Pam Grier is an American professional actress. She gained fame early in the seventies for her leading roles in a series of comedies, including Coffy (1973), The Bodyguard (1974), and Crazy Heart (1975). Other notable roles include Easy Rider (1976), GI Joe: The Movie (1977), and Tombstone (1978). Pam Grier has also received critical acclaim for her roles in the television shows Smallville (2021), Defiance (2021), and Hawaii Five-O (2021).
Pam Grier’s filmography spans the majority of her career, which has spanned parts of four decades. Some of her notable roles include the titular role of Jackie Earle Haley in Coffy, and the supporting role of Marlon Brando in Brando’s seminal drama One Hundred Years of Solitude. Her most recent roles have been in the television series Angel Girl (2021), Chuck (forthcoming), and Mom (forthcoming). Pam Grier was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2021 for her performance in the film Pleasantville.
After enjoying an illustrious career on television, Pam Grier decided to take her love of acting into the world of theatre. She began performing in plays in the early seventies, including A Streetcar Named Desire, and End of Watch. These shows earned her the notice of director Richard Curtis, who was so impressed with Pam’s performance that he decided to bring her into the limelight, offering her the role of Raggedy Ann in his 1972 film Twilight People. The movie did not make a great deal of money, but did become a cult hit. The success of Twilight People led Grier to seek out smaller roles in less popular shows, like Bridesmaids, Bridesmaid Outlines, and eventually Bridesmaids Forever.
Pam Grier Measurements
|Figure Measurements||34-24-34 in|
|Body Size||34 inches|
|Waist Size||24 inches (61 cm)|
|Hips Size||34 inches (87 cm)|
|Shoe Size||6.5 (US)|
|Height||5′ 6″/1.68 m|
|Weight||54 kg/119 lbs|
With each of her Bridesmaids projects, Pam Grier would establish herself as an accomplished actress, whose career would peak in the eighties, when she was cast as the main lead in The Perfect Score. The Lincolns were back together in another popular television film, A Time to Kill. This time, however, Lillian Griers was cast as an evil witch, rather than the beautiful blonde partner of Richard Curtis’ character. This change established Pam Grier as a prominent, memorable star, and paved the way for her other successful projects.
In 1993, Pam Grier received the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role from the academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The accolade was given by the same people who had previously voted her into the Academy of Achievement. Pam Grier is also one of only two women to receive a Best Actress award from the American Film Institute. After this award, Pam Grier received additional acknowledgment from other prestigious film critics, including Variety, Time, and the Los Angeles Times. Not to mention, that during this time, no other female performer was nominated for a Best Actress award from the academy.
After receiving the Best Actress award for her performances in both The Perfect Score and A Time to Kill, Pam Grier began a decades-long career of playing leading ladies in films that challenged stereotypical gender roles. One example of this is her appearance in the critically acclaimed 1971 film The Big Doll House (also directed by Richard Fleischer). Her breakout role earned her the role of the evil Queen Elizabeth, in one of the most controversial films of its time. Despite these successes, no woman has been able to surpass Pam Grier’s seven-year career span in the acting business.