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pam grier

Pam was one of four children born to Air Force mechanic Clarence Grier and Gwendolyn Samuels, a nurse. One sister died from cancer in 1990 and the son of that sister committed suicide because of his mother's illness. Pam herself was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and given 18 months to live which has had an effect on how she has chosen to live. She has never been wed, although she has been romantically linked to Richard Pryor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the past. Auditioned for a role in "Pulp Fiction." That role eventually went to Rosanna Arquette, but Quentin Tarantino promised he would find another part for her in the future which lead to her role in "Jackie Brown."

Auditioned for a part in Pulp Fiction (1994), and at the time, right after Rosanna Arquette took the nod, was considered for the part of Bonnie (Jimmie's wife). She didn't land either role, until Jackie Brown (1997) came along. Quentin Tarantino renamed the character of Jackie Burke (from Rum Punch) to Jackie Brown as homage to Foxy Brown (1974).

While a student at UCLA, she sang back-up for singer-composer Bobby Womack. Interestingly, Womack's composition and 1972 recording of the song "Across 110th Street" was the theme song of the film Jackie Brown (1997), which marked a major comeback for Grier in the starring and title role. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and an NAACP Image Award for her performance.

Was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of MS. Magazine (August 1975 issue). Named as one of Ebony Magazine's "100 Most Fascinating Women of the 20th Century". (17 October 1998) Awarded a "Career Achievement Award" at the 34th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. Dated comedian Richard Pryor.

Tall and voluptuous, the 1970s' Queen of Blaxploitation brought a formidable presence to such formulaic crowd-pleasers as Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974), Sheba Baby (1975), and others, most of them vengeance-ismine tales loaded with graphic nudity and liberal bloodletting. The cousin of profootballer Roosevelt Grier, Pam actually got her start in babes-in-bonds exploitation epics churned out by Roger Corman's New World. She was launched in The Big Doll House (1971) and was felicitously squared off against the equally statuesque Margaret Markov in Black Mama, White Mama (1972, an outlandish female version ofThe Defiant Ones and The Arena (1974), where they played gladiators in Ancient Rome. She also appeared to good advantage in Scream Blacula Scream (1973) and Bucktown (1975), and tried to broaden her appeal as the comic-strip character Friday Foster (also 1975). But when the blaxploitation genre went into eclipse, so did her career. Grier's performance as the pathetic junkie in Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981) heralded her new career as a character actress, and she has since made impressive appearances portraying a witch in Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), no-nonsense cops both serious (1988's Above the Law and comic (1987's The Allnighter and a beleaguered high school teacher in Class of 1999 (1990).

Actress - filmography
Baby of the Family (2002) .... Mrs. Williams
Diggin' Up Bones (2002) (V) .... Herself
Adventures of Pluto Nash, The (2002)
"Feast of All Saints" (2001) (mini) TV Series .... Suzette Lermontant
... aka "Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints" (2001) (mini) (USA: complete title)
Bones (2001) .... Pearl
Ghosts of Mars (2001) .... Helena Braddock
... aka John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) (USA: complete title)
Love the Hard Way (2001) .... Linda Fox
It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures (2001) .... Interviewee
3 A.M. (2001) (TV) .... George (Georgia Mae Parker)
Wilder (2000) .... Detective Della Wilder
... aka Slow Burn (2000/II) (USA)
Snow Day (2000) .... Tina
Fortress 2 (1999) .... Susan Teller
... aka Fortress 2: Re-Entry (2000) (USA: DVD title)
Hayley Wagner, Star (1999) (TV) .... Sam
Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) (TV) .... Herself
Holy Smoke (1999) .... Carol
... aka Holy Smoke! (2000) (USA: video box title)
In Too Deep (1999) .... Det. Angela Wilson
Jawbreaker (1999) .... Detective Vera Cruz
No Tomorrow (1998) .... Diane
"Hollywood Squares" (1998) TV Series
"Linc's" (1998) TV Series .... Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop
Fakin' Da Funk (1997) .... Annabelle Lee
Jackie Brown (1997) .... Jackie Brown
Strip Search (1997) .... Janette
Mars Attacks! (1996) .... Louise Williams
Family Blessings (1996) (TV) .... Mrs. Quincy
... aka LaVyrle Spencer's 'Family Blessings' (1996) (TV) (USA: complete title)
Escape from L.A. (1996) .... Hershe Las Palmas
... aka John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (1996) (USA: complete title)
Original Gangstas (1996) .... Laurie Thompson
... aka Hot City (1996)
"Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" (1995) TV Series (voice) .... The Empress' Nightingale
Serial Killer (1995) .... Capt. Maggie Davis
Posse (1993) .... Phoebe
Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story, A (1992) (TV) .... Linda Holman
... aka Shattered Silence (1992) (TV)
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) .... Ms. Wardroe
Class of 1999 (1990) .... Ms. Connors
Package, The (1989) .... Ruth Butler
Above the Law (1988) .... Delores Jackson
... aka Nico (1988) (UK: cable TV title)
Allnighter, The (1987) .... Sergeant McLeesh
Vindicator, The (1986) .... Hunter
... aka Frankenstein '88 (1986)
On the Edge (1985) .... Cora
Stand Alone (1985) .... Catherine Bolan
Badge of the Assassin (1985) (TV) .... Alexandra 'Alie' Horn
"Miami Vice" (1984) TV Series .... Valerie Gordon (1985, 1989)
Tough Enough (1983) .... Myra
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) .... Dust Witch
Making of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes', The (1983) (TV) .... Herself
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) .... Charlotte
"Roots: The Next Generations" (1979) (mini) TV Series .... Francey
Greased Lightning (1977) .... Mary Jones
Notte dell'alta marea, La (1977) (as Pamela Grier) .... Sandra
... aka Night of the High Tide, The (1977) (Canada: English title)
... aka Twilight of Love (1977) (USA: video title)
Drum (1976) (as Pamela Grier) .... Regine
Bucktown (1975) .... Aretha
Friday Foster (1975) .... Friday Foster
Sheba, Baby (1975) .... Sheba Shayne
Foxy Brown (1974) .... Foxy Brown
Arena, The (1973) .... Mamawi
... aka Naked Warriors (1973) (USA: reissue title)
... aka Rivolta delle gladiatrici, La (1973) (Italy)
Scream, Blacula, Scream! (1973) .... Lisa
... aka Blacula II (1973)
... aka Blacula Is Beautiful (1973)
... aka Blacula Lives Again! (1973)
... aka Name Is Blacula, The (1973)
Coffy (1973) .... Coffy
Big Bird Cage, The (1972) .... Blossom
... aka Women's Penitentiary II (1972)
Black Mama, White Mama (1972) .... Lee Daniels
... aka Women in Chains (1972) (USA: video title)
Hit Man (1972/I) (as Pamela Grier) .... Gozelda
Twilight People, The (1972) .... Ayesa, the Panther Woman
... aka Beasts (1972)
... aka Island of the Twilight People (1972)
Cool Breeze (1972) (as Pamela Grier) .... Mona
Big Doll House, The (1971) .... Grear
... aka Bamboo Dolls House (1971)
... aka Woman's Penitentiary (1971)
... aka Women in Cages (1971/II) (USA: video title)
... aka Women's Penitentiary (1971)
... aka Women's Penitentiary III (1971/II) (USA: changed title)
Women in Cages (1971/I) .... Alabama
... aka Women's Penitentiary III (1971/I)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) (as Pamela Grier) .... Fourth Woman
... aka Hollywood Vixens (1970)

Television Guest Appearances
"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The" (1999) playing "Herself" 8/7/2001
"Night Visions" (2001) playing "Dr. Lewis" in episode: "Switch"
"For Your Love" (1998) playing "Brenda, Bobbi's Mother" in episode: "Sins of the Mother and ... the Boyfriend, The" (episode # 3.7) 11/12/1999
"Wild Thornberrys, The" (1998) playing "Mother Springbok"(voice) in episode: "Stick Your Neck Out" (episode # 2.5) 8/23/1999
"Pinky and the Brain" (1995) playing "Julie Auburn"(voice) in episode: "Inherit the Wheeze" (episode # 3.29) 2/14/1998
"Wayans Bros., The" (1995) playing "Erica" in episode: "Goin' to the Net" (episode # 3.10) 11/20/1996
"Sparks" (1996) playing "Ms. Grayson" in episode: "Pillow Talk" (episode # 1.8) 11/4/1996
"Marshal, The" (1995) playing "Major Vanetta Brown" in episode: "Rainbow Comix" (episode # 1.13) 9/11/1995
"Martin" (1992) playing "Herself" in episode: "All the Players Came" (episode # 3.18) 2/16/1995
"Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" (1995) playing "The Nightingale" in episode: "Empress' Nightingale, The"
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The" (1990) playing "Janice" in episode: "M is For the Many Things She Gave Me" (episode # 4.22) 4/25/1994
"Sinbad Show, The" (1993) playing "Lynn Montgonery" in episode: "Telethon, The" (episode # 1.17) 3/3/1994
"Monsters" (1988) in episode: "Hostile Takeover" 1990
"Crime Story" (1986) playing "Suzanne Terry" in episode: "Going Home" (episode # 2.22) 5/10/1988
"Crime Story" (1986) playing "Suzanne Terry" in episode: "Seize the Time" (episode # 2.11) 1/12/1988
"Midnight Caller" (1988) in episode: "Blood Red" (episode # 2.9)
"Cosby Show, The" (1984) playing "Samantha" in episode: "Planning Parenthood" (episode # 3.24) 5/7/1987
"Crime Story" (1986) playing "Suzanne Terry" in episode: "Justice Hits The Skids" (episode # 1.9) 11/11/1986
"Crime Story" (1986) playing "Suzanne Terry" in episode: "Abrams For The Defense" (episode # 1.6) 10/14/1986
"Night Court" (1984) playing "Benet Collins" in episode: "Hurricane: Part 2" (episode # 3.22) 5/8/1986
"Night Court" (1984) playing "Benet Collins" in episode: "Hurricane: Part 1" (episode # 3.21) 5/1/1986
"Miami Vice" (1984) playing "Valerie" in episode: "Prodigal Son" (episode # 2.1) 9/27/1985
"Love Boat, The" (1977) playing "(as Pamela Grier)" in episode: "Kinfolk/Sis and the Slicker/Moonlight and Moonshine/Affair, The (Part One)" (episode # 3.18) 1/19/1980
"Love Boat, The" (1977) playing "(as Pamela Grier)" in episode: "Kinfolk/Sis and the Slicker/Moonlight and Moonshine/Affair, The (Part Two)" (episode # 3.19) 1/19/1980
"Hollywood Squares, The" (1966) playing "Guest Panelist"

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