Known as Mindy to legions of fans in the late '70s when "Mork & Mindy" was on the air (and perhaps more since, as the show has only gained in stature since being pulled in 1982), to her friends and family she's Pam Dawber.
But for a while in the mid-'80s she was known as Sam from another eponymous show, "My Sister Sam." The sitcom, which ran from 1986 to 1988, followed Dawber's Samantha Russell, a San Francisco-based photographer whose life is upended when her teenaged sister moves in with her.
Aside from that, she's kept busy on the made-for-TV-movie circuit. She has 19 of those under her belt, the most recent of which being the 1999 thriller "Don't Look Behind You," opposite fellow telefilm regular Patrick Duffy.
She dabbled a little in big-screen work as well, most notably in the 1992 fantasy comedy "Stay Tuned," about a couple sucked into their television, trapped in twisted, hellish versions of their favorite TV shows. This one, which has found a weird sort of cult status in the years since its release, gave both Dawber and her co-star, John Ritter, the chance to poke fun at their fame, as they got to play parodies of their fame-making characters -- Dawber's Mindy and Ritter's "Three's Company" character, Jack Tripper.
Dawber's most recent film endeavor also came in 1999, with the war-themed tear-jerker "I'll Remember April." She starred opposite her husband since 1987, Mark Harmon.
It seems she retired in 1999, possibly to spend more time with their two sons.
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