Class of 1970
Pam Dawber (born October 18, 1951) is an American actress, best known for her title roles as Mindy McConnell in the 1978â€“82 sitcom Mork & Mindy and as Samantha Russell in My Sister Sam (1986â€“88). Dawber has a four-octave soprano voice.
Dawber attended North Farmington High School and Oakland Community College. She began her career as a fashion model with Wilhelmina Models and went on to a career as an actress. From 1978 to 1982, she played one of the title roles in the ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy: Mindy McConnell, the comedic foil and eventual love interest for the extraterrestrial Mork from the planet "Ork", played by Robin Williams. The show was extremely popular in its debut season, when it averaged at #3 in the Nielsen Ratings for the year.
Dawber got to use her four-octave soprano voice in a 1980s Los Angeles Civic Light Opera production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, based on the Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival production. Her role, as Mabel, had been played by Linda Ronstadt in the New York run of the show.
From 1986 to 1988, Dawber again had the title role in a TV series, playing Samantha Russell in the CBS sitcom My Sister Sam, co-starring Rebecca Schaeffer.
In 1989, Dawber was devistated by the death of Rebecca Shaeffer. Shaeffer was shot to death by an obsessed fan in front of her apartment.
Dawber parodied her Mork & Mindy character in the 1992 movie Stay Tuned, in which she co-starred with John Ritter, who parodied his Three's Company role.
Dawber is a national spokeswoman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
She has been married to actor Mark Harmon since March 21, 1987. The couple appeared together in the film I'll Remember April, and have two sons: Sean Thomas Harmon (born April 25th, 1988) and Tyrone Christian Harmon (born June 25th, 1992).
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