Pam Dawber grew up in a suburb of Detroit. Her father, Gene, was a commercial artist and her mother, Thelma, ran a stock photography agency. Her career began to take off when a friend who was going to New York suggested that Dawber accompany her and bring along her modeling portfolio to show various New York modeling agents. A pretty girl, Dawber had done some modeling in Detroit, where she was attending Oakland Community College, and she had also worked as a model and singer in several auto trade shows.
One of the top modeling agencies in New York signed Dawber to an exclusive contract, and she was soon featured in magazine advertisements and on TV commercials, but Dawber was more interested in acting than in modeling. She began studying voice and acting. A leading role in a stock production of a musical comedy called "Sweet Adeline" at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, led to her being auditioned for a major role on a new TV series called Tabitha (1977). To her disappointment, Dawber did not get the part, but she did get an important role in the Robert Altman film A Wedding (1978) and, shortly after, signed an exclusive contract with ABC.
ABC cast Dawber as the female lead in Mork & Mindy and her star has been riding high ever since. She returned to the stage and appeared in a revival of the musical "My Fair Lady", playing Eliza Doolittle. Her hobbies are canoeing, cooking, horseback riding and swimming.
Dawber is the national spokeswoman for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. She has been married to actor Mark Harmon since 1987. They have two children.
- Pam Dawber at the Internet Movie Database