Pamela Susan Shoop

Pamela Susan Shoop (born June 7, 1948) is an American character actress in films and on television. She often appeared on television series created by Glen A. Larson.

Pamela Susan Shoop
Born (1948-06-07) June 7, 1948
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActress, author
Years active1969–1996; 2006
Known forHalloween II
TelevisionReturn to Peyton Place
Terrance A. Sweeney (m. 1987)
Parent(s)Clarence A. Shoop
Julie Bishop

Early years

Shoop is the daughter of actress Julie Bishop[1] and test pilot Clarence A. Shoop (who was an executive at Hughes Aircraft Company and commander of the California Air National Guard).[2] As a Major General in World War II, he flew the first photographic reconnaissance mission over Omaha Beach on D-Day.[1]

She studied acting at University of Southern California and at Villa Mercede in Florence, Italy.[1]


Shoop had her first stage role as the only female in a production of Generation. Her screen debut came in the short film Frog Story.[1]

Shoop's best known film role was in the horror film Halloween II (1981) as Nurse Karen Bailey.

On television, Shoop starred on NBC's Return to Peyton Place as Alison MacKenzie Tate #2 from 1973-1974,[1] taking over the role from Katherine Glass, and she had the role of Miss Dorothy Carlyle on Galactica 1980.[3] She appeared in the pilot episode of Knight Rider[1] ("Knight of the Phoenix") and later on in the season four premiere ("Knight of the Juggernaut"). She also appeared in the pilot episode of Magnum, P.I.

Other guest appearances include The Mod Squad, B. J. and the Bear, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Simon & Simon, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk and Murder, She Wrote. Shoop's last credited appearance was a 1996 episode of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, but she continues to attend conventions associated with films in which she appeared. She appeared in the 2006 DVD release Halloween: 25 Years of Terror.

Personal life

On November 15, 1987,[4] Shoop married Terrance Sweeney, a former Jesuit priest,[5] in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.[4] Together, they wrote What God Hath Joined[1] (ISBN 034538203X).

Shoop works with charitable groups, including Good Tidings, the National Charity League, and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Changes Student Hippie Sculptress (voice, uncredited)
1972 Frog Story (Short) Frog girl
1977 Empire of the Ants Coreen Bradford (as Pamela Shoop)
1978 The One Man Jury Wendy Sommerset (as Pamela Shoop)
1981 Halloween II Nurse Karen Bailey
2006 Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (Video Documentary) Herself
2013 The Night She Came Home!! (Video Documentary) Herself


