Informative Essay On Pam Grier

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Pam Grier: The Baddest One-Chick Hit Squad

Pamela Suzette Grier was born on May 26TH, 1949 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Sylvia Samuels, a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier, a mechanic and Technical Sergeant in the US Air Force. She moved frequently throughout her childhood due to her father's military career, but the family eventually settled in Denver, where she attended both secondary school and college. In order to raise money for tuition for her sophomore year, Grier entered several beauty pageants around the state and even earned second runner up in the 1967 Miss Colorado Pageant – it was there that she was discovered by an agent who urged her to take up acting and she quickly moved to Los Angeles with her aunt and cousin, Rosey Grier, a pro-football player and actor, in 1968 to pursue a career.

Pam worked several jobs upon her arrival in Los Angeles, but it was a receptionist job with American International Pictures that led to her discovery by director Jack Hill, who cast her in his women in prison films The Big Doll House (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972). (Shortly before that, she was also given a role in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a film released in 1970 that was written by Roger Ebert and directed by Russ Meyer, but her part was small and allowed for limited screen time. Her breakout role was in Coffy, Jack Hill's Blaxplotation film about a nurse and vigilante, played by Grier, who seeks revenge on the drug dealers who lured her sister into a life of debauchery. Her character was lauded as "baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!" and despite the film's sexual and violent elements, it was a box office hit. Grier was the first African American female to headline an action film and she is credited as the woman who paved the way for current female actions stars like Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, and more specifically the new wave of black female action heroes like Taraji P. Henson, who plays a kick-ass hit woman who's dressed to kill in Proud Mary. Throughout the 1970s, she played the lead in several other Blaxploitation films produced by AIP like Foxy Brown (1974), Sheba Baby, and Friday Foster (which were both released in 1975.)

In the late 1970s, the

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