Pamela Susan Courson (December 22, 1946 – April 25, 1974) was a long-term companion of Jim Morrison, singer of the Doors. Courson stated she discovered Morrison's body in the bathtub of a Paris apartment in 1971. She died three years after him, in 1974.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamela_Courson
Pamela Susan Courson (December 22, 1946 – April 25, 1974) was a long-term companion of Jim Morrison, singer of the Doors. Courson stated she discovered Morrison's body in the bathtub of a Paris apartment in 1971. She died three years after him, in 1974.
Pamela Courson was born as Pamela Susan Courson on December 22, 1946, in Weed, California, USA, to Pearl "Penny" Courson and Columbus "Corky" Courson. She had a sister named Judy. On April 25, 1974, Pamela died of a drug overdose at her Los Angeles apartment, at the age of 27.
- Early life
- Later years
Pamela Susan Courson was born December 22, 1946 in Weed California. She was daughter of Columbus \\"Corky\\" Brimer Courson and Pearl \\"Penny\\" Courson. She had an elder sister, Judy.
In early 1967, when The Doors returned from New York, Jim and Pam decided to take the next logical step in their relationship by moving together.The couple moved into one of three small apartments in a house on Rothdell Trail, perced on a hillside just adobe the Country Store. A number of other stars of the music scene lived in the neighborhood as well, such as David Crosby, John and Michelle Phillips, Cass Elliot and Frank Zappa. There was a feeling of community and creativity that flowed through the area. Pam testified, in writing: \\"Jim and I had discussed marriage on several occasions before this trip [Colorado tour, 1967], bu felt, as did his managers, that the attendant publicity to a publicly registered marriage would have a detrimental effect upon the image they were trying to develop on him\\". On Wednesday, June 26, 1968, Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson went to Los Angeles City Hall and took out what was rumored to be their second marriage license, though the first one, said to have been picked up in Mexico shortly after the couple first met, no one remembers ever actually seeing. But any thoughts of a June wedding expired along with the marriage license, which was allowed to languish and die, unused. That year, Pam met Christopher Jones, an actor who had lots of similarities with Jim Morrison and had just starred in the youth-oriented film \\"Wild in the Strets\\" and they dated for a short time during June and July 1968. When The Doors went to tour Europe Pam came along, choosing mostly to stay in Londonwhile the band toured. Jim and Pam seemed content enough together there. Ray was impressed by the domestic bliss the couple seemed to have fallen into at their furnished flat on London's Eton Square. \\"We visited them before we left London,\\" says Manzarek, speaking of himself and his wife, Dorothy. \\"Jim and Pam made us a wonderful breakfast, a full English breakfast [...] It was the most domestic I'd ever seen them. And I thought, This is going to work out! This could work out! This is good!\\" But it wasn't good for long. Back in the States, Jim began rehearsals for the group's new album The Soft Parade, and Pam once again began seeing Christopher Jones, who went to London with her for the filming of Looking glass with Anthony Hopkins. they stayed at the London Hilton and for weeks everything was good until Christopher Jones wrote a letter to his ex-wife and a furious Pam left him. By November the Doors embarked a tour in the States and Pam hadn't come home yet. Without telling anyone where he was going, Jim went to London to get Pam back. When he located her, the couple reconciled on at least a provisional basis. In 1971, following the recording of L.A. Woman, Jim decided to take some time off and moved to Paris with Pam, in March. He had visited the city the previous summer and seemed content to write and explore the place. They took up residence in an apartment at 17 rue Beautreillis. Once in Paris, Morrison gained a great deal of weight and shaved off his beard. He admired the city's architecture and would go for long walks through the city. Once there, Pam encouraged him to write poetry. Paris was proving to be good for Jim, and in matter of weeks his physical appearance reflected that benefit. He and Pam were living without pressures, without schedules, traveling anywhere they liked, coming back only when it pleased them to do so. Later, remembering an excursion from Paris to Morocco, Pam said: \\"I woke up one morning and saw this handsome man by the pool, talking to two young American girls. I fell instantly in love with him. Then I realized it was Jim. I hadn't recognized him. He had got up early and shaved his beard, and he was so lean from losing so much weight, he seemed a new man. It was so nice to fall in love again with the man I was already in love with.\\" Jim had also made the first tentative steps towards bridging the chasm that had so long existed between him and his parents. Alain Ronay, Jim's French-born friend from UCLA, stayed with Jim and Pam in Paris for a few weeks and remembers an evening Jim spent recounting affectionate, funny stories about his father. Pam used to call the Morrisons to let them know that she and Jim were looking forward to seeing them as soon as they got back to the States. For the first time, Jim began talking about having children. Pam loved to travel so while in Paris they went to Spain, Corsica and they planned to go to London and Switzerland. Sadly the excursion to London was cut short when Jim's asthma once again flared up. On July 2, 1971 Jim and Pam went to see a movie. After the movie, they returned to their apartment in Paris. Jim went to bed and awoke sometime later coughing and complaining of chest pains. He then decided to take a bath. At approximately 5:00 a.m. on July 3, 1971, Pam found Jim dead in their bathroom. Per the stipulation in his will, which stated that he was \\"an unmarried person\\", Courson inherited his entire fortune, yet lawsuits against the estate would tie up her quest for inheritance for the next two years. After Pamela received her share of Morrison's royalties, she never renewed contact with the remaining Doors members.
