ON THE RECENT PASSING OF PAM MARVIN

No sooner had I learned of the passing Lee Marvin’s first wife, Betty, did I discover the passing of his second wife, Pam Marvin, a few weeks later. Strange coincidence without a doubt, but also something that would not get much mention other than this blog, apparently.
I tried several times while researching Lee Marvin Point Blank to get Pam Marvin to agree to an interview but without any luck. It’s unfortunate as I think she would have contributed greatly to the final product.

Pam Marvin’s book, Lee: A Romance.

Her own story and her years with Lee Marvin were chronicled in her own book, Lee: A Romance which I read when it came out and went so far as to let Pam Marvin know her book would not conflict with my project.

I guess she felt differently. As I said, it’s unfortunate she felt that way as I would have welcomed her thoughts for inclusion in my work much the same way Lee’s first wife Betty and I did when she penned her book, Tales of a Hollywood Housewife. Pam’s book is a worthy read and recommended to get another point of view on her husband’s life and work.
I’d like to point out, despite my not being able to interview her at the time, I wish her family and friends my condolences on her the event of her death. I still believe in the old adage of respecting the passing of a human’s life and would have liked to have met her. She stood by her husband during the infamous palimony suit and was in court during every day of the trial. That could not have been easy.

Lee & Pam Marvin during the infamous palimony suit.

They had of course a shared history of growing up in Woodstock N.Y. and together they apparently visited there often. Lee’s brother, Robert, shared this picture of one those visits…

Lee and Pam visiting Robert and Joan Marvin in the 70s in New York.

She also went with Lee on location when his films called for schleps to such far flung places as Malta for the filming of Shout at the Devil

Lee, with ever-present cigarette and wife Pam on location for SHOUT AT THE DEVIL.

 

 

 

 

 

For such reasons and more, I again offer my condolences to her loved ones. Personally, my failed attempt to contact her was of course a disappointment, especially since she eventually agreed to speak with me at one point at the urging of her attorney, David Kagon. Kagon had represented Lee during the palimony suit and as Lee Marvin Point Blank readers know, gave a wonderful account of that episode in Lee and Pam’s life. After several refusals, Kagon did get Pam Marvin to reconsider and sent me the following letter….

Pam Marvin’s response to my many interview requests.

I of course did indeed send a list of questions. I never got a response. More is the pity. Rest in Peace, Pam.

– Dwayne Epstein

 

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LEE MARVIN RESEARCH MATERIAL FIRE SALE ON EBAY

Having finished Lee Marvin Point Blank more than three years ago, I have found myself with a plethora of collectible research material and memorabilia I have no room to maintain while trying to concentrate on my next project. So, the most logical thing to do with said material is to sell them to the most interested parties. Ebay has proved to be an excellent venue and I have proceeded to do just that.
What it is I’m referring to is rich and varied. I had been working on the book for almost 20 years so consequently, I have amassed quite a collection: Everything from original film & TV stills, to countless magazines, clippings, books, presskits, pressbooks, videos, you name it! These rarities cross the spectrum of media as Marvin’s career ws equally varied and encompassed film, TV and stage. Below are several typical examples currently on Ebay, such as this collection of Western paperback tie-ins. By the way, if you didn’t know (as I didn’t, until I learned) the words in blue here are actually links to the Ebay page of the items, which allows you go right to it and check the items out. But first…..

Four Lee Marvin western movie tie-in paperbacks currently available on Ebay.

Four Lee Marvin western movie tie-in paperbacks currently available on Ebay.

All four books are in great condition and highlight a different time and way in which films were cross-promoted. Also currently available is the 15th anniversary issue of Playboy Magazine from 1969 featuring a lengthy interview with Marvin…

Cover of Playboy Magazine's 15th Anniversry issue which contains and overflowing plethora of special features!

Cover of Playboy Magazine’s 15th Anniversry issue which contains and overflowing plethora of special features!

First page of the lengthy and incisive PLAYBOY interview Lee Marvin did for Playboy's 15th Anniversary issue in 1969.

First page of the lengthy and incisive PLAYBOY interview Lee Marvin did for Playboy’s 15th Anniversary issue in 1969.

A better description and accompanying images exist on the auction page, by the way. Other items include some of the other books I had to read, for better or for worse, that helped with my research. Here are two examples. Lee’s widow, Pam Marvin’s book, Lee: A Romance, was acquired as an uncorreted, proof, as shown below…

Cover of the uncorrected proof for LEE: A ROMANCE by Pam Marvin.

Cover of the uncorrected proof for LEE: A ROMANCE by Pam Marvin.

Also acquired was Donald Zec’s book, Marvin, in paperback format which was ‘authorized’ by Lee, although he later said much of what was in it, he concocted….

Cover of the British paperback biography of Lee Marvin by Donald Zec.

Cover of the British paperback biography of Lee Marvin by Donald Zec.

Not all the items I’ve listed are of similiar ilk. Take for example the original lobby cards from Point Blank also show below….

2 original lobby cards from POINT BLANK now available on Ebay.

2 original lobby cards from POINT BLANK now available on Ebay.

The preceding items were simply random examples of what I’m selling. There are more, of course, including several non-Marvin related items, if you’re a fan of pop culture in general. Over the next several weeks and months I’ll be posting more items, so if in reading this, you have a personal favorite item you’ve always wanted to own, by all means message me her at the space provided below and I’ll make every effort to fulfill your ‘wish list.’ Until then, please feel free to check out all my postings and take full advantage of this Lee Marvin Ebay fire sale. Thanks and enjoy!

 

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ANGEL TOMPKINS ON WORKING W/ LEE MARVIN IN PRIME CUT

Angel Tompkins worked with Lee Marvin brilliantly in the 1972 cult film Prime Cut. At the time I was researching Lee Marvin Point Blank (which has exclusive info about making the strange Michael Ritchie film), I had not been able to contact her. Now that the book has been out for a while, I was lucky enough to come in contact with her via Facebook. When I asked her back in March of 2013,  about the experience of working with Lee, her response was both refreshing and eye-opening……

Angel Tompkins

2 ad campaigns for Prime Cut. The one on the level wisely included an image of Angel Tompkins.

 

“Lee Marvin was a delight and consummate actor to work with. He was respectful of women he worked with on the set and loved to act. We had the hottest scene and the studio, National General, had it recut because it was so hot that when there was an airing on KCET of the film the audience calls went nuts…Now the film would be a PG rating.

Angel Tompkins

Angel Tompkins’ featured item in the Prime Cut Pressbook

We were nominated by the NATO awards and his new/former sweetheart [Pam Marvin] would not allow us on the stage together or to be photographed together. Such a shame…I just appreciated him for his manners on the set and gift as an actor. Whatever she thought she was wrong, I never fell for my leading men ever, work was work and a joy to create characters. Pity the absurd fantasies of wives and girlfriends. …
P.S. I wore a see through knited dress that clinged to ever angle at the awards (with nude one piece to cover parts) but Lee still made a wonderful comment when his wife wasn’t present as we walked together towards the awards banquet. He wasn’t drinking on Prime Cut either. love and joy to all. thanks Angel Tompkins “

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