Born Name: Pamela Anne King
Date of Birth: June 26, 1951
Birth Sign: Cancer
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Other Names: Pamela Bellwood-Wheeler
Spouse(s): Nik Wheeler (m. 1984)
Children: Kerry Wheeler (b. 1985)
Pamela Bellwood (born Pamela Anne King on June 26, 1951) is an American actress best known for her role as Claudia Blaisdel Carrington on the 1980s prime time soap opera, Dynasty.
Life and career
Born in New York City, Bellwood became interested in a career in acting when she portrayed Emily in Our Town. To that end, she trained in acting in both New York and London.
She studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. By 1972 she was on Broadway, taking over from Blythe Danner in Butterflies Are Free and appearing with Barbara Bel Geddes in Finishing Touches. Her performance in Butterflies Are Free earned her a Clarence Derwent Award in 1972.
Early on she was credited as Pamela Kingsley. In 1974, she appeared in an episode of Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers. Later in 1974, she appeared as Pamela Bellwood in an episode of Rhoda entitled "9-E is available".
Bellwood was an original cast member of Dynasty in January 1981, and was written out of the series early in the third season, in late 1982. She appeared once in March 1983 to help usher in Jack Coleman as a recast Steven Carrington, and later returned full-time in October 1983. Bellwood remained a key character for several seasons until leaving the series a final time in 1986 to become a full-time mother. Twenty years later in 2006, Bellwood appeared alongside her former Dynasty castmates in the non-fiction special Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar.
Bellwood posed for an eight-page pictorial in the April 1983 edition of Playboy magazine.
Bellwood also appeared in such films as Two-Minute Warning, Airport '77 and The Incredible Shrinking Woman, as well as a number of TV movies. She is currently married to photographer Nik Wheeler and continues to perform in film and on stage. She is now known and often credited as Pamela Bellwood-Wheeler.
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