Photo of Samuel Beckett's friend and lover Pamela Mitchell in Stonewall Cottage, her former home. -Newport Life Magazine Pamela Mitchell studied American History at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York and worked in Naval Intelligence during the latter part of World War II. Shesubsequently found employment with Harold Oram Incorporated, a fund-raising organisation which supported humanitarian worthwhile causes. In the early 1950s, the company made its first major foray into the theatrical world by financing a Broadway production of Louis Peterson’s play, Take a Giant Step. Thornton Wilder alerted Oram to Beckett’s play, En attendant Godot, which was having a huge impact on the Paris theatre at the time. Oram sent Mitchell to Paris in 1953 to negotiate the rights for the American premiere of the play. A relationship between Beckett and Mitchell began shortly after this initial encounter, which continued when Mitchell returned to live in Paris the following year as Oram’s European Account Executive. Their brief, intense affair was interrupted by the news that Beckett’s brother, Frank, had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Beckett returned to Ireland, where he remained until his brother’s death on 13 September 1954. Beckett and Mitchell remained in contact until 1970, although the correspondence tails off markedly after 1956. Mitchell died on 10 February 2002 in Newport Hospital, Rhode Island.