Born 1953 in Westport, Connecticut, American actress Pamela Sue Martin began modeling at 17 and appeared in The Poseidon Adventure in 1972, at age 19. More films followed, including Our Time and Buster and Billie. Later, her work as ABC-TV’s Nancy Drew made her something of a teen idol.
Martin is best known for her portrayal of teenage detective Nancy Drew on the television series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and portrayed feisty and spoiled heiress Fallon Carrington Colby on the ABC nighttime soap opera Dynasty from its debut in 1981 through the end of the fourth season in 1984. After Martin left (of her own accord), the character was initially portrayed as “missing and presumed dead”. The series recast the role with actress Emma Samms at the end of the fifth season in 1985.
Martin also appeared in a cover pictorial in the July 1978 issue of Playboy magazine, with the headline “TV’s Nancy Drew Undraped”. In the magazine, she cited the merger of the two shows as her reason for quitting the series.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of Pamela Sue Martin in the 1970s.