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Pam Grier

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... See full bio »
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 2015 Cleveland Abduction (TV Movie)
 2012 Mafia
James Womack
 2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day
Detective Barrick
 2010 The Invited
 2010 Smallville (TV Series)
Amanda Waller
- Sacrifice (2010) ... Amanda Waller
- Checkmate (2010) ... Amanda Waller
 2008 Ladies of the House (TV Movie)
 2005 Back in the Day
Mrs. Cooper
 2003 1st to Die (TV Movie)
Claire Washburn
 2002-2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Asst. US Attorney Claudia Williams
- Pandora (2003) ... Asst. US Attorney Claudia Williams
- Disappearing Acts (2002) ... Asst. US Attorney Claudia Williams
 2002 Baby of the Family
Mrs. Williams
 2002 Justice League (TV Series)
- A Knight of Shadows: Part II (2002) ... My'ria'h (voice)
- A Knight of Shadows (2002) ... My'ria'h (voice)
 2002 Night Visions (TV Series)
Dr. Lewis
- Switch (2002) ... Dr. Lewis
 2001 Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Suzette Lermontant
 2001 Bones
 2001 Strange Frequency (TV Series)
 2001 3 A.M.
 2000 Slow Burn
Detective Della Wilder
 2000 Fortress 2
Susan Mendenhall
 1998-2000 Linc's (TV Series)
Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop / Eleanor / Eleanor Winthrop
- People Like Us (2000) ... Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop
- East Meets West (2000) ... Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop
- I Just Want to Testify (2000) ... Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop
- The Music in Me (2000) ... Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop
- A Dry White Season (2000) ... Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop
 2000 Snow Day
 1999 For Your Love (TV Series)
 1999 Hayley Wagner, Star (TV Movie)
 1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
The Empress' Nightingale
- The Empress' Nightingale (1999) ... The Empress' Nightingale (voice)
 1999 Holy Smoke
 1999 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Mother Springbok
- Stick Your Neck Out (1999) ... Mother Springbok (voice)
 1999 No Tomorrow
 1998 Family Blessings (TV Movie)
Mrs. Quincy (as Pam Greer)
 1998 Pinky and the Brain (TV Series)
Julie Auburn
- Inherit the Wheeze (1998) ... Julie Auburn (voice)
 1997 Fakin' Da Funk
Annabelle Lee
 1997 Strip Search
 1996 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
- Goin' to the Net (1996) ... Erica
 1996 Sparks (TV Series)
Ms. Grayson
- Pillow Talk (1996) ... Ms. Grayson
 1996 Original Gangstas
Laurie Thompson
 1995 Serial Killer (Video)
Capt. Maggie Davis
 1995 The Marshal (TV Series)
Major Vanetta Brown
- Rainbow Comix (1995) ... Major Vanetta Brown
 1995 Murder Was the Case: The Movie (Video short)
Foxxxy Brown (segment "Doggy Dogg World")
 1994 The Sinbad Show (TV Series)
Lynn Montgonery / Lynn Montgomery
- The Telethon (1994) ... Lynn Montgonery
- The Mr. Science Show (1994) ... Lynn Montgomery
 1994 In Living Color (TV Series)
- Mrs. Ikefire (1994)
 1993 Posse
 1992 A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story (TV Movie)
Linda Holman
 1992 Pacific Station (TV Series)
Grace Ballard
- My Favorite Dad (1992) ... Grace Ballard
 1991 Monsters (TV Series)
- Hostile Takeover (1991) ... Matilde
 1990 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Lieutenant Guthrie
- What If? (1990) ... Lieutenant Guthrie
- Dead But Not Buried (1990) ... Lieutenant Guthrie
 1985-1990 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Valerie Gordon
- Too Much, Too Late (1990) ... Valerie Gordon
- The Prodigal Son (1985) ... Valerie Gordon
- Rites of Passage (1985) ... Valerie Gordon
 1989 Midnight Caller (TV Series)
Susan Province
- Blood Red (1989) ... Susan Province
 1986-1988 Crime Story (TV Series)
Suzanne Terry
- Going Home (1988) ... Suzanne Terry
- Seize the Time (1988) ... Suzanne Terry
- Moulin Rouge (1988) ... Suzanne Terry
- Justice Hits the Skids (1986) ... Suzanne Terry
- Old Friends, Dead Ends (1986) ... Suzanne Terry
 1988 Frank's Place (TV Series)
Neema Sharone
- Frank's Place - The Movie (1988) ... Neema Sharone
 1987 The Allnighter
Sgt. McLeesh
 1987 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
- Planning Parenthood (1987) ... Samantha
 1986 Night Court (TV Series)
Benet Collins
- Hurricane: Part 2 (1986) ... Benet Collins
- Hurricane: Part 1 (1986) ... Benet Collins
 1986 On the Edge
 1986 The Vindicator
 1985 Stand Alone
Cathryn Bolan
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Francey
 1977 La notte dell'alta marea
Sandra (as Pamela Grier)
 1976 Drum
Regine (as Pamela Grier)
 1975 Bucktown
 1974 The Arena
 1973 Coffy
 1972 Hit Man
Gozelda (as Pamela Grier)
 1972 The Twilight People
Ayesa - the Panther Woman
 1972 Cool Breeze
Mona (as Pamela Grier)
 1970 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Fourth Woman (as Pamela Grier)
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In the 1980s she performed in the stage play "Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune" with actor Richard Lawson; Grier gained eighty pounds to prepare for this role. The prolific dramatist Terrence McNally authored this play, which was adapted for the screen; See Frankie and Johnny (1991). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 11 Articles | 24 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Pam Greer | Pamela Grier


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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[1/7/06, interview in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution"] I can't talk about myself. I just can't. I know I've influenced people, and I'm proud of that. But as I see it, I really haven't done anything. I haven't saved anybody from a burning building. Foxy Brown actually approached me at the start of her career to ask if she could use the name. I told her, "You didn't need to ask". If you're an ... See more »


While a student at UCLA, she sang back-up for singer-composer Bobby Womack. Interestingly, Womack's composition and 1972 recording of the song "Across 110th Street" was the theme song of the film Jackie Brown (1997), which marked a major comeback for Grier in the starring and title role. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and an NAACP Image Award for her performance. See more »

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