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Pam Grier

Grier at a reception for “An Evening with Pam Grier” at the Canadian Film Centre in 2012.
Born Pamela Suzette Grier
(1949-05-26) May 26, 1949 (age 67)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
Nationality American
Education East High School
Metropolitan State College
Occupation Actress
Years active 1970–present
Known for Coffy Coffin in Coffy – 1973
Foxy Brown in Foxy Brown – 1974
Sheba Shayne in Sheba Baby – 1975
Friday Foster in Friday Foster – 1975
Jackie Brown in Jackie Brown – 1997
Partner(s) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1970–73)
Richard Pryor (1975–78)
Kevin Evans (1997–99)
Awards San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress – Jackie Brown

I love working with a lot of different films and a lot of different people.
Pam Grier
I do a movie once every four years and they call it a comeback.
Me, sexy? I'm just plain ol' beans and rice.
You can be on top of everything, and the next minute, you're going to be on the bottom.
Pam Grier
The first movie that I saw was Godzilla and I loved it.
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
Does a black person make them an African American? No. There are Hispanics that are very, very dark skinned so the word has lost its meaning, it's not a very concise or proper word to use even today and it wasn't then.
Pam Grier
And as I reinvent myself and I'm constantly curious about everything, I can't wait to see what's around the corner in newfound art and entertainment and exploration.
Pam Grier
Well who's black and what is a black person?
There are just certain realities about our world and I just happen to be creative within it.
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Each time you do a film you gain a lot of experience and build a visual resume where people get to know who you are.
Pam Grier
My people were homesteading in Colorado before Emancipation.
I love science fiction.
I've never considered myself to be beautiful, and I still don't.
It's always fun to put on bell bottoms and have your butt hanging out and hip huggers.
Pam Grier
I like to do all kinds of films.
I thought I would be Sheena of the Jungle as a little girl.
Oh, there's going to be debate because you're dealing with the Bible and religion is supposed to be separate from state and that to me is already a conflict before it even hits the gay issue.
Pam Grier
My family was very, very receptive to all; all races, religions.
I came from poverty and was part of those circumstances.
Today, many people are engaging in same sex relationships and saying they are not gay.
Pam Grier
But I just loved looking at the clothes of the '70s.
I really do not care if it is a B-movie or not.
I grew up in a family where we weren't allowed to talk about beauty or to put any emphasis on physical appearance.
Pam Grier
I like serious films, the moneymaking blockbusters that don't make any kind of sense and John Carpenter films.
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
There are just certain realities about our world and I just happen to be creative within it.
Pam Grier
I am really blessed and very grateful for it.
It makes me forget that I'm not going to be a major star and lead female in films whether it was 20 years ago, 10 years ago, five or in the future.
Pam Grier
I don't know how I did it, but I worked 7 days a week.
This whole beauty thing is something I've never comprehended.
I don't believe that I should just do A-movies, I just do the work as an artist.
Pam Grier
Driving a cab is not really a nurturing type of relationship. You take people and they tip you, they may not tip you, you don't know their names, they don't care about you, you don't care about them.
Pam Grier
I love the hip-hop nation.
Women are allowed more freedoms and we're fighting for more freedoms, we're experiencing more freedoms won.
Pam Grier
That's what he was saying, the civil rights movement – judge me for my character, not how black my skin is, not how yellow my skin is, how short I am, how tall or fat or thin; It's by my character.
Pam Grier