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Pam plays Kit Porter a musician and club owner, who is also Bette's half-sister. Kit is a straight women who is struggling with alcoholism, and trying to get her life in order.

Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 26, 1949 to Air Force mechanic, Clarence Grier, and nurse Gwendolyn Samuels.

Dubbed the "Queen of Blaxploitation," Pam Grier brought a formidable presence to her leading roles in such formulaic, action crowd-pleasers from the 1970's as two of the Jack Hill films Coffy (1973), and Foxy Brown (1974), and William Girdler's Sheba Baby (1975), which were loaded with graphic nudity and liberal bloodletting.

Pam actually got her start in babes-in-bonds exploitation epics churned out by Roger Corman's New World Pictures, The Big Doll House (1971), about a woman's penitentiary and The Big Bird Cage (1972), which led her into a five year contract with Samuel Z. Arkoff of American International Pictures. Also in 1972, Grier squared off against the equally statuesque Margaret Markov in Black Mama, White Mama - an outlandish female version of The Defiant Ones and The Arena (1974), where they played gladiators in Ancient Rome. She followed those up by playing William Marshall's vampire victim in the 'Blacula' sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream! (1973) 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.

During the eighties 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), a no-nonsense cop in The Allnighter (1987), returned to action as Steven Seagal's partner in Above the Law (1988), and portrayed a beleaguered high school teacher in Class of 1999 (1990).

Her most famous role of the 90s was probably Jackie Brown (1997), directed by Quentin Tarantino, which was a homage to her earlier 70s action roles, but she occasionally did supporting roles as in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! (1996), In Too Deep (1999) and her funny performance in Jawbreaker (1999). More recently she appeared in John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) and co-starred with Snoop Doggin Bones (2001). Her career of over thirty years has made her a well-known name in Hollywood.
 


Interesting Facts


** Auditioned for a part in Pulp Fiction, & was considered for the part of Bonnie (Jimmie's wife). She didn't land either role, until Jackie Brown 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.**
**Grier was nominated for a Golden Globe and an NAACP Image Award for her comeback performance in the starring and title role of Jackie Brown.**
**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"**
**Awarded a "Career Achievement Award" at the 34th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. [17 October 1998]**
**She has never been wed, although she has been romantically linked to Richard Pryor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.**
**A couple of Grier's early pictures were filmed in the Philippines. While there she contracted a deadly tropical disease and nearly died. She lost her hair and was temporarily blind for almost a month. It took nearly a year for her to recover.**
**Pam was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and given 18 months to live; she also lost a sister to cancer in 1990, which has had an effect on how she has chosen to live her life.**
**Pam Grier measures up at 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall.**
**Graduated from East High School, Denver, Colorado.**
**Pam is the cousin of pro footballer Roosevelt Grier.
**
 


Actress

The Conjuring (2007) (in production) .... Zelda
"The L Word" (2004) .... Kit Porter
Back in the Day (2005) (V) .... Mrs. Cooper
1st to Die (2003) (TV) .... Claire Washburn
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) .... Flura Nash
Baby of the Family (2002) .... Mrs. Williams
Feast of All Saints (2001) (TV) .... Suzette Lermontant
Bones (2001) .... Pearl
Ghosts of Mars (2001) .... Commander Helena Braddock
Love the Hard Way (2001) .... Det. Linda Fox
3 A.M. (2001) .... George
Wilder (2000) .... Detective Della Wilder
Snow Day (2000) .... Tina
Holy Smoke (1999) .... Carol
In Too Deep (1999) .... Det. Angela Wilson
No Tomorrow (1999) .... Diane
Jawbreaker (1999) .... Detective Vera Cruz
Fortress 2 (1999) .... Susan Mendenhall
Hayley Wagner, Star (1999) (TV) .... Sam
Jackie Brown (1997) .... Jackie Brown
Strip Search (1997) .... Janette
Fakin' Da Funk (1997) .... Annabelle Lee
Mars Attacks! (1996) .... Louise Williams
Family Blessings (1996) (TV) (as Pam Greer) .... Mrs. Quincy
Escape from L.A. (1996) .... Hershe Las Palmas
Original Gangstas (1996) .... Laurie Thompson
Serial Killer (1995) .... Capt. Maggie Davis
Posse (1993) .... Phoebe
A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story (1992) (TV) .... Linda Holman
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) .... Ms. Wardroe
Class of 1999 (1990) .... Ms. Connors
The Package (1989) .... Ruth Butler
Above the Law (1988) .... Delores 'Jacks' Jackson
The Allnighter (1987) .... Sgt. McLeesh
The Vindicator (1986) .... Hunter
Badge of the Assassin (1985) (TV) .... Alexandra 'Alie' Horn
Stand Alone (1985) .... Cathryn Bolan
On the Edge (1985) .... Cora
Tough Enough (1983) .... Myra
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) .... Dust Witch
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
Drum (1976) (as Pamela Grier) .... Regine
Friday Foster (1975) .... Friday Foster
Bucktown (1975) .... Aretha
'Sheba, Baby' (1975) .... Sheba Shayne
Foxy Brown (1974) .... Foxy Brown
The Arena (1974) .... Mamawi
Scream Blacula Scream (1973) .... Lisa
Coffy (1973) .... Coffy
The Twilight People (1973) .... Ayesa, the Panther Woman
Hit Man (1972/I) (as Pamela Grier) .... Gozelda
The Big Bird Cage (1972) .... Blossom
Cool Breeze (1972) (as Pamela Grier) .... Mona
Black Mama, White Mama (1972) .... Lee Daniels
Women in Cages (1971) .... Alabama
The Big Doll House (1971) .... Grear
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) (as Pamela Grier) .... Partygoer


Notable TV Guest Appearances

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Asst. US Attorney Claudia Williams (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
"Justice League" .... My'ria'h (2 episodes, 2002)
"Night Visions" .... Dr. Lewis (1 episode, 2002)
"Strange Frequency" (1 episode, 2001)

"For Your Love" .... Brenda (1 episode, 1999)
"The Wild Thornberrys" .... Mother Springbok (1 episode, 1999)
"Linc's" (1998) TV Series .... Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop
"Mad TV" .... Guest Host (1 episode, 1998)
"Pinky and the Brain" .... Julie Auburn (1 episode, 1998)
"The Wayans Bros." .... Erica (1 episode, 1996)
"Sparks" .... Ms. Grayson (1 episode, 1996)
"The Marshal" .... Major Vanetta Brown (1 episode, 1995)
"Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" (1995) TV Series .... The Empress' Nightingale
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" .... Janice (1 episode, 1994)
"The Sinbad Show" .... Lynn Montgonery (1 episode, 1994)
"Pacific Station" .... Grace Ballard (1 episode, 1992)
"Monsters" (1 episode, 1991)
"Knots Landing" .... Lieutenant Guthrie (2 episodes, 1990)
"Miami Vice" .... Valerie Gordon / ... (3 episodes, 1985-1990)
"Midnight Caller" .... Susan Province (1 episode, 1989)
"Crime Story" .... Suzanne Terry (5 episodes, 1986-1988)
"Frank's Place" .... Neema Sharone (1 episode, 1988)
"The Cosby Show" .... Samantha (1 episode, 1987)
"Night Court" .... Benet Collins (2 episodes, 1986)
"The Love Boat" .... Cynthia Williams (2 episodes, 1980)


Music Video

Snoop Dog ... 'Doggy Dogg World'


Soundtrack

Jackie Brown (1997) (performer: "Long Time Woman" (1971))
The Big Doll House (1971) (performer: "Long-time Woman")



Self

Legends Ball (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"E! True Hollywood Story" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2001-2005)
- Snoop Dogg (2005)
- Miami Vice (2001)

"The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments" (2004) (mini) TV Series .... Herself
Totally Gayer (2004) (TV) .... Herself
"The Wayne Brady Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Episode dated 26 January 2004
2003 Trumpet Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself
A Decade Under the Influence (2003) .... Herself
Jackie Brown: How It Went Down (2002) (V) .... Herself
Baadasssss Cinema (2002) (TV) .... Herself
Diggin' Up 'Bones' (2002) (V) .... Herself
"The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" .... Herself (1 episode, 2001)
- Episode dated 7 August 2001
It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures (2001) .... Herself
The 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards (1999) (TV) .... Herself
"Intimate Portrait" .... Herself (1 episode, 1999)
- Pam Grier (1999)
"Mundo VIP" .... Herself (1 episode, 1998)
- Show nš97 (1998)
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998) (TV)
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1998)
- Episode dated 9 January 1998
"Martin" .... Herself (1 episode, 1995)
- All the Players Came (1995)
The Making of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' (1983) (TV) .... Herself
"Soul Train" .... Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1977)
- Episode #6.24 (1977)
- Aretha Franklin (1973)
- The Chi-Lites/The Honey Cone/G.C. Cameron (1973)

"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" .... Herself (3 episodes, 1973)
- Episode dated 20 August 1973
- Episode dated 10 July 1973
- Episode dated 4 July 1973


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