Pam Grier is an actress, author, and humanitarian. Her film career spans five decades, from her women-in-prison films (The Big Doll House (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972)) to 1970s blaxploitation movies (Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974,) Friday Foster and Sheba, Baby (both 1975).) She had numerous film and TV roles in the 1980s, including Fort Apache the Bronx (1981), Something Wicked this Way Comes (1983), and Above the Law (1988), as well as guest appearances on Miami Vice, Martin, Night Court and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and had a recurring role in the TV series Crime Story between 1986 and 1988. She also appeared on Sinbad, Preston Chronicles, The Cosby Show, The Wayans Brother Show and Mad TV. In 1994, Grier appeared in Snoop Doggy Dogg’s video for “Doggy Dogg World.”
She appeared in Sam Shepard’s play Fool for Love and won a 1984 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Play. She won additional awards for stage performances in Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire De Lune by Terrence McNally, and The Piano Lesson by August Wilson.
In the late 1990s Grier was a cast member of the Showtime series, Linc’s. She starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, a film that partly paid homage to her 1970s blaxploitation movies. In 1997, Grier was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress and by the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actress in a Performance for Jackie Brown.
Between 2004-2009, Pam appeared in the Showtime series The L Word as Kit Porter; she also guest-starred as recurring characters in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and on the hit science fiction series Smallville. Recent films include Just Wright, Larry Crowne, and Mafia with Ving Rhames. She is set to film Man With Iron Fists directed By RZA and Eli Roth.
In 2010, she wrote her memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, with Andrea Cagan, which became a New York Times Bestseller, andwon the “Best Memoir of 2010” award from the African American Literary Organization.
In 2011, Grier received her Doctorate of Humane Letters from Maryland University Eastern Shore, an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Langston University, the Golda Meir Leadership Award, and the Entertainment AIDS Alliance Visionary Award.In collaboration with Subaru of America, Inc. and the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, she started the first Pam Grier Community Garden and Education Center in Dallas, Texas.
In 2012, Pam received the Legend Award at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards.
2017 is Pam’s seventh year serving as a spokesperson for Dining Out For Life.
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