Pamela Tiffin

Pamela Tiffin Wonso (born October 13, 1942), better known as Pamela Tiffin, is a retired American film actress.

Pamela Tiffin
Tiffin in 1965
Pamela Tiffin Wonso

(1942-10-13) October 13, 1942
Years active1960–1986
Spouse(s)Edmondo Danon (1974-present)
Clay Felker (1962-1969)


Early life

Tiffin was born in Oklahoma City of Russian and British ancestry,[1] but grew up in Chicago, where she achieved success as a teen model. She attended Hunter College and appeared in a short Music of Williamsburg (1960).[2]

Hollywood career

Tiffin was holidaying in Hollywood when she visited the Paramount lot. She was spotted by producer Hal Wallis who had her screen tested. This led to her being cast in a film version of the play Summer and Smoke (1961) by playwright Tennessee Williams.[3]

Tiffin then played the daughter of screen legend James Cagney's boss in the comedy One, Two, Three (1961), directed by Billy Wilder who called her "the biggest find since Audrey Hepburn".[4] She won a Golden Globe nomination for this film as well as for Summer and Smoke.[5]

20th Century Fox gave her the leading role in the musical State Fair (1962), a remake of an earlier film, where she was romanced by Bobby Darin and directed by Jose Ferrer.[6] She was one of the three leads in MGM's comedy Come Fly with Me (1963).

Tiffin studied at Columbia and continued to model. She guest starred on The Fugitive and filmed a pilot for Fox, Three in Manhattan, that was not picked up.[7][4]

Tiffin made two films with James Darren, both aimed at teen audiences: For Those Who Think Young (1964) and The Lively Set (1964).[8] Fox put her in another remake, The Pleasure Seekers (1964), a new version of Three Coins in the Fountain.

She co-starred with Burt Lancaster in the 1965 western The Hallelujah Trail and went to Italy where she appeared in a segment of Kiss the Other Sheik (1965) with Marcello Mastroianni. She returned to make the private-detective film Harper (1966) with Paul Newman. She then performed in Dinner at Eight on Broadway.[9]


In 1967 Tiffin decided to move to Italy "to find out what I want".[2] She appeared in The Almost Perfect Crime (1966) with Philippe Leroy; The Protagonists (1968); Torture Me But Kill Me with Kisses (1968), a hugely popular comedy; and The Archangel (1969) with Vittorio Gassman.[10][2]

The February 1969 issue of Playboy did a photo feature titled "A Toast to Tiffin".

She made her first American film in two years when she played a liberal college student and the love interest to Peter Ustinov in the comedy Viva Max! (1969). She performed Uncle Vanya on stage and was in an episode of The Survivors.[2]

Tiffin returned to Italy to appear in Cose di Cosa Nostra (1971), No One Will Notice You're Naked (1971), Evil Fingers (1971), E se per caso una mattina... (1972), Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973), Kill Me, My Love! (1973) with Farley Granger, La signora è stata violentata (1973), and Brigitte, Laura, Ursula, Monica, Raquel, Litz, Florinda, Barbara, Claudia, e Sofia le chiamo tutte... anima mia (1974). She returned to Hollywood briefly to appear in the TV movie The Last of the Powerseekers (1971).

She appeared as herself in a 2003 documentary, Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty, opposite her daughter Echo Danon.

Personal life

Pamela Tiffin has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Clay Felker, the late American magazine editor, whom she married in 1962 and divorced in 1969.[11] Her second marriage is to Edmondo Danon, a philosopher, who is a son of the Italian movie producer Marcello Danon. They married in 1974 and have two daughters, Echo and Aurora.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title of work Result
1962 Golden Globe Most Promising Female Newcomer Summer and Smoke Nominated
1962 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress One, Two, Three Nominated
1962 Laurel Award Top Female New Personality Nominated
1967 Theatre World Award Dinner at Eight Won


  1. Pamela Tiffin Wonso
  2. Pamela Tiffin---American Sex Queen in Exile ABA, MARIKA. Los Angeles Times 6 July 1969: l15.
  3. Entertainment: Pamela Tiffin New Film Cinderella 18-Year-Old Model in Third Picture, Sought for More Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 18 July 1961: C6.
  4. UNDER HEDDA'S HAT: Pamela Tiffin, a onetime teen model from Chicago, after scoring a success thru films in Hollywood, is working on a television series about Manhattan. When you're pushing 22, what's left? Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Tribune 9 Feb 1964: h12.
  5. Tiffin Is Movies' New Cup of Tea Los Angeles Times 14 Jan 1962: B4.
  6. JOSE FERRER ENDS LONG FILM FAMINE: Actor-Director in deal With Fox, Explains 4-Year Lapse By MURRAY SCHUMACH New York Times July 18, 1961: 33.
  7. Ex-Tribunite, Too: Pamela Tiffin a Busy Actress, Model, Student and Housewife Pauley, Gay. Chicago Tribune 19 Dec 1963: f1.
  8. Scheuer, P. K. (1963, Mar 07). Kubrick's sellers takes four parts. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  9. THE ALVIN TO GET 'DINNER AT EIGHT' New York Times 21 July 1966: 20.
  10. Masolino D'Amico (2008). La commedia all'italiana. l Saggiatore, 2008. ISBN 978-88-565-0026-4.
  11. Pamela Tiffin, Actress, Is Wed to Clay Felker New York Times 7 Oct 1962: 90.

Further reading

Lisanti, Tom (2015). Pamela Tiffin: Hollywood to Rome, 1961-1974. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780786496617.

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