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Interns (TV Series) Janet Keller Episode: "Mondays Can Be Fatal" (1.10)
1972 Night Gallery (TV Series) Mrs. Foster Episode: "The Sins of the Fathers/You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore" (as Pamela Shoop)
1972 The F.B.I. (TV Series) Muriel Davis Episode: "The Corruptor" (7.23)
1972 The Rookies (TV Series) Patty Lewis Episode: "The Bear That Didn't Get Up" (1.7) (as Pamela Shoop)
1972 Mannix (TV Series) Jan Lachlan Episode: "To Kill a Memory" (6.7) (as Pamela Shoop)
1972 The Mod Squad (TV Series) Carol Bridgewater Episode: "Crime Club" (5.11) (as Pamela Shoop)
1973-1974 Return to Peyton Place (TV Series) Alison MacKenzie Tate #2
1976 Switch (TV Series) Sue Zirk Episode: "Before the Holocaust" (1.19) (as Pamela Shoop)
1976 Gemini Man (TV Miniseries) Barby Episode: "Sam Casey, Sam Casey" (1.3)
1976 Emergency! (TV Series) Marcia Emerson Episode: "That Time of Year" (6.4) (as Pamela Shoop)
1976 Wonder Woman (TV Series) Magda Episode: "The Feminum Mystique: Part 1" (1.5) (as Pamela Shoop)
1976 Wonder Woman (TV Series) Magda Episode: "The Feminum Mystique: Part 2" (1.6) (as Pamela Shoop)
1977 Keeper of the Wild (TV Series) Holly James Episode: (1.1)
1977 Code R (TV Series) Debbie Payton Episode: "Beauty and the Beach" (1.10)
1977 79 Park Avenue (TV Miniseries) Angie Harding
1978 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series) Carol Abrams Episode: "Terror in Times Square" (1.6) (as Pamela Shoop)
1978 Kaz (TV Series) Laura Colcourt Episode: "A Fine Romance" (1.9)
1979 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series) IFB Interviewer Episode: "The Man With Nine Lives" (1.15)
1979 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (TV Movie) Betty Denton
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series) Tangie Episode: "Vegas in Space" (1.3)
1979 Vega$ (TV Series) Maryann Silverton Episode: "Runaway" (2.4)
1979 B. J. and the Bear (TV Series) Alison Spencer Episode: "Silent Night, Unholy Night" (2.12)
1979 CHiPs ( TV Series) Alice Piermont Episode: "Christmas Watch" (3.15)
1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series) Tangie Episode: "A Blast for Buck" (1.14) (uncredited) (archive footage)
1980 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series) Jennifer Fair Episode: "School for Assassins" (12.12)
1980 Vega$ (TV Series) Maryann Silverton Episode: "The Private Eye Connection" (2.11)
1980 Galactica 1980 (TV Series) Dorothy Carlyle Episode: "Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 1" (1.1)
1980 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series) Alice Cook Episode: "Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii" (1.1)
1980 B. J. and the Bear (TV Series) Dolly Reed Episode: "The Fast and the Furious: Part 1" (3.3)
1980 B. J. and the Bear (TV Series) Dolly Reed Episode: "The Fast and the Furious: Part 2" (3.4)
1981 Fitz and Bones (TV Series) Episode: "To Kill a Ghost" (1.3)
1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series) Mira Dutton Episode: "Lillian Russell/The Lagoon" (5.8)
1981 CHiPs (TV Series) Chickee Episode: "Mitchell & Woods" (5.12)
1981 The Fall Guy (TV Series) Rhonda Starr Episode: "The Meek Shall Inherit Rhonda" (1.2) (as Pamela Shoop)
1982 Knight Rider (TV Series) Maggie Episode: "Knight of the Phoenix" (1.1)
1982 The Fall Guy (TV Series) Marnie Greer Episode: "Bail and Bond" (2.1)
1982 T. J. Hooker (TV Series) Sheila Benson Episode: "A Cry for Help" (2.9)
1983 Fame (TV Series) Nancy Episode: "Relationships" (2.13)
1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series) Sister Teresa / Brigid Harrington Episode "Force of Habit" (1.16)
1983 The Rousters (TV Movie) Trish Callahan
1983 The Rousters (TV Series) Trish Callahan Episode: "The Rousters" (1.1)
1984 Masquerade (TV Series) Episode: "Oil" (1.7) (as Pamela Shoop)
1984 Whiz Kids (TV Series) Marcie Episode: "The Sufi Project" (1.15)
1985 I Had Three Wives (TV Series) Vicki Episode: "Bedtime Stories" (1.3)
1985 Knight Rider (TV Series) Marta Simmons Episode: "Knight of the Juggernaut" (4.1)
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Carla Quite Episode: "Fast Food for Thought" (3.12)
1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) Katie McCallum Episode: "Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1" (3.1)
1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) Katie McCallum Episode: "Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2" (3.2)
1987 The Law and Harry McGraw (TV Series) Episode: "Mr. Chapman, I Presume?" (1.3)
1987 Simon & Simon (TV Series) Jenny Burgess Episode: "Deep Water Death" (6.13)
1988 The Highway (TV Series) Dr. Chadway Episode: "Send in the Clones" (1.5)
1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series) Beth Eastwick Episode: "Beauty and Deceased" (8.1)
1991 Dragnet (TV Series) Sue Cunningham Episode: "Armored Truck 211s" (1.20)
1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) Dorothy Porter Episode: "Badge of Honor" (8.21)
1992 Dangerous Curves (TV Series) Stella Episode: "Old Acquaintance" (2.5)
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series) Dr. Jennifer Harmon Episode: "Dark Vision" (4.1)


Year Author Book Publisher Notes
April 13, 1993 Pamela Susan Shoop (as Pamela Shoop Sweeney)

Terrance Sweeney (as Terrance A. Sweeney)

What God Hath Joined: the Real Life Love Story that Shook the Catholic Church Ballantine Books Hardcover / Paperback


  1. Collum, Jason Paul (2004). Assault of the Killer B's: Interviews with 20 Cult Film Actresses. McFarland. pp. 121–132. ISBN 9780786418183. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. "Beauty is back". The Christian Science Monitor. February 26, 1979. p. B12. His fans will do a double take when Julie Bishop Bergin joins look-alike redhead daughter, actress Pamela Susan Shoop
  3. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 375–376. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. "Emmy-winning Catholic priest, actress are married". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. November 17, 1987. p. 2. Retrieved June 30, 2017 via
  5. "Emmy Award-Winning Priest Weds Actress Who Was His Parishioner". Los Angeles Times. November 16, 1987. pp. Metro, 2. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
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