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Pamela Britton (born Armilda Jane Owen) (March 19, 1923 – June 17, 1974)

Britton was best known for appearing as Lorelei Brown in the television series My Favorite Martian (1963–1966). She also starred in the film noir classic D.O.A. (1950). Britton's first role in a major production was as Frank Sinatra's girlfriend in Anchors Aweigh. Afterward, however, came a forgettable part in A Letter for Evie in 1946. She went on hiatus to play the comic role of "Meg Brockie" in the original 1947 Broadway production of Brigadoon on Broadway. She returned to the big screen opposite Clark Gable in Key to the City (1950), and then went on to make her most significant film appearance in the classic D.O.A., also in 1950. She made her third film of the year in the Red Skelton-starring Watch the Birdie (1951), but it was 19 years before she again returned to the big screen. During that period, she portrayed the title role of the TV version of the Chic Young newspaper comic strip Blondie for the one season it ran, opposite Arthur Lake as her husband, "Dagwood Bumstead." (Lake had played the role earlier in numerous movie comedies opposite Penny Singleton as Blondie.) She reprised her role in Brigadoon in 1954; appeared in Annie Get Your Gun at the Santa Barbara Bowl; and then returned to Broadway to replace an ailing Janis Paige in Guys and Dolls. In May 1974, while performing on tour with Don Knotts in The Mind with the Dirty Man, Britton began to have headaches. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor and succumbed within two weeks. Britton died at age 51, and is interred at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills.


   
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