Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Pam Grier was born(May 26, 1949) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to African-American parents Clarence Ransom Grier, who served in the United States Air Force, and Gwendolyn Samuels, a homemaker; she has two sisters and one brother. Because of her father's military career, Pam's family moved frequently during her childhood, such as living in England, and eventually settling in Denver, Colorado, where Pam attended East High School. While there she appeared in stage productions. Pam participated in beauty contests in order to make money for college tuition.
She was discovered by director Roger Corman, who cast her in his women in prison films The Big Doll House (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972). Pam became the embodiment of the strong female in the blaxploitation movies of the early 1970s, beginning with 1973's Coffy, in which Pam plays a nurse who seeks revenge on drug dealers; her film character was advertised in the trailer as the "baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!". the film was runaway success at the box office, and Grier was noted as the first African American female to headline a film, as previously the protagonists of blaxploitation films had exclusively been male. Grier subsequently played similar characters in the films Foxy Brown (1974), Friday Foster, and Sheba, Baby (both 1975). The end of the blaxploitation area brought a slow down to Pam's career for a time until Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown in 1997. She currently plays Kit Porter in the L Word and lends herself to guest starring roles her and there.
So Pam Grier, please accept this invitation to the Dinner party of the year. Your stature, your iconic standing, and your sexiness (yes I know but I still recognize sexy in a woman) are more than welcome!