Reed, Pamela 1949(?)–

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REED, Pamela 1949(?)–


Born April 2, 1949 (some sources cite 1953), in Tacoma, WA; daughter of Vernie Reed; married Sandy Smolan (a director), 1988; children: Reed, Lily. Education: University of Washington, Seattle (some sources cite Washington State University), B.A.


Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; (commercials) Karen Sellars, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.


Actress. Once operated a day care center; worked with children in Head Start programs; support worker for the Trans–Alaska pipeline; also a fund–raiser.

Awards, Honors:

Drama Desk Award, outstanding featured actress in a play, 1979, for Getting Out; Obie Award special citation, Village Voice, sustained excellence of performance, 1983–84; Annual CableACE Award, National Cable Television Association, best actress in a dramatic role, 1989, for Tanner '88; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, best supporting actress in a suspense movie, 2001, for Proof of Life.


Film Appearances:

Belle Starr/Belle Shirley, The Long Riders, United Artists, 1980.

Bonnie Dummar, Melvin and Howard, Universal, 1980.

Linda Mercer, Eyewitness (also known as The Janitor), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1981.

Nurse Norine Sprockett, Young Doctors in Love, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1982.

Trudy Cooper, The Right Stuff, Warner Bros., 1983.

Nancie "Shirley" Scot, The Goodbye People, Castle Hill/Embassy, 1984.

Gigi Hightower, The Best of Times, Universal, 1986.

Iza, The Clan of the Cave Bear, Warner Bros., 1986.

Mary Graving, Rachel River, Taurus Entertainment, 1989.

Detective Phoebe O'Hara, Kindergarten Cop, Universal, 1990.

Earlene, Chattahoochee, Hemdale, 1990.

Maude, Redlands, 1990.

Tina O'Brien, Cadillac Man, Orion, 1990.

News anchor Carol Cruise, Bob Roberts, Paramount, 1992.

Terry Scanlan Pinter, Passed Away, Buena Vista, 1992.

Angela, Junior, Universal, 1994.

Alison Langley, Bean (also known as Bean: The Movie and Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie), Gramercy Pictures, 1997.

Nancy Thomas, Santa Fe, Absolute Unequivocal Productions, 1997.

Judge Lambrey, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Warner Bros., 1998.

Janice, Standing on Fishes, MTI Home Video, 1999.

Janis Goodman (some sources cite Janis Bowman), Proof of Life, Warner Bros., 2000.

Evelyn, Glory Days, Warner Bros., 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Sandi Farrell, The Andros Targets, CBS, 1977.

T. J. Cavanaugh, Tanner '88 (series of specials; also known as Tanner: A Political Fable), HBO, 1988.

Janice Pasetti, Grand (also known as Grosse Pointe), NBC, 1990.

Denise Lerner, Family Album, CBS, 1993.

Judge Sydney J. Solomon, The Home Court (also known as Solomon's Mind), NBC, 1995–96.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mary Welsh, Hemingway, syndicated, 1988.

Voice, The Civil War (also known as The American Civil War), PBS, 1990.

Voice, The West, PBS, 1996.

T. J. Cavanaugh, Tanner on Tanner, Sundance Channel, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sunny, Inmates: A Love Story, ABC, 1981.

Edie Bannister, I Want to Live, ABC, 1983.

Valerie Driscoll, Heart of Steel, ABC, 1983.

Helen Grant, Scandal Sheet (also known as The Devil's Bed), ABC, 1985.

Grace Carmichael, "Caroline?" (also known as "Father's Arcane Daughter"), Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1990.

Dee Johnson, Woman with a Past, NBC, 1992.

Elizabeth Mehren, Born Too Soon, NBC, 1993.

Carol Acton, Deadly Whispers, CBS, 1995.

Wanda Gilmore, The Man Next Door, ABC, 1995.

Arlene Dickens, Critical Choices, Showtime, 1996.

Holly Parker, Carriers (also known as Virus X—Die toedliche Falle), CBS, 1998.

Sister Grady Hopkins, Book of Days, PAX TV, 2003.

Esther Shapiro, Dynasty: Behind the Scenes, ABC, 2004.

Fran Hinkel, Now You See It, Now You Don't, The Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Helena, All's Well That Ends Well, 1978.

Until She Talks, PBS, 1983.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1990.

2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Norma Heisler, "Romancing the Drone," L.A. Law, NBC, 1988.

Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1990.

Voice of Ruth Powers, "New Kid on the Block," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1992.

Voice of Ruth Powers, "Marge on the Lam," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1993.

Voice of projectionist, "Miserable," The Critic (animated), ABC, 1994.

Sarah, "Shock and Awe," Judging Amy, CBS, 2003.

Voice of Ruth Powers, "Strong Arms of the Ma," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2003.

Also appeared in JAG, CBS.

Television Appearances; Other:

Laurie, Buford's Got a Gun (short film), 1995.

Stage Appearances:

Merry Sue Tinglehoff, Getting through the Night, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Emma, Curse of the Starving Class, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Helena, All's Well That Ends Well, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Kathleen, The November People, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Arlie, Getting Out, Phoenix Theatre, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1978, then Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1979–80.

Luna, Seduced, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Christine, Sorrows of Stephen, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1979–80.

Sophia Zubritsky, Fools, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Catherine, Standing on My Knees, Manhattan Theatre Club, Stage 73, New York City, 1982.

Billy Marie, Criminal Minds, Production Company, Theatre Guinevere, New York City, 1984.

Boy, Angela, Deb, and Mrs. Finch, Fen, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, 1984.

Aunt Dan, Aunt Dan and Lemon, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1985–86.

Vivie Warren, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Roundabout Theatre Company, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1985, then Haft Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Title role, Elektra, Classic Stage Company, New York City, 1987, then London, 1988.

Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Also appeared in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (musical).



Herself, Realizing "The Right Stuff," Warner Home Video, 2003.

Trudy Cooper, T–20 Years and Counting, Warner Home Video, 2003.



Celebrity Sleuth, Volume 4, issue 9, pp. 52–53.

Premiere, February, 1991, p. 64.