Pamela Green (Phyllis Pamela Green)

Pamela Green

Pamela Green born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England on 28 March 1929, Green attended Saint Martin’s School of Art; she started figure modelling to pay for her art school studies and moved on to photographic modelling because it paid more. She also worked as a dancer and appeared in the Latin Quarter at The London Casino (aka Prince Edward Theatre) and Bernard Delfont’s Folies Bergère at the Hippodrome, London. Early in her career, while still at art college, Pamela Green was photographed by Bill Brandt, Zoltán Glass and Angus McBean. In 1954 Pamela Green started to supply the bookshops and newsagents of London’s Soho with her own postcard sets of glamour photographs, to supplement her work as a photographer’s model. In 1955 Luxor Press published a pictorial monograph on Green featuring the photographs of George Harrison Marks, entitled Pamela. Her rising profile prompted her to set up Kamera Publications Ltd with Marks. With Green as Managing Director, they produced several magazines, with Kamera being the most successful. It was the first glamour magazine of any note in the UK, and heralded the top-shelf magazine industry in the country. As their success grew they ventured into 8mm cine film production, which was the format commonly used for home viewing. Her first film appearance was in Michael Powell’s psychological thriller Peeping Tom (1960) Green appeared in the nudist film Naked as Nature Intended (1961), released in the United States as As Nature Intended, written and directed by Marks. She appeared in other sex and nude films produced by Kamera.

In 1961, Pamela Green’s personal relationship with Marks ended, but they continued their business relationship. By the mid-’60s Harrison Marks was increasingly preoccupied by film making. Kamera ceased publication in 1968. He always acknowledged his debt to Pamela Green and said in his biography The Naked Truth, “Pam set me up. She started it all.” In 1964 she appeared in an episode of This Week. Green continued to model for her then partner the photographer Douglas Webb. She became Webb’s camera stills assistant and worked for the major film companies in London. In 1951, Green married stagehand Guy Hillier. The marriage lasted only a month. From 1953 to 1961 she lived with George Harrison Marks and took his name. Her third partner was the photographer Douglas Webb, a former war hero of the Dambusters raid, with whom Green lived with until his death in December 1996. At first they lived in a Victorian villa on the Isle of Wight and in 1993 they moved to Yarmouth, where Green was a member of the Yarmouth Women’s Institute. Pamela Green died from leukaemia, aged 81, on the Isle of Wight on 7 May 2010.

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Born

  • March, 28, 1929
  • United Kingdom
  • Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England

Died

  • May, 07, 2010
  • United Kingdom
  • Isle of Wight, England

Cause of Death

  • leukemia

Other

  • Cremated

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