Pam Grier Biography
Pam Grier born Pamela Suzette Grier, is an American actress. She was born May 26, 1949 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Gwendolyn Sylvia and Clarence Ransom Grier, Jr.
She attended East High School and Metropolitan State College. She received her Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2011. That same year, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Langston University.
Pam Grier Age
She was born May 26, 1949.
Pam Grier Husband – Pam Grier Married
Grier was engaged to music executive Kevin Evans in 1998, but the engagement ended in 1999. She dated marketing executive Peter Hempel from 2000 to 2008. Grier dated comedian Richard Pryor in the late 1970’s. She also dated basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, comic Freddie Prinze, and Soul Train host Don Cornelius. She also had a brief relationship with basketball player Wilt Chamberlain. Despite having a number of romantic relationships, she has never been married.
Pam Grier Children – Pam Grier Daughters
She has no children.
Pam Grier Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Pam Grier Ethnicity
Grier has stated that she is of mixed ancestry consisting of African-American, Hispanic, Chinese, Filipino and Cheyenne Indian heritage.
Pam Grier Career
She appeared in a number of stage productions, and participated in beauty contests. In 1967, Grier moved to Los Angeles, California, where she was initially hired as a receptionist at American International Pictures (AIP). While under contract at AIP, she became a staple of early 1970s blaxploitation movies, playing big, bold, assertive women, beginning with Jack Hill’s Coffy (1973), in which she plays a nurse who seeks revenge on drug dealers. Grier subsequently played similar characters in the AIP films Foxy Brown (1974), Sheba, Baby and Friday Foster, (both 1975). It is believed that she was discovered by director Jack Hill, who cast her in his women in prison films The Big Doll House (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972).
Grier appeared in smaller roles for many years. She acquired progressively larger character roles in the 1980s, including a druggie prostitute in Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981), a witch in Something Wicked this Way Comes (1983), and Steven Seagal’s detective partner in Above the Law (1988). She had a recurring role on Miami Vice from 1985 to 1989 and made guest appearances on Martin, Night Court and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She had a recurring role in the TV series Crime Story between 1986 and 1988. Her role in Rocket Gibraltar (1988) was cut due to fears by the film’s director, Daniel Petrie, of “repercussions from interracial love scenes”. She appeared on Sinbad, Preston Chronicles, The Cosby Show, The Wayans Brothers Show, and Mad TV.
In the late 1990s, Grier was a cast member of the Showtime series Linc’s. She appeared in 1996 in John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A. and 1997 with the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Grier appeared on Showtime’s The L Word. The series ran for six seasons and ended in March 2009. Grier occasionally guest-stars in such television series as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2010, Grier began appearing in a recurring role on the hit science fiction series Smallville. She recently appeared as a friend and colleague to Julia Roberts’ college professor in Larry Crowne. In 2010, Grier wrote her memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, with Andrea Cagan.
Pam Grier Movies and TV Shows
Pam Grier Movies
- Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
- The Big Doll House (1971)
- Women in Cages (1971)
- Hit Man (1972)
- The Big Bird Cage (1972)
- Cool Breeze (1972)
- Black Mama White Mama (1973)
- Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
- Coffy (1973)
- The Twilight People (1973)
- The Arena (1974)
- Foxy Brown (1974)
- Sheba, Baby (1975)
- Bucktown (1975)
- Friday Foster (1975)
- Drum (1976)
- Greased Lightning (1977)
- Twilight of Love (1977)
- Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981)
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
- Tough Enough (1983)
- The Vindicator (1984)
- Stand Alone (1985)
- On the Edge (1986)
- The Allnighter (1987)
- Above the Law (1988)
- The Package (1989)
- Class of 1999 (1990)
- Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
- Posse (1993)
- Mars Attacks! (1996)
- Escape from L.A. (1996)
- Original Gangstas (1996)
- Jackie Brown (1997)
- Fakin’ da Funk (1997)
- Holy Smoke! (1999)
- In Too Deep (1999)
- Jawbreaker (1999)
- Snow Day (2000)
- Wilder (2000)
- Fortress 2: Re-Entry (2000)
- Ghosts of Mars (2001)
- Bones (2001)
- The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
- Back in the Day (2005)
- Just Wright (2010)
- The Invited (2010)
- Larry Crowne (2011)
- Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (2012)
- Mafia (2012)
- The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
- Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
- 1979 – Roots: The Next Generations
- 1980 – The Love Boat
- 1985 – Badge of the Assassin
- 1985-1990 – Miami Vice
- 1986 – Night Court
- 1986-1988 – Crime Story
- 1987 – The Cosby Show
- 1988 – Frank’s Place
- 1989 – Midnight Caller
- 1990 – Knots Landing
- 1991 – Monsters
- 1992 – Pacific Station
- 1992 – A Mother’s Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story
- 1994 – In Living Color
- 1994 – The Sinbad Show
- 1994 – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- 1995 – The Marshal
- 1995 – Martin
- 1996 – Sparks
- 1996 – The Wayans Bros.
- 1998 – Mad TV
- 1998 – Pinky and the Brain
- 1998 – Family Blessings
- 1998-2000 – Linc’s
- 1999 – The Wild Thornberrys
- 1999 – Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
- 1999 – Hayley Wagner, Star
- 2001 – The Feast of All Saints
- 2001 – 3 A.M.
- 2002 – Night Visions
- 2002 – Justice League
- 2002-2003 – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- 2003 – First to Die
- 2004-2009 – The L Word
- 2008 – Ladies of the House
- 2010 – Smallville
- 2015 – Cleveland Abduction
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reflects On Relationship W/ Pam Grier Years After She Claimed He ‘Humiliated’ Her
Updated On: 3rd August 2018
*Actress Pam Grier revealed in her 2010 autobiography, “Foxy: My Life In Three Acts” that her relationship with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had her feeling “humiliated” at times.
Grier detailed the many ways he mistreated her as a result of his Muslim faith, which, she says, is what ultimately caused them to call it quits.
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As noted by ILOSM, Pam confirmed in her book that she and Kareem were in their 20’s when they decided to commit to a serious relationship; which ended after he converted to Islam and pressured Grier to change her life, the way she dressed, marry him and give up her Hollywood career.
Pam Grier: “One day, I awaited for my boyfriend-Kareem Abdul Jabbar in his Malibu home, he was returning from several road games and he was now a Muslim. When he came through the door with his friends (they had also converted), I ran up to hug him, he moved back, as if I had bad breath or a contagious skin disease. ‘Nice to see you, Pam,’ he said. And that was it.
Now that they had converted, they could speak to me, but there was no touching allowed. No intimate or personal conversations. In fact, I wasn’t supposed to speak to them at all, unless I was answering specific questions. I stood their awkwardly, when Kareem said in a quiet voice, ‘You’re supposed to leave the room now, Pam.’ I walked out of the room feeling upset and humiliated.”
Pam also recalled when Kareem became furious over her beach attire.
“Suddenly, Kareem was standing at the door to the bedroom grinning, ‘Can you make us some sandwiches?’ he asked. After I made the sandwiches, he said, ‘You have to go now, you can take your sandwich with you.’
I left and walked towards Malibu beach. I changed into a halter top and cutoffs. One of Kareem’s friends saw me and called him.
Kareem was irate when I got back home, and he read me the riot act about disgracing him on the beach. He said, ‘You have to be covered. Arms, legs, and head. Only your hands can be seen.’ Needless to say, our relationship didn’t last much longer after this incident.”
Pam said the final straw was when he told her, “If you don’t commit to me today, I’m getting married at 2:00 this afternoon. She’s a converted Muslim and she’s been prepared for me.”
Kareem responded to her claims in 2015, writing a lengthy statement on Facebook that read:
“Almost half a century ago I became a Muslim. Given my youth and newness to the religion, I embraced the most orthodox teachings because that’s what I was taught. But, like most people, my beliefs and practices evolved over time as I matured. Not many of us would like to be judged by our behavior in our youth. Not many of us can look back on things we said, thought, or did without cringing and wishing we could travel back in time to tell that younger version to wise up.
To set the record straight: I am still a Muslim. I have never regretted that decision. However, my views on what a Muslim is and how he or she should behave have gone through changes.”
According to Kareem, he and Pam didn’t break up because of his religious views.
“Pam and I parted as friends, and the reason we parted was not religion-based but career-based. She was a thriving actress who needed to live in Los Angeles and I was an NBA player living in Milwaukee. Like a lot of couples, we couldn’t make the long-distance relationship work.”
He added: “…To set the record straight: I don’t agree with a lot of things that the twenties Kareem believed. […] I no longer hold those orthodox views and haven’t for decades. […] Christianity itself has gone through several reformations over the centuries. Do most people practice the absolute word of their holy books, or do they practice the spirit?
While I admit to have done a few jerkish things in my twenties, let he or she who is without youthful jerkiness cast the first tweet.”
And there you have it.