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Broadway and Soap Star Pamela Blair Dead at 73


The Broadway and daytime communities are mourning the loss of actress Pamela Blair, who died on July 23 at the age of 73. Deadline reports that she passed away at her home in Phoenix, AZ, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Bennington, VT, Blair moved to New York City to attend the National Academy of Ballet and studied acting at HB Studio. After early roles in Promises, Promises, Of Mice and Men, and Sugar, she went on to star as Val in the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line

In addition to her extensive career on Broadway, Blair also appeared in numerous soap operas. She played Elizabeth Ryan on RYAN’S HOPE, Rita Mae Bristow on LOVING, Mrs. Goodman and Maida Andrews on ALL MY CHILDREN, and Bonnie Broderick on ANOTHER WORLD. She earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series in 1987 for her work on AMC.

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Blair starred on Loving in the ’80s with Perry Stephens (Jack) and Tom Ligon (Billy).ABC Photo Archives

The talented performer could also be seen in movies like Annie, Svengali, Mighty Aphrodite, The Last Dance, and 21 Grams as well as in primetime series like THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD, THE COSBY SHOW, LAW & ORDER, and SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH.

Our thoughts are with Blair’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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