Pam Grier best known for her tough, mean, badass persona in the 1970’s blaxploitation films still packs quite a punch. These films were primarily aimed at the African Americans and based
|Date of Birth||May 26, 1949 (age 67), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States|
|Parents||Clarence Grier, Gwendolyn Grier|
|Siblings||Rodney Grier, Gina Grier-Townsie|
|Education||East High School, Metropolitan State University of Denver|
|Net worth||$10 Million|
on stereotypes of African American urban neighbourhoods. She has always been a phenomenal actress and quite the legend of her time. Grier took the advantage of sex, guns and even furniture to fight and win in 1970s classics such as “Foxy Brown” and “Coffy.” Grier, now 66 quotes, “People see me as a strong black figure, and I’m proud of that”.
Childhood of Pam Grier
She was born in the year 1949 on 26th of May. She was born in a place called Winston-Salem, which lies in North Carolina of United States of America. Her parents are Clarence Grier and Gwendolyn Grier and she has two siblings; Gina Grier-Townsie and Rodney Grier. She quotes,” But I’m a mix of several races: Hispanic, Chinese, and Filipino. My dad was black, and my mom was Cheyenne Indian”. She was raised as a Catholic and baptized a Methodist.
Early Life and Success Journey
She grew up in Colorado and continued to live there even when she stopped making movies. The daughter of an Air Force mechanic and a nurse, her rural upbringing played a large role in who she grew up to be and her personality. Her grandfather was the first feminist and he taught her to fish and inspired her to get educated. However there is a darker side to her story. At age 6, Grier was raped by two boys when she was left unattended at her aunt’s house. At 19, Grier dropped out of Metropolitan State College of Denver as she began to be cast in several movies. But she made sure never forgot her feminist upbringing.She made her stand as a strong independent woman amidst a series of tough guys and white supremacists.
Career Growth & Milesstones in Movies
She gained her stardom with “Foxy Brown” but controversy never left her. She became a symbol of black women empowerment and hence attracted a lot of unwanted attention. The strong woman she portrayed apparently threatened the egos of white and black men alike. Patriarchy never failed to make its presence felt. As Quoted by Director Quentin Tarantino while promoting his 1997 film JACKIE BROWN “Pam Grier might have been the first female action star.” Pam Grier made a way for African American women as well as women of all races. In 1967, Grier entered the Colorado state competition for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant and placed third.
She was spotted by agent Dave Baumgarten at another beauty pageant who invited her to move to Hollywood to participate in acting in the movies. She quickly established a career in “blaxploitation” films of the 1970s. Her films have often been criticized for portraying black characters negatively but she maintains her stand by saying they only exposed the ugly side of such communities.
Books & Autobiography of Pam
She has written her own autobiography titled “Foxy: My Life In Three Acts” which is in talks for being made into a movie.
Achievements & Awards Won
Her greatest achievement was no doubt being able to battle cervical cancer successfully and emerge a survivor. Apart from that her film Jacky Brown received several nominations such as San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, Empire Award for Best Actress, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Satellite Award for Best Actress ,Saturn Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
Personal Life and Marriage Status
Throughout her career she has been involved in several marriages but none of them have worked out till date.