Pam Grier
Actress
Pam Grier
Pamela Suzette "Pam" Grier is an American actress. She became famous in the early 1970s after starring in a string of moderately successful women in prison and blaxploitation films such as The Big Bird Cage (1972), Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). Her career was revitalized in 1997 after her appearance in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Biography
Pam Grier's personal information overview.
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Pam Grier, Jessye Norman win Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois medals
Yahoo News - 5 months
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Actress Pam Grier and opera soprano Jessye Norman are among the recipients of Harvard University's 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois medals honoring those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture.
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This Artist Is Using Beautiful Collages To Challenge Whiteness In The Art World
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In her collage series #blackfolk, Brooklyn-based creative Elise R Petersonplaces prolific figures in the nooks of fine art to create spaces for some of contemporary culture’s most badass black icons. In between gigs at various schools and publications, Peterson has always tapped into educating others about the power of challenging identity norms. She realized she was onto something with her art after she placed 1970s blaxploitation star Pam Grier in a collage with a piece by French painter Henri Matisse because, “If Matisse and Pam Grier were living at the same time, of course she would be a muse.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Sam Griner from 'Success Kid' meme is trying to get dad a kidney transplant
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Sammy Griner, from Jacksonville, Florida, is asking for help to save his father, Justin, more than seven years after his mother snapped the now-famous photograph.
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Pam Grier and sexy celebs in their 60s
CNN - over 2 years
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Reminiscing With MC Sha-Rock: Beginning of Women in Hip-Hop Culture
Huffington Post - over 3 years
November is Hip-Hop History Month! As we all know, there is no such thing as history without a pioneering woman. Words cannot express the admiration I have for MC Sha-Rock from the '70s Hip-Hop group Funky Four Plus One More, for giving women a public voice back then in such a male-dominated culture. She was the first female emcee to record in an all-male Hip-Hop group. I remember the first time I heard MC Sha-Rock. I'm digging in the crates of my youth and the culture of what's now called Hip-Hop. The culture takes me back to days of jumping double-dutch in the James Monroe projects in the South Bronx, where not only your friends jumped rope, but your moms and aunts jumped with you. My nostalgia of the culture makes me feel the stinging of getting my ears burned while getting my hair "pressed" by my auntie during a hot-combing session. It reminds me of 10-cent Now and Laters hard candy. The '70s was about watching Good Times and The Jeffersons on television, and relating to stro ...
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1970s Hair Icons That Will Make You Nostalgic
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Beyond the bell-bottoms and platform shoes in films and books, the 1970s was truly a transformative decade. Subcultures that spawned a generation of hipsters, rockers and radicals brought forth an eclectic mix of styles that we believe are best told through hair. From Farrah Fawcett's feathered cut to Debbie Harry's bleach-blonde bob to Pam Grier's Afro, these '70s hairdos echo the attitudes fueled by outspoken youth. To truly understand this great shift in society and politics, we've compiled a list of 16 hair icons whose strands tell a beautiful story. Farrah Fawcett The late "Charlie Angels" actress' flipped hairstyle remains one of the most sought-after looks, but somehow, many seem to fall flat of capturing Fawcett's big, bouncy mane. Pam Grier Grier's badass Afro commanded just as much attention and respect as the strong characters she played in blaxploitation films like "Foxy Brown" and "Coffy." Debbie Harry What impressionable young girl didn't reach for that bot ...
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BEHOLD MY POWER: Jackie Brown Is Now at the Laurelhurst
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Okay, FINE, this likely isn't my doing. But I'm taking credit for it anyway. Remember when the Laurelhurst booked Out of Sight, and I said somebody should do an Elmore Leonard film fest? And then the next week, the Laurelhurst went and got Get Shorty? And I got greedy and was all hey, great, cool, now let's make Jackie Brown happen? So check this out: Starting tonight and going through Thursday, the Laurelhurst's got Jackie Brown, which is one of those very, very few films that somehow manages to get better every time you watch it and Tarantino's best movie. C'mon. Look at Robert Forster and Pam Grier here: That clip reminds me: Even if you don't like, say, fantastic characters, or Elmore Leonard plots, or Samuel L. Jackson or Michael Keaton or Robert De Niro or Bridget Fonda or Chris Tucker or Tarantino, Jackie Brown's worth seeing just for its soundtrack: And, of course: I generally watch Jackie Brown about once a year. The chance to see it on the big screen this time ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
This week: Pam Grier in Jackie Brown vs. Audrey Tatou in Thérèse! WHO YA GOT??? Clueless See My, What a Busy Week! Academy Theater. The Family Directed by Luc Besson and based on the novel Malavita by Tonino Benacquista, this is a very French movie, milking incredibly lazy stereotypes of Americans and plundering already excessively plundered mafia movie tropes. At points, the movie is one of those winking, small-town, fish-out-of-water Euro-comedies; at others, it veers into mob-movie spoof territory. There's a scene where Robert De Niro's character watches GoodFellas, which makes my head explode just thinking about it. NED LANNAMANN Various Theaters. Flash Gordon Like John Carter, but with Queen! Star Sam J. Jones in attendance. Roseway Theater. Fruitvale Station It's a few hours into New Year's Day 2009, and a transit cop stands over 22-year-old Oscar Grant and his friends in the aftermath of a fight on a commuter trai ...
