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Pam Grier

Denver-native Pam Grier was the first African-American female to headline a successful action film.

She was discovered while working as a receptionist for American International Pictures in LA and went on to become a staple of ‘70s blaxploitation movies, beginning with the box office hit “Coffy.” Roger Ebert described her as an actress of “beautiful face and astonishing form,” possessing a kind of “physical life” missing from other actresses. She continued her string of successes with “Foxy Brown,” “Friday Foster,” and “Sheba, Baby.” Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Grier appeared in a variety of TV series and films, and then in ‘97, landed the lead in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown.” From ’04-’09, she starred in Showtime’s hit series “The L Word” and last year, released her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.”