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Pamela Tanner
General Information
Gender: Female
Birth: March 5, 1958
Death: May 12, 1987
Address: San Francisco
Family and Friends
children: D.J. Tanner
Stephanie Tanner
Michelle Tanner
Friends: Danny Tanner (boyfriend, husband), Joey Gladstone
Series Information
First appearance: Goodbye Mr. Bear
Last appearance: Goodbye Mr. Bear
Portrayer: Christine Houser

Pamela Tanner (March 5, 1958 – May 12, 1987), was the wife of Danny Tanner, and mother of D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle Tanner. She was also the daughter of Nick and Irene Katsopolis, and the older sister of Jesse Katsopolis.


Pam met her future husband, Danny, in tenth grade when she sat next to him in geometry class. In the season two finale "Luck Be a Lady (Part 2)", it is revealed that they eloped at a young age, which upset both of their families, and even caused Jesse to get so mad that he beat Danny up, causing Danny to fracture one of his ribs, despite the fact Jesse was a mere thirteen years old and Danny was twenty. 

She was always smiling (Michelle), overly excited (Stephanie), and did her best at everything (D.J.). Each of her personality traits could also be seen in her three daughters. Six and a half months after giving birth to her third child, Michelle, she was killed in a car crash by a drunken driver.

After her death, Pam's younger brother, Jesse, moved into the house to help his brother-in-law, Danny, raise his three nieces. He is the one who seems to miss her the most, which is one of the reasons why living with the Tanner family means so much to him. It was him who pulled everyone together after his sister’s death, according to his father in the episode "It's Not My Job". She was seen only once in the series, portrayed by actress Christine Houser in the episode "Goodbye Mr. Bear" in a home video, which depicts her and Danny coming home from the hospital with newborn Michelle, which reminded the girls and Jesse about their lovely mother and older sister. One favorite memory was singing "On Top of Spaghetti" with their mom.

Also mentioned in "Goodbye Mr. Bear", Joey talked about how her laugh was contagious, and by putting her in the front row during his new comedy sets, her laughter was sure to make the whole place crack up. Her brother, Jesse, shared memories of them dancing to "Disco Inferno."

According to Jesse in the season three episode "Lust in the Dust", Pam had her flaws: "She was always late. She spent way too much time in the bathroom. And when I was little, she used to hold me down and stick carrots up my nose."

In the episode "The Miracle of Thanksgiving", it is told that Pam always used to say, "Smiles are free, so give them away."

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