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10 Reasons Pam Grier's Birthday is Worth Celebrating

By Marc Bernardin

The grande dame of blaxploitation cinema, Pam Grier was — during her ‘70s heyday — an uncompromising figure of feminine power. She got her start doing women-in-prison films, which often found her in various stages of undress, before defining the female heroine in movies like 1973’s Coffy, 1974’s Foxy Brown and 1975’s Sheba, Baby. That renowned aficionado of all things vintage and cool, Quentin Tarantino, gave her career a second-act shot in the arm when he cast her as the lead in 1997’s Jackie Brown.

