“Garry hands me this tape,” Pam said. “And I sat there watching that 'Happy Days' tape [of Williams playing Mork], laughing out loud. I said, 'Where do I sign up?'”
Pam didn't even meet Williams until they shot publicity photos for the show. Williams spoke to her in a thick Russian accent, prompting her to ask a crew member, in all seriousness, if he was Russian.
Born in Detroit, Pam became an automobile-show model as a teen-ager. She progressed to fashion shoots for Detroit department stores and dropped out of community college to become a full time model.
When a girlfriend moved to New York to model, 21-year-old Pam went along, and on her first day she was hired by the famous Wilhelmina modeling agency. She appeared in magazine ads and TV commercials, and she used her modeling money to take acting and voice classes.
Pam's impressive work in a stage production of the musical comedy “Sweet Adeline” in Connecticut earned her several movie auditions,
She auditioned for a role in Warren Beatty's “Heaven Can Wait,” and although she didn't get the part, she later said that Beatty gave her great advice to advance her acting career.
She earned a role in Robert Altman's “A Wedding,” in 1978, and ABC was so impressed the network signed her to an exclusive contract.