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'''Pamela Franklin''' is a retired British actress who was active from the 1960s until the early 80s. During her relatively short but sweet career, she racked up an impressive list of credits. Many of them are among the most acclaimed British films of the time, or else {{Cult Classic}}s.

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'''Pamela Franklin''' (born February 3, 1950 in Yokohama, Japan) is a retired British actress who was active from the 1960s until the early 80s. During her relatively short but sweet career, she racked up an impressive list of credits. Many of them are among the most acclaimed British films of the time, or else {{Cult Classic}}s.

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'''Pamela Franklin''' is a retired British actress who was active from the 1960s until the early 80s. During her relatively short but sweet career, she racked up an impressive list of credits. Many of them are among the most acclaimed British films of the time, or else {{Cult Classic}}s.

She debuted as a child actress in ''Film/TheInnocents'', alongside veteran actress Creator/DeborahKerr, playing CreepyChild extraordinaire. Her unsettling performance of a Victorian girl who's either being possessed by a ghost or traumatised by the death of her governess instantly won her lots of attention - and a notable part in ''The Lion'' alongside Creator/WilliamHolden and Trevor Howard. She also made a couple of television films for Disney at this time. As her teens progressed, she got the chance to act alongside top talent like Creator/BetteDavis (in ''The Nanny''), Creator/DirkBogarde (in ''Our Mother's House'') and Creator/MarlonBrando (in ''The Night of the Following Day'').

At the end of the 60s came the role for perhaps she is best remembered - Sandy, the WiseBeyondHerYears student in ''Film/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie'', who discovers that her CoolTeacher is ruining the lives of her charges. This put her alongside another top tier talent (Creator/MaggieSmith as the titular Jean Brodie). In this time, she also made appearances on American television shows such as ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''{{Series/Bonanza}}''. She soon graduated towards roles in horror films, starring in ''Literature/HellHouse'', ''And Soon the Darkness'', ''Necromancy'' and ''Satan's School for Girls''. Her final film appearance was in the ExploitationMovie ''The Food of the Gods'', though she made appearances on television until 1981.

She retired from acting at the tender age of thirty-one to focus on raising a family. These days she owns a bookstore in Los Angeles that specialises in rare first editions.

!!Selected Filmography:

* ''Film/TheInnocents'' (1961) - Flora
* ''The Lion'' (1962) - Tina
* ''Series/TheMagicalWorldOfDisney'' (1963)
** "The Horse Without a Head" - Marian
* ''The Nanny'' (1965) - Bobbie Medman
* ''Quick Before They Catch Us'' (1966) - Kate
* ''Our Mother's House'' (1967) - Diana
* ''The Night of the Following Day'' (1968) - Girl
* ''Literature/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie'' (1969) - Sandy
* ''And Soon the Darkness'' (1971) - Jane
* ''The Legend of Literature/HellHouse'' (1973) - Florence Tanner

!!Tropes associated with her work:

* ActingInTheDark:[[invoked]] She was only given the script page of ''Film/TheInnocents'' the day before her scenes were to be filmed - as Jack Clayton wanted to hide the darkness of the story from her and Martin Stephens. She has said she didn't understand the full context of the film until she was sixteen.
* ContractualPurity:[[invoked]] Despite some Disney appearances in her early days, she leaned more towards darker roles even as a child actress.
* DawsonCasting:[[invoked]]
** She tended to play younger than her actual age. For example, she was eleven in ''Film/TheInnocents'' but Flora is only eight.
** Justified in ''Literature/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie''. She was nineteen but plays Sandy across several years, ending when she's about to graduate.
* FakeAmerican:[[invoked]] In a lot of her television roles in the US.
* FakeScot:[[invoked]] In ''Literature/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie'' (though Sandy is in the book said to be half-English and there is mention of her "English vowels").
* FormerChildStar: While she still worked regularly in her adult days, she appeared in more critically acclaimed films as a child and teen actress. As an adult, it was more television appearances and {{Made For TV Movie}}s.
* MsFanservice: While she had the talent to be significantly ''more'' than that, she wasn't shy about appearing nude in the films ''The Night of the Following Day'', ''Literature/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie'' and ''Necromancy''. She had ToplessnessFromTheBack in ''Literature/HellHouse'' but in that context, it's FanDisservice.
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals:[[invoked]] In her second film ''The Lion'', she helped avert both cases ([[CaptainObvious she was the child]]) by bonding with the on-set lion Kampa. She even wrestled the lion on camera!
* ProductionPosse: She was directed by Jack Clayton in ''Film/TheInnocents'', ''The Lion'' and ''Our Mother's House''. Both ''The Innocents'' and ''Our Mother's House'' are considered part of his 'occult trilogy'.
* ReclusiveArtist:[[invoked]] She rarely gave interviews after her retirement, so it was a surprise to see her being featured on a 2006 documentary about ''Film/TheInnocents''.
* RomanceOnTheSet:[[invoked]] She and Harvey Jason met while making ''Necromancy'' and married shortly after.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:[[invoked]]
** The role of Jenny on ''Series/DoctorWho'' was intended for her, but was played by Ann Davies.
** There was a sex scene planned between her and Marlon Brando in ''The Night of the Following Day'', but he refused to film it.

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