CLATWORTHY, Pamela Barbara M

1918 - 2005

Born at Wandsworth, London on 28 May 1918, only child of Francis Gordon-Howley, theatre impresario, and his wife Gertrude Alexandra Dagmar née Klasen, the famed actress and singer Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952), who married at Wandsworth the previous year and separated shortly after Pamela’s birth, Gertrude later married again in 1940, Richard Aldrich. Pamela had a very interesting childhood, divided between exclusive private schools in England, where she spent about half her time, and a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York, where she lived whenever her mother was in a play that had a long Broadway run. In 1941 Pamela married a New York doctor, Bill Cahan but they later divorced, there were no children by this marriage. In 1952 she married again, at Kensington, London, sculptor Robert Ernest Clatworthy (1928-2015) by whom she had three children but were later divorced. Pamela was a painter, a poet and a free spirit who, to celebrate her 80th birthday, sailed around the world as a working crew member. She died at her home in Halesworth, Suffolk in June 2005. Pamela's three children were Benn Clatworthy (born 1955), a tenor saxophonist based in Los Angeles, Sarah A G [Hunt] (born 1956) and Thomas (born 1959).