Foxy by Pam Grier
My Life in Three Acts

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Some may know her as hot, gutsy, gun-totin' Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown. Others may know her from her role as Kit Porter on The L Word. But that only defines one part of the legend that is Pam Grier.

Foxy is Pam's testimony of her life, past and present. In it, she reveals her relationships with Richard Pryor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Freddie Prinze Sr., among others. She unveils her experiences as a backup singer and a blaxploitation star. In particularly candid and shocking chapters, she shares-for the first time-her view of those films and the persecution that blacks, especially women, needed to endure to make a name for themselves . . . including how it felt to be labeled one of the most beautiful women alive, yet not be permitted to try on clothes in a department store because of the color of her skin. And in words sure to inspire many, she tells the story of her ongoing battle with cancer.

From her disappointments to her triumphs, nothing is held back. With FOXY, Pam wishes to impart life lessons to her readers-and hopes to touch their hearts.
 

About Pam Grier

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Pam Grier started her career in the early 1970s, starring in a string of moderately successful women-in-prison films and blaxploitation films, and has generally remained in the public eye, starring in movies such as Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Jackie Brown. After taking a short break from Hollywood, Pam returned to films in the 80s, like Fort Apache the Bronx, Something Wicked this Way Comes, and Above the Law. She also made a guest appearances on Miami Vice and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Pam also played Kit Porter on the controversial hit show "The L Word" on Showtime. She occasionally guest-stars in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where she plays a recurring character. She spends her free time on her ranch in Colorado.
 
Published April 16, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 267 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The regret still burns through as she recounts her failed struggle to carve out a space for herself between her love for Abdul-Jabbar and his love for God.

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Yes, they wanted to marry her, but Grier kept her cool and her distance, as Jackie Brown might have done.

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PopMatters

As if an aside from story of Abdul-Jabbar, Grier resorts back to her present voice, giving stern advice about young girls having sex too early: “I want to be clear hear that I appreciate good sex as much as the next person.

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Austin Chronicle

After the success of Coffy, Hill returned to direct Grier the following year in Foxy Brown, the film that would end up cementing Grier's image as the female icon of the Blaxploitation movement, both outshining and outlasting Tamara Dobson's Cleopatra Jones.

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Time Out New York

Grier's follow-up to Coffy, also scripted and directed by Hill, lacks all the fine, subversive qualities she lent that film.

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Time Out New York

Grier's follow-up to Coffy, also scripted and directed by Hill, lacks all the fine, subversive qualities she lent that film.

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Eurweb

*Pam Grier, who manages to exude toughness and sensuality in equal measure, has also managed to embody many of the cultural shifts of the last 40 years.

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Fred Beauford

In the chapter “Going Gospel,” Grier talks about her love of gospel music and the racist teachers who refused to teach her to read music, sing, or dance.

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APOOO Bookclub

The first act focused on her childhood and the relationships she had with the people in her life.

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Book Blogs

Beautiful, bold, and bad, Pam Grier burst onto the movie scene in the 1970s, setting the screen on fire and forever changing the country's view of African American actresses.

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