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2012-2013 Hall of Fame Inductee
Pam Grier, Colorado

Actress Pamela Suzette Grier was born on May 26, 1949, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a mechanic in the United States Air Force. Due to her father's job, the family moved around from base to base often during Grier's childhood, including spending several years in England, before settling down in Denver, Colorado, after her father left the military.  Grier's childhood was spent growing up in Denver, Colorado, spawned her love of the Western way of life at an early age.

In 1967, Grier entered the Colorado state competition for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant and placed third. She then entered another beauty contest at a Colorado Springs hotel where she was spotted by agent Dave Baumgarten, who invited her to travel to Hollywood to try her hand at acting. After initially declining, Grier eventually decided to accept the offer at the encouragement of her mother.  She soon landed her first role. Grier quickly established herself as a staple of the so-called "blaxploitation" films of the 1970s—films specifically geared toward African-American audiences that played heavily on black stereotypes. Grier landed her breakthrough role as the title character—"the baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town"—in Coffy (1973). The next year she delivered her most iconic performance to date in Foxy Brown. In 1975, Grier scored another hit with Sheba Baby.  In the 1980s, Grier broke through into a couple of mainstream blockbusters with roles opposite Paul Newman in Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981) and opposite Steven Seagal in Above the Law (1988). In 1997, Quentin Tarantino chose Grier to play the titular role in his acclaimed film Jackie Brown. Portraying a flight attendant caught up in a crime scheme, Grier received rave reviews and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance. Propelled by Jackie Brown, Grier enjoyed a late-career revival on the TV series The L Word (2004-2009) and Smallville (2010).

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