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Pamela Reed

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Pamela Reed
Reed in The Andros Targets (1977)
Born Pamela Reed
(1949-04-02) April 2, 1949 (age 66)
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Years active 1963—
Spouse(s) Sandy Smolan (1988— )
Children 2

Pamela Reed (born April 2, 1949) is an American actress. She is known for playing Arnold Schwarzenegger's hypoglycemic police partner in the 1990 movie Kindergarten Cop and as the matriarch Gail Green in Jericho. She appeared in a recurring role as Marlene Griggs-Knope on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

Personal life

Reed was born in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of Vernie and Norma Reed.[1] She received her B.F.A. at the University of Washington. Reed has been married to Sandy Smolan since 1988. Since 2004, she has resided in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California, with her husband and two children, Reed and Lily, both adopted.


Reed earned a Drama Desk Award for the off-Broadway play Getting Out and an Obie Award for "sustaining excellence in performance in theater". She was a regular in the cast of the 1977 CBS drama The Andros Targets. She had minor film and television work in the 1980s. She won a CableAce Award for Best Actress for the HBO series Tanner '88 (1988).

Her notable film roles include The Long Riders (1980), The Right Stuff (1983), The Best of Times (1986), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Junior (1994), Bean (1997), and Proof of Life (2001).

Reed played Janice Pasetti in the quirky NBC sitcom Grand, and then played a judge and single mother in the short-lived NBC sitcom The Home Court. She has provided the voice for the character Ruth Powers in various episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons and guest-voiced in an episode of the 1994-1995 animated series The Critic. She played a main role in Jericho and has appeared as the mother of main character Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) on Parks and Recreation.[2]

In 2005 Reed portrayed executive producer Esther Shapiro in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty.[3][4]

Reed has also worked for Storyline Online, reading Stellaluna.



  1. ^ Pamela Reed Biography (1949) at
  2. ^ Phipps, Keith (16 April 2009). "Parks And Recreation: "Canvassing"". Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (1 January 2005). "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: If You've Got It, Flaunt It: ABC Trumpets an 80's Hit". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Retrieved February 27, 2009. 

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