Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Pam Grier. Check it out!
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House (1971), about a women’s penitentiary, and The Big Bird Cage (1972). Her strong role put her into a five-year contract with Samuel Z. Arkoff of American-International Pictures, and she became a leading lady in action films such as Jack Hill’s Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974), the comic strip character Friday Foster (1975) and William Girdler’s ‘Sheba, Baby’ (1975). She continued working with American-International, where she portrayed William Marshall’s vampire victim in the Blacula (1972) sequel, Scream Blacula Scream (1973).
Interesting Facts about Pam Grier
- Auditioned for a part in Pulp Fiction (1994) and at the time, right after Rosanna Arquette took the nod, was considered for the part of Bonnie (Jimmie’s wife). She didn’t land either role. Then Jackie Brown (1997) came along. Quentin Tarantino renamed the character of Jackie Burke from “Rum Punch” to “Jackie Brown” as an homage to Foxy Brown (1974).
- Profiled in “Women of Blaxploitation: How the Black Action Film Heroine Changed American Popular Culture” by Yvonne D. Sims (McFarland, 2006).
- Graduated from East High School, Denver, Colorado.
- Inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2012-2013.
- Pam was born on exactly the same day as co star Philip Michael Thomas, May 26, 1949.
- She is the first actress to play the DC Comics character Amanda Waller in a live-action adaptation.
- Cousin of Roosevelt Grier.
- Was the first black woman to appear on the cover of MS. Magazine (August 1975 issue).
- Awarded a “Career Achievement Award” at the 34th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. [October 1998]
- She was considered for Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago (2002).
- Sister of Rodney Grier and Gina Grier-Townsie.
- Named as one of Ebony Magazine’s “100 Most Fascinating Women of the 20th Century”.
Personal Quotes by Pam Grier
Today, many people are engaging in same sex relationships and saying they are not gay.- Pam Grier
I came from poverty and was part of those circumstances.- Pam Grier
I’m an Air force Brat and I’ve lived all over the world and this country and there were people in my community who were gay – nurses, hairdressers, designers – people who just had a different way about themselves.- Pam Grier
Well, thank you and that’s for them, but for me, I want to look back at a body of work where when you do the research and you explore the psyche of a character, where she’s been, where she is and where she’s going.- Pam Grier
I do a movie once every four years and they call it a comeback.- Pam Grier