May. 26th, 1949
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Pam Grier's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Just Wright
2005 - Back in the Day
2003 - A Decade Under the Influence
2002 - The Adventures of Pluto Nash
2002 - Undercover Brother
2001 - Ghosts of Mars
2001 - Bones
2000 - Snow Day
1999 - Jawbreaker
1999 - In Too Deep
1999 - Holy Smoke
1997 - Jackie Brown
1996 - Original Gangstas
1996 - Mars Attacks!
1996 - Escape from L.A.
1993 - Posse
1991 - Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
1990 - Class of 1999
1989 - The Package
1988 - Above the Law
1986 - On the Edge
1986 - The Vindicator
1983 - Tough Enough
1983 - Something Wicked This Way Comes
1981 - Fort Apache the Bronx
1977 - Twilight of Love
1977 - Greased Lightning
1974 - Foxy Brown
1974 - The Arena
1973 - Scream Blacula Scream
1973 - Black Mama, White Mama
1973 - Coffy
1972 - The Big Bird Cage
1971 - The Big Doll House
1971 - Women in Cages
1970 - Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Guest TV Roles
Asst. US Attorney Claudia Williams
The Empress' Nightingale (Voiced)
Pam was one of four children born to Air Force mechanic Clarence Grier and Gwendolyn Samuels, a nurse. One sister died from cancer in 1990 and the son of that sister committed suicide because of his mother's illness. Pam herself was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and given 18 months to live which has had an effect on how she has chosen to live. She has never been wed, although she has been romantically linked to Richard Pryor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (I) in the past.
- When she met her boyfriend they found out they both grew up in Denver, Colorado. Upon further conversation she found out that he grew up in her house, after her family moved out.
- Profiled in "Women of Blaxploitation: How the Black Action Film Heroine Changed American Popular Culture" by Yvonne D. Sims (McFarland, 2006).
- Measurements: 38-22-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of MS. Magazine (August 1975 issue).
- Her early films such as _Women in Cages (1971)_ (qv) and _The Big Doll House (1971)_ (qv) 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.
- Named as one of Ebony Magazine's "100 Most Fascinating Women of the 20th Century".
- (17 October 1998) Awarded a "Career Achievement Award" at the 34th Annual Chicago International Film Festival.
- Graduated from East High School, Denver, Colorado.