After Jim's passing, Pam returned to the States and went to live with her friend publicist Diane Gardiner who kept Pam out of the public eyes with the help of the journalist Ellen Sander. Ellen remembers Pam: \\"She had a very lyrical, high-pitched voice; she was pretty, she was sweet - I never heard her say any unkind word about anybody, which impressed me. sweet-needy. That's my description of her. She was sweet and needy.\\" Pam told Ellen, who was seven months pregnant: \\"I wish we'd had a baby. I wish I was pregnant too\\". Ellen recalls: \\"She was devastated about what had happened and what was going to happen to her.\\" Pam stayed with Ellen for weeks at her home in Sausalito, but then she moved with Diane Gardiner at Muir Woods and with Sage as well, the golden retriever she had shared with Jim and she usually visited her old friend January Jensen who lived near by. She stayed there over a year. January Jensen recalls: \\"Pam once told me \\"You know, I just have no desire to live without Jim; I can't live without him\\" and I said \\"C'mon now!\\" and I gave her a big hug, I knew what she was feeling\\". As a twenty-four-year-old in Paris, Pam had held the world in her hands, facing an ever brightening future with the man she loved. At twenty-five, she was back in California, alone, left with nothing but a dry handful of torturous memories and half live dreams. And regrets, so many regrets.
On April 25, 1974, Pam died of a heroin overdose at the Los Angeles apartment she shared with two male friends. She was twenty-seven, the same age at which Jim Morrison died. Her parents intended that she be buried next to Morrison at Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, and listed this location as the place of burial on her death certificate, but due to legal complications with transporting the body to France, her parents had her remains buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, California, under the name \\"Pamela Susan Morrison\\". After her death, her parents Columbus and Penny inherited Morrison's entire fortune, but their executor ship of the estate was later contested by Morrison's parents, George and Clara Morrison. In her funeral, The Doors told that nobody wore black clothes. Ray Manzarek played some songs that Jim composed thinking about Pam such as \\"Orange Country Girl\\". Nobody commented any thing related to Jim or Pam's life and death, they just remain there, in silence.
Apr 21, 2020 · It was Pamela who found the Doors' front man dead in the bathtub of their Paris apartment in 1971. Flying in the face of that whole "Jim got married" thing from earlier, Morrison declared himself an "unmarried person" in his will, and bequeathed his estate to Courson. This development meant a load of trouble for Courson.
- Tom Meisfjord
Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson met at a nightclub in 1965, while Courson was an art student at Los Angeles City College. The couple met at a young age, Morrison was 21, and Courson was 19 years old. They were deeply in love with each other, but their relationship was tumultuous, emotionally unstable, and they also fought and abused each other.
Pamela Courson was a muse who inspired many of Jim Morrison's songs and poems like "Love Street," "Queen of the Highway," or "Twentieth Century Fox." She was the woman who made the Lizard King bend down in acquiesce. A queen that accompanied her king until his final days, she was the source of his inspiration and downfall.
A tribute to the beautiful Pamela Courson Morrison, may she rest in peace. ♥ I think that Pamela has been greatly misunderstood, misjudged, and undercredited for her contributions in inspiring some of the world's best known rock songs, styling Jim, and...
Jan 08, 2020 · There is also an anecdote in his memoir, one that makes it into the Stone film, too, in which Morrison’s partner Pamela Courson is brought into the vocal booth and asked to perform oral sex on the...
A tribute to the beautiful Pamela Courson Morrison, may she rest in peace. ♥ I think that Pamela has been greatly misunderstood, misjudged, and undercredited for her contributions in inspiring some of the world's best known rock songs, styling Jim, and... Cassie Grassie 🌊👅☮️The Doors
Jim Morrison's girlfriend, Pamela Courson, appears in this rare footage taken from a French TV show titled, Memories of a French Ambassador. It has appeare...
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