|Born||December 18, 1953|
Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
Melanie Kinnaman (born December 18, 1953)is an American dancer, film and stage actress. She is best known for her role as Pam in the 1985 horror film Friday the 13th: A New Beginning . She later co-starred with Eric Roberts in Best of the Best .
Kinnaman has also made guest appearances on television in programs such as Hill Street Blues , The People Next Door and Cheers . She is still acting and working on projects for stage, television and film.
Kinnaman was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where she attended Holyoke High School, and later, the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton.
After graduating from high school, Kinnaman relocated to New York City where she appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, attempted to obtain roles in soap operasas well as appearing in commercials. She relocated to Los Angeles in 1982, and eight months later appeared in a thirteen-week run of General Hospital .
In 1984, Kinnaman was cast as a drug-addicted prostitute in Cannon Films's Thunder Alley (1985).She was subsequently cast as the lead heroine, Pam, in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning . She was originally going to reprise her role as Pam (who evidently survived in the previous film) in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives , but Paramount Pictures changed the concept of the sequel and the character was written out.
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|1978||Saturday Night Live||Cheryl Ladd||1 episode|
|1982||General Hospital||Maria||Daytime serial|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Tanya||Episode: "Stan the Man"|
|1985||Friday the 13th: A New Beginning||Pam Roberts||Feature film|
|1985||Thunder Alley||Star||Feature film|
|1989||The People Next Door||Bridesmaid||Episode: "I Do, I Do"|
|1989||Best of the Best||Woman||Feature film|
|1989||Cheers||Tanya||Episode: "For Real Men Only"|
|1990||Cop Rock||1 episode|
|2014||Slasher Fest '85||Jamie Saxon||Short film|
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