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As the queen of the 1970s blaxploitation movies, Grier stands assured that her as-told-to autobiography will be welcomed by film-studies collections high and low. Iconic for her roles in such gems of the genre as Coffy and Foxy Brown, Grier has also appeared in mainstream films, the likes of Fort Apache the Bronx and Mars Attacks. Her blaxploitation efforts were made on shoestring budgets without much time for rehearsal or nuance, but when given a much meatier role—the title character in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown—she turned in a spectacular performance (unfortunately, that excellent film was overlooked in the wake of Tarantino’s signature work, Pulp Fiction). Grier describes making the low-budget films, in which she often portrayed a tough but beautiful woman involved in a ludicrous plot, and also such noncommercial events as her 1974 night out with John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, and Peter Lawford, during which she was ejected from the Troubadour, an “in” spot at the time, though at least in the company of pop-culture royalty. --Mike Tribby


"Pam Grier is a survivor." (USA Today)

"[an] iconic actress" (Publishers Weekly)

"The foremost goal of any celebrity memoir is to capture the personality of its subject, and this Foxy does. The wide-eyed dignity of its voice is that of Pam Grier, and the book, like her, is not only inspiring-which we knew already-but immensely lovable, as well." (Kirkus 2010-01-00)

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446548502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446548502
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Angelia Menchan on April 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I became a fan of Pam Grier's movies as a teenager in the 1970's. I was old enough to see R-Rated movies and I was fascinated by a female militant type actress. My friends and I spent many Saturdays watching her movies then coming home and talking about how `bad' she was. My friends even called me `Coffy' due to our shared height, slight tooth gap, brown skin and yards of curly hair. So, of course, I was delighted to be asked to review her memoir. FOXY: My Life in Three Acts.

I absolutely enjoyed the honest, `talky' way in which Ms. Grier wrote her memoirs. The first act focused on her childhood and the relationships she had with the people in her life. Particularly influential, was the work ethic and strength of her mother, and the fiery, fighting spirit of her aunt, Mennon. I could literally visualize Pam's mother working on a degree in nursing and purchasing a home while her father was a way in the Air Force. This act also covered the molestation Pam suffered at age six by her cousins. I could feel her pain wafting from the pages but also she made it clear why she never told anyone. It really brought out how the act of molestation is not `new' and that children should be able to tell someone.

Act Two discusses her life as young adult and her work ethic and how she became an actress. Also discussed are her relationship with Kareem Abdul Jabar and how his becoming a member of the Nation of Islam came between them. She also had relationships with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Richard Prior that ended due to their drug usage. Grier was very honest about her relationships without being salacious or telling every dirty detail. I really admired that component of the book. It proved it is not necessary to drag anyone through the mud to tell your story.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Philip Brice on April 29, 2010
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I read this book in record time. Ms. Grier shares her life in an entertaining and easy to understand way. I had the pleasure to see her in Newark, N.J. at a film festival several years ago. After a screening of Friday Foster, she spoke for a while and I was mesmerized. My son was able to get on the stage and she hugged him and signed a photo for him which made a proud kid. She was so nice to him and I really appreciated that.

The book gives the good and bad and she seems to be very honest about it. I am very happy that she is healthy and getting ready to make a new movie with Julia Roberts.
Buy this book and you will not be disappointed. You will not put it down.

I am going to put Coffy in my DVD machine now and get a flashback to my younger days.

Thanks Ms. Grier !!!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T.C. on April 21, 2010
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I have obtained a copy of Pam Grier's book, and I must say that it is great! I was up reading it all night because it was a page turner! I must admit that it was, at times, shocking and tear jearking; but I am very impressed with how open and honest she was in her memoir. I wish there was a part 2! I recommend this book for any of her fans who want to know more about her. It is a must read! There was only one part that I wish she would have touched on in her book, but she did not; and that is why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Other than that, she did a great job! GO Pam!

From: The #1 P.G. fan (nope, Tarantino is #2).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DEWEY M. VINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
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I became fascinated with Pam Grier after seeing her in the films "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown." I loved her as those characters, but I wanted to know about the real person behind those personas. Well, it takes a tough lady to play a tough lady. Like the strong cinema heroines she has vividly brought to life, Pam is an amazing survivor. And, as she tells in this memoir, she has survived a lot.
Her father, Clarence Grier, was in the Army so she grew up in various places around the United States. Pam tells many tales of discrimination and segregation during the 1950's. Perhaps the happiest period in Pam's early life was the two years Pam and her family lived in England, where discrimination and segregation were not issues of daily life. Her amazing mother, Gwendolyn, taught her to "forgive" discrimination. Pam writes, "My mother showed me that while prejudice may be alive and kicking in some areas of the world, we are in reality a multracial world that requires great patience and understanding." Her mother, not wanting Pam to be dependent on any man for survival, stressed the importance of a good education.
After he retired, Pam's father divorced her mother and abandoned his entire family. Yet, whatever crisis Pam's family faced (and there were several) they always survived somehow. Pam originally intended to go to UCLA and study film. After winning second place in a beauty contest, she was approached by a Hollywood agent. Anxious to escape after surviving two devastating rapes, Pam gambled on Hollywood. While working as a receptionist at AIP Studios, she was approached to star in "The Big Doll House." Pam figured she could apply the $500 a week she would make on this overseas quickie towards UCLA.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rmcrae on May 6, 2010
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Pam Grier is a strong woman. I knew her from Foxy Brown, but I was a clean slate when it came to her personal life. Now that I know her story, I bow to her. The book was hard to put down and I finished it in less than 2 days. Strong, humble, and kind, she's been through alot, but managed to come out on the other side. She was viciously gang raped at the tender age of 6 and raped again at 18, but fought back when threatened with sexual harm as an adult. She doesn't spend too much time on her iconic role as Foxy Brown, but you see that her tough "take no mess" attitude existed long before she starred in that movie. Kudos to the sista!
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