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Pam Grier

Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House (1971), about a women's penitentiary, and The Big Bird Cage (1972). Her strong role put her into a five-year contract with Samuel Z. Arkoff of American-International Pictures, and she became a leading lady in action films such as Jack Hill's Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974), the comic strip character Friday Foster (1975) and William Girdler's 'Sheba, Baby' (1975). She continued working with American-International, where she portrayed William Marshall's vampire victim in the Blacula (1972) sequel, Scream Blacula Scream (1973).During the 1980s she became a regular on Miami Vice (1984) and played a supporting role as an evil witch in Ray Bradbury's and Walt Disney Pictures' Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), then returned to action as Steven Seagal's partner in Above the Law (1988). Her most famous role of the 1990s was probably Jackie Brown (1997), directed by Quentin Tarantino, which was an homage to her earlier 1970s action roles, She occasionally did supporting roles, as in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! (1996), In Too Deep (1999) and a funny performance in Jawbreaker (1999). She also appeared in John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) and co-starred with Snoop Dogg in Bones (2001). Her entire career of over 30 years has brought only success for this beautiful and talented actress.A sister of Grier's 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.

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May 26, 1949 In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Love Boat 1977-05-05
Latest Project:
Series Celebrity Ghost Stories 2008-10-25

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The L Word
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
The L Word Kit Porter 70 episodes, 2004-2009 2004-01-18
Night Visions Unknown 2001-07-12
Smallville Unknown 2001
Justice League Unknown 2001-11-17
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
The Wild Thornberrys Unknown 1998-09-01
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
The Wayans Bros. Unknown 1995-01-11
Pinky and the Brain Unknown 1995-09-09
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
In Living Color Unknown 1990-04-15
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown 1990-09-10
Monsters Unknown 1988-10-22
Midnight Caller Unknown 1988-10-25
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
Crime Story Unknown 1986-09-18
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Tribunal de nuit Unknown 1984-01-04
The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Roots: The Next Generations Unknown 1979-02-18
Knots Landing Unknown 1979-12-27
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05