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Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies at 87
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
DETROIT (AP) — Elmore Leonard, the beloved crime novelist whose acclaimed best-sellers and the movies made from them chronicled the violent deaths of many a thug and conman, has died. He was 87. Leonard, winner of an honorary National Book Award in 2012, died Tuesday morning at his home in Bloomfield Township, a suburb of Detroit, from complications of a stroke he suffered a few weeks ago, said his researcher, Gregg Sutter. Leonard was surrounded by family when he died, Sutter said. His millions of fans, from bellhops to Saul Bellow, made all of his books since "Glitz" (1985) best-sellers. When they flocked to watch John Travolta in the movie version of "Get Shorty" in 1995, its author became the darling of Hollywood's hippest directors. And book critics and literary lions, prone to dismiss crime novels as mere entertainments, competed for adjectives to praise him. His more than 40 novels were populated by pathetic schemers, clever conmen and casual killers. Each was characteriz ...
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Celeb birthdays for the week of May 26-June 1
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
May 26: Sportscaster Brent Musburger is 74. Steel guitar player Gates Nichols of Confederate Railroad is 69. Drummer Garry Peterson of The Guess Who is 68. Singer Stevie Nicks is 65. Actor Philip Michael Thomas ("Miami Vice") is 64. Actress Pam Grier is 64. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 64. Actress Margaret Colin is 56. Singer Dave Robbins (BlackHawk) is 54. Actress Genie Francis ("General Hospital") is 51. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 51. Singer Lenny Kravitz is 49. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is 47. Drummer Phillip Rhodes of The Gin Blossoms is 45. Actor Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love") is 43. Singer Joey Kibble of Take 6 is 42. "South Park" co-creator Matt Stone is 42. Bassist Nathan Cochran of MercyMe is 35. Actress Elisabeth Harnois ("CSI") is 34. Actor Hrach Titizian ("Homeland") is 34.
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Nicholas Snow: LISTEN: Fashion Designer Mondo Guerra Talks 'Dining Out For Life' To Fight HIV/AIDS
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Outrageously successful, openly gay, openly HIV-positive Project Runway designer Mondo Guerra shows off his custom design for the official 2013 Dining Out for Life T-shirt. In this episode of SnowbizNow, Mondo Guerra is close to tears as he and others share that on Thursday, April 25, 2013, an estimated 275,000 people will dine out in 60 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada to fight AIDS. Some 3,000 restaurants are participating by donating a generous percentage of proceeds from the day to AIDS service organizations. Dining Out for Life, hosted by Subaru, is expected to raise over $4 million internationally, and money raised in participating cities stays in each city. LISTEN: Official event details: In addition to the generous support of host sponsor Subaru of America, Dining Out For Life® benefits from partnerships with Open Table and several celebrity spokespersons: Fashion designer Mondo Guerra, who disclosed being HIV-positive on Project Runway is de ...
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Pam Grier Returns To The Silver Screen
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This is great! Even though I've seen almost every one of Pam Grier's films, I actually haven't seen most of them on the big screen, in a theatrical setting (especially the older films), so this is a retrospective I'll make an effort to attend.
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'Tarantino XX': Exclusive Clip From Blu-ray Special Features
MTV News - over 4 years
With the "Tarantino XX" Blu-ray collection hitting store shelves today, now seems like as good a time as any to take a look back at one of the most influential filmmakers of our generation. MTV News has an exclusive look at one of the bonus features on this exciting boxed set, which shows Pam Grier talking about the moment she first learned Quentin Tarantino wanted her to play the title character in "Jackie Brown." "They delivered this manuscript in a manila envelope and it says 'QT' in the corner and there's all these little stamps all over it, and I'm going, 'Okay, I'll open it,' and there it is: 'Jackie Brown,'" she remembers in the clip, which comes from "The World's Greatest Showman" special feature. "So I read it, and there's a note and it says, 'Please read it and call me when you read it.' And I'm reading it, and I'm going, 'Oh my god, it's remarkable, it's extraordinary.'" Grier said she assumed that she would play the role of Samuel L. Jackson's "drugged-out pimp ...
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Larry Womack: Dare We Take a Moment to Actually Praise George Lucas?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The election is over, the Petraeus scandal has already grown far too operatic for my tastes and it's getting very difficult for one to even consider the ravings of the right. So let's take just a few minutes to talk about something really important: George Lucas. A lot of cyberspace has been filled with blind hope and fear about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm these last two weeks, but very little has been devoted to acknowledging the reason for the deal: the enormous debt of gratitude owed by our culture to George Lucas. Don't get me wrong. I know that Star Wars isn't Tokyo Story. I loathed the prequels and some of the special edition changes as much if not more than the next guy. More than that, I am as excited to see Tronned-out versions of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford fight Darth Vader's clone as everybody else. I know that George Lucas would never have made that movie, and that Disney probably will. So, in a completely selfish way, I am a ...
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Pam Grier takes trip down memory lane, with fans' help
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Pam Grier plans on taking a break from fan conventions and autograph signings for a while following her many movie theater and autograph show appearances in the Chicago area this weekend. It's not that the blaxploitation movie legend doesn't enjoy meeting fans. She calls the interaction “rewarding.” It's just that Grier appears to be next in line to get the Hollywood biopic treatment.
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Vegan says flavor needs no flesh
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
When she first started cooking as a "latchkey kid," Pat Greer said she'd always get in trouble for being in the kitchen, which was off limits.
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63 and Still Foxy: Happy [Belated] Birthday to Pam Grier!
The Atlanta Host - over 4 years
An icon!
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Celeb birthdays for the week of May 20-26
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
May 20: Singer Joe Cocker is 68. Singer-actress Cher is 66. Actor Dave Thomas is 63. Musician Warren Cann of Ultravox is 60. Actor Dean Butler (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 56. Guitarist Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s is 54. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 53. Singer Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills is 53. Actor John Billingsley (“Enterprise”) is 52. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 52. Singer Nick Heyward of Haircut 100 is 51. TV personality Ted Allen (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) is 47. Actress Mindy Cohn (“Facts of Life”) is 46. Guitarist Tom Gorman of Belly is 46. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 40. Bassist Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne is 37. Actor Matt Czuchry (“Friday Night Lights,” ”Gilmore Girls”) is 35. Singer-actress Naturi Naughton (3LW) is 28. May 21: Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 71. Guitarist Hilton Valentine of The Animals is 69. Actor Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”) is 67. Keyboardist Bill Champlin (Chicago) is 65. Actress Carol Potter (“Beverly Hills 90210,” ”Sunset Beach”) ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pam Grier
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 61
    She received her Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Langston University. She started the Pam Grier Community Garden and Education Center with the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum.. She lives in Colorado.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 50
    From 2000 to 2008 she dated marketing executive Peter Hempel..
    More Details Hide Details She also dated basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, comics Freddie Prinze, Richard Pryor, and Soul Train host, Don Cornelius.She also had a brief relationship with basketball great Wilt Chamberlain.
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 48
    In 1998 Grier was engaged to music executive Kevin Evans, but the engagement ended in 1999.
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  • 1996
    Age 46
    She appeared in 1996 in John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. and 1997 with the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, films that partly paid homage to her '70s blaxploitation movies.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for numerous awards for her work in the Tarantino film. Grier appeared on Showtime's The L Word, in which she played Kit Porter. The series ran for six seasons and ended in March 2009. Grier occasionally guest-stars in such television series as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (where she is a recurring character). In 2010, Grier began appearing in a recurring role on the hit science fiction series Smallville as the villain Amanda Waller, also known as White Queen, head agent of Checkmate, a covert operations agency. She recently appeared as a friend and colleague to Julia Roberts' college professor in Larry Crowne. In 2010, Grier wrote her memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, with Andrea Cagan.
  • 1994
    Age 44
    In 1994, Grier appeared in Snoop Dogg's video for "Doggy Dogg World".
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1990s, Grier was a cast member of the Showtime series Linc's.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 36
    She had a recurring role in the TV series Crime Story between 1986 and 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Her role in Rocket Gibraltar (1988) was cut due to fears by the film's director, Daniel Petrie, of "repercussions from interracial love scenes". She appeared on Sinbad, Preston Chronicles, The Cosby Show, The Wayans Brothers Show, and Mad TV.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    She had a recurring role on Miami Vice from 1985 to 1989 and made guest appearances on Martin, Night Court and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 17
    Grier moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1967, where she was initially hired as a receptionist at the American International Pictures (AIP) company.
    More Details Hide Details It is believed that she was discovered by director Jack Hill, who cast her in his women in prison films The Big Doll House (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972). While under contract at AIP, she became a staple of early 1970s blaxploitation movies, playing big, bold, assertive women, beginning with Jack Hill's Coffy (1973), in which she plays a nurse who seeks revenge on drug dealers. Her character was advertised in the trailer as the "baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!" The film, which was filled with sexual and violent elements typical of the genre, was a box-office hit. Grier was noted as the first African-American female to headline an action film, as protagonists of previous blaxploitation films were males. In his review of Coffy, critic Roger Ebert praised the film for its believable female lead. He noted that Grier was an actress of "beautiful face and astonishing form" and that she possessed a kind of "physical life" missing from many other attractive Grier subsequently played similar characters in the AIP films Foxy Brown (1974), Sheba, Baby and Friday Foster, (both 1975).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on May 26, 1949.
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