Pamela Stephenson

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Pamela Stephenson

Born

12/4/1949, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

Birth Name

Pamela Stephenson

Gender

Female

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Pamela Stephenson
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Pamela was born in 1949 in Takapuna, Auckland, and has one sister, who is an opera singer, currently based in Switzerland. Both her parents were University professors. She attended the University of New South Wales, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (graduating in 1971) and studied Clinical Psychology…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 1987, Pamela collaborated with Mark Lepine and Mike Leigh on a book and board game, How to Be a Complete B*tch.

    • In 2007, Pamela published a self-help book: Head Case: Treat yourself to better mental health.

    • In 2004, she recreated Robert Louis Stevenson's route sailing in the South Pacific.

    • Pamela and her husband, Billy Connolly, own a Scottish Estate, Candacraig Estate, and regularly invite their celebrity friends to attend the Lonach Gathering in Strathdon.

    • Pamela has a series on More4 in the UK called Shrink Rap, where she speaks to celebrity guests in her role as a qualified psychologist. Guests include: Salman Rushdie, Robin Williams, and Gene Simmons. Her interview for the show with actor, Chris Langham caused controversy. Chris was found guilty of downloading indecent images of children from the Internet.

    • Pamela wrote an acclaimed biography of her husband Billy Connolly (Billy), and won several awards: 2002 WH Smith Award for Biography/Autobiography and The Book of the Year Award. It was also the best-selling book of 2002. She followed it up with Bravemouth: Living with Billy Connolly in 2003.

    • Pamela gained a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Graduate Institute in 1996.

  • Quotes

    • Pamela: Love is an obsession. It has that quality to it. But there are healthy obsessions and mine is one of them.

    • (on motherhood)
      Pamela: It's almost pathology to strive to be a perfect parent, but we just have to be good enough. You have to support your children, you have to let them know that they're loved, protect them in important ways. You have to give them room to grow and help them make their own decisions. Thank God I came to that stuff just in time.

    • (on why she made "Shrink Rap")
      Pamela: I am a little bit of a campaigner, and this struck me as a bit of an opportunity to do a little bit of teaching. People have talked, and I have helped them to understand certain things, with an eye on the fact that people out there will learn.

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