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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown
(1997)
Escape from L.A.
Escape from L.A. Hershe Las Palmas
(1996)
Ghosts of Mars
Ghosts of Mars Commander Helena Braddock
(2001)
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
(1991)

Filmography

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 2017/X Rose
Lily
 2017 Bad Grandmas
Coralee
 2015 Cleveland Abduction (TV Movie)
Carla
 2012 Mafia
James Womack
 2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day
Detective Barrick
 2011 Larry Crowne
Frances
 2010 The Invited
Zelda
 2010 Just Wright
Janice Wright
 2010 Smallville (TV Series)
Amanda Waller
- Sacrifice (2010) ... Amanda Waller
- Checkmate (2010) ... Amanda Waller
- Absolute Justice (2010) ... Amanda Waller
 2004-2009 The L Word (TV Series)
Kit Porter
- Last Word (2009) ... Kit Porter
- Last Couple Standing (2009) ... Kit Porter
- Lactose Intolerant (2009) ... Kit Porter
- Litmus Test (2009) ... Kit Porter
- Leaving Los Angeles (2009) ... Kit Porter
 2008 Ladies of the House (TV Movie)
Birdie
 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)
My'ria'h
- 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 (segment "Switch")
- Cargo/Switch (2002) ... Dr. Lewis (segment "Switch")
 2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Flura Nash
 2001 The Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Suzette Lermontant
 2001 Bones
Pearl
 2001 Strange Frequency (TV Series)
 2001 Ghosts of Mars
Commander Helena Braddock
 2001 Love the Hard Way
Det. Linda Fox
 2001 3 A.M.
George
 2000 Slow Burn
Detective Della Wilder
 2000 Fortress 2
Susan Mendenhall
 1998-2000 Linc's (TV Series)
Eleanor Braithwaite 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
Tina
 1999 For Your Love (TV Series)
Brenda
 1999 Hayley Wagner, Star (TV Movie)
Sam
 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
Carol
 1999 In Too Deep
Det. Angela Wilson
 1999 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Mother Springbok
- Stick Your Neck Out (1999) ... Mother Springbok (voice)
 1999 No Tomorrow
Diane
 1999 Jawbreaker
Detective Vera Cruz
 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 Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown
 1997 Fakin' Da Funk
Annabelle Lee
 1997 Strip Search
Janette
 1996 Mars Attacks!
Louise Williams
 1996 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
Erica
- Goin' to the Net (1996) ... Erica
 1996 Sparks (TV Series)
Ms. Grayson
- Pillow Talk (1996) ... Ms. Grayson
 1996 Escape from L.A.
Hershe Las Palmas
 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 Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggy Dogg World (Video short)
Foxy Brown
 1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Janice
 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
Phoebe
 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 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Ms. Wardroe
 1991 Monsters (TV Series)
Matilde
- Hostile Takeover (1991) ... Matilde
 1990 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Lieutenant Guthrie
- What If? (1990) ... Lieutenant Guthrie
- Dead But Not Buried (1990) ... Lieutenant Guthrie
 1990 Class of 1999
Ms. Connors
 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
 1989 The Package
Ruth Butler
 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 Above the Law
Delores 'Jacks' Jackson
 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)
Samantha
- 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
Cora
 1986 The Vindicator
Hunter
 1985 Badge of the Assassin (TV Movie)
Alexandra 'Alie' Horn
 1985 Stand Alone
Cathryn Bolan
 1983 Tough Enough
Myra
 1981 Fort Apache the Bronx
Charlotte
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Cynthia Wilbur
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Francey
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Francey
 1977 Greased Lightning
Mary
 1977 La notte dell'alta marea
Sandra (as Pamela Grier)
 1976 Drum
Regine (as Pamela Grier)
 1975 Friday Foster
Friday Foster
 1975 Bucktown
Aretha
 1975 'Sheba, Baby'
Sheba Shayne
 1974 Foxy Brown
Foxy Brown
 1974 The Arena
Mamawi
 1973 Scream Blacula Scream
Lisa Fortier
 1973 Coffy
Coffy
 1973 Black Mama White Mama
Lee Daniels
 1972 Hit Man
Gozelda (as Pamela Grier)
 1972 The Big Bird Cage
Blossom
 1972 The Twilight People
Ayesa - The Panther Woman
 1972 Cool Breeze
Mona (as Pamela Grier)
 1971 Women in Cages
Alabama
 1971 The Big Doll House
Grear
 1970 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Fourth Woman (as Pamela Grier)
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Other Works:

Sang background vocals on two albums by singer/composer Bobby Womack ("Communication"-1971-United Artists Records and "Understanding"-1972-United Artists Records). 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

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

(On the emotional back-story of how she landed Mars Attacks! (1996)) I was familiar with the comic book, and Tim Burton had called me to audition, but one of my dogs was dying of cancer, so I wasn't in the frame of mind to audition to do that role. So I said, "I can't," and I turned down Tim Burton. And I remember one of my dearest friends who I knew before he became an actor - Michael Keaton, ... See more »

Trivia:

Her early films such as Women in Cages (1971) and The Big Doll House (1971) 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. See more »

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Gemini

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