Actress and sex symbol Pam Grier turns 72 today

The very Foxy Pam Grier was born on this day in 1949

Actress and sex symbol Pam Grier turns 72 today

Actress and sex symbol Pam Grier turns 72 today. She was born Pamela Suzette Grier in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 26, 1949. Because of her father’s military career, her family moved frequently during her childhood, Grier grew up on U.S. Air Force bases in Europe and near Denver, Colorado. She moved to Hollywood and worked as a production assistant, eventually falling into the role of actress in 1970, appearing in Roger Corman thrillers such as “Women in Cages” (1971). Beautiful and leggy, Grier played a tough and foxy chick in a string of action movies in the 1970s dubbed “blaxploitation” films most notably “Coffy” (1973) and “Foxy Brown” (1974). She had a small but memorable role in “Fort Apache, The Bronx ” (1981) starring Paul Newman, but spent much of the decade performing on stage and missing out on choice Hollywood roles. After small but regular roles in TV’s “Miami Vice” and “Crime Story” in the late 1980s, Grier’s film career heated up again. She co-starred with fellow blaxploitation filmmaker Fred Williamson in “Original Gangstas” (1996), had a major role in Tim Burton‘s “Mars Attacks!” (1996) and had the starring role in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Jackie Brown” (1997), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Grier joined the cast of the cable televisions series “The L Word” in (2004-2009). She was named as one of Ebony Magazine’s ‘100 Most Fascinating Women of the 20th Century’.

By Ken Warren, 2018

Which Pam Grier in 1974 trailer “Foxy Brown”

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