G is for Pam Grier!
One of my favorite “breaking in to the business”stories – Pam Grier came to Los Angeles in the late 60’s and got a job as a receptionist at American International Pictures. Director Jack Hill liked her and the way she looked and cast her in his women in prison movie The Big Doll House in 1971, and again in its follow-up The Big Bird Cage in 1972. A star was born!
AIP signed her to a contract, and she quickly became a huge star in the blaxploitation genre with some terrific flicks showcasing her talents and voluptuous beauty. She worked steadily in the 70’s for AIP in titles like Foxy Brown; Coffy; Black Mama, White Mama; Scream Blacula Scream; The Arena; and Friday Foster.
After the blaxploitation cycle had run its course, Grier continued acting, appearing in small roles here and there, but making notable impressions with her performances in Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) and Something Wicked This Way Comes. (1983)
She had a recurring role in Miami Vice in the mid-80’s, then came back into the spotlight on the Big Screen as Steven Seagal’s police partner in Above the Law. (1988).
The 90’s brought more fun roles and genre work, with notable titles like Escape from L.A, Class of 1999, Mars Attacks, Posse, and the awesome Original Gangstas, which teamed her with blaxploitation legends Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, and Ron O'Neal.
|Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, and Jim Brown in Larry Cohen's Original Gangstas (1996).|
|Brown, Ron O'Neal, Richard Roundtree, Grier, and Williamson.|
A sight to make any action junkie's heart skip a beat.
Quentin Tarantino cast Pam Grier in the title role of Jackie Brown in 1997, and the part fit her like a glove, bringing her a new legion of fans and the best notices of her career, including several award nominations.
Pam Grier continues to act, with her most recent appearance in The Man with the Iron Fists. Standing out as one of my favorite action stars, I highly recommend you check out some Pam Grier movies right away!
H is our next destination - but that's tomorrow - and until then you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!