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Pamela Danova

Actress, studio executive

Pamela Danova, a longtime actress, drama coach and former studio executive, died Sept. 24 of complications from emphysema in Mijas, Spain. She was 80.

She began her career as an actress in 1946 as Pamela Matthews when put under contract by J. Arthur Rank. Her first feature was “School for Secrets” starring Peter Ustinov.

She moved to Rome in 1950 and worked as a dialogue coach for Sophia Loren, Gina Lollabrigida, Anna Magnani and others. In 1958 she was the dialogue coach for the feature “The Buccaneers” and also appeared in the film. She further worked as an actress in the TV show “Five Fingers” in 1959.

During the 1960s, she served as director of new talent at 20th Century Fox and in 1965 as the dialogue coach on “The Sound of Music.”

She was married and later divorced from actor Cesare Danova. She is survived by two sons, a sister and a brother.

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