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Pamela Duncan; was in 'Attack of Crab Monsters'

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Pamela Duncan, an actress who starred in the cult classic ''Attack of the Crab Monsters" and later appeared in an Academy Award-nominated documentary, has died. She was 73.

Ms. Duncan, who had numerous roles in television and film throughout the 1950s and the early 1960s, suffered a stroke and died Nov. 11 at the Lillian Booth Actors' Fund of America Home in Englewood, where she had lived for 10 years. She was one of several entertainers who appeared in ''Curtain Call," a documentary made in 2000 that focused on the lives and careers of the home's residents.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ms. Duncan won several local beauty pageants as a teenager before heading to Hollywood in the early 1950s. Her first role came in 1951, when she appeared in the film ''Whistling Hills," but she was best known for her role in ''Attack of the Crab Monsters," a 1957 science-fiction release directed by Roger Corman.

The film tells the story of scientists who travel to a remote island to study effects of nuclear weapons tests. After being stranded there, they discover that the island is sinking and has been taken over by crabs that have mutated into enormous, intelligent monsters.

On television, Ms. Duncan primarily had roles in westerns, including ''The Roy Rogers Show" and ''Maverick" and ''Bat Masterson," but she also appeared on shows such as ''Perry Mason" and ''Dr. Kildare."

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