May 26, Birthplace: An Air Force mechanic's daughter, she was raised on military bases in England and Germany. Named first runner-up, she attracted the attention of Hollywood agent David Baumgarten, who signed her to a contract. After relocating to Los Angeles, Grier struggled to mount an acting career, and worked as a switchboard operator at the studios of Roger Corman's American International Pictures. For several years, Grier languished virtually unnoticed in grindhouse fare like 's Women in Cages and 's Arena aka Naked Warriors before winning the title role in Hill's action outing Coffy.
The Colorado-residing actress is known for her bad-ass roles in blaxploitation films like Foxy Brown and Coffy, which are both screening tonight as part of the Crest Film Series at Crossroads Theater. In advance of the screening, we took a look at the top five ass-kicking roles from Pam Grier's vast and colorful acting career. Nurse "Coffy" Coffin in Coffy The ass-kicking: As a nurse named Coffin, Grier sends many to theirs in this revenge flick. Avenging her drug-addict sister, Grier goes after the drug lords of her town, shooting a crooked city councillor in the groin and killing men with a hairpin plucked from her Afro. As the successor to a voodoo queen in this horror movie, Grier is no weak final girl. Instead, she kicks the ass of Blacula billed in the trailer as "Dracula's soul brother" using the magic of voodoo.
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