "the music died," the day a plane crash took the life of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens.
I made this page because I always wondered what happened to Pamelyn. It seems almost a given these days that anyone's web page has to reflect their own personal sentiments and aspirations. Here I take a journalistic view, striving for objectivity in the reported events. I don't necessarily agree with everything that I've learned that Pamelyn believes in, and that's OK.
The Pamelyn Ferdin Interview
The Seattle 'zine Feminist Baseball is published by a Pam fan named Jeffrey Smith, and in the summer of 1995, he published a transcript of a telephone interview with Pamelyn.
It's about 45K of HTML, but click here to read it. It includes a detailed summary and commentary on her film and television career.
Here's where I'll post the latest changes to this page, to save you from scanning it all. Click here for my wacky prose poem that started it all, on an unadvertised Web page that lured the unwary search engine seeker of Pam.
News Flash archives from 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000
4/2004 Pamelyn and husband appear on Penn and Teller's "Bullshit" debunking program on Showtime, on the opening episode talking about PETA. See the Showtime site for a video clip.
5/26/2006 Pamelyn and husband and her husband, Jerry Vlasak, each were convicted on misdemeanor counts of trespassing and targeted demonstration. A city ordinance prohibits a demonstration from occurring within 100 feet of a person's residence.
You can find a great deal of information via Google if you'd like to hear all sides of the issues.
9/12/2006 Pamelyn's voice is said to be part of an upcoming documentary film called "Your Mommy Kills Animals", following the case of the prosecution of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty web site. It has a Myspace page.
Organizations related to Pamelyn Ferdin's activism
Links to this page
Many search engine summaries and other movie databases now point here because of the definitive Ferdin info. Here are sites that mention us:
DeeT's 70s-Related Resources can't help but mention this page.
Dreamweaver's Child Starlets - with info about videos to rent, and tons o' pix. They claim that Pamelyn acted in the Saturday morning kid's show "Ark II", but even Pamelyn doesn't remember if she did that.
Send us fan e-mail for this page!
Several times a week I receive e-mail from people who've enjoyed this page. Yes, if you send me something, I might place it here, minus any private details. The fan mail section has gotten so large, I've split it into sections. Jump to fan mail page one, two, three or four. Some of these comments are a little wacky. Almost all are heart-felt. I encourage you to read them!
Things related to this page
I am shocked at what these people remember. Then again, I still have about two dozen unopened packets of original Pop Rocks, so what do I know?
Here's what I was doing in '68. The parties, the girls, the chocolate milk after recess.
You can get copies of many old television promotional pictures from Jim's TV Collectables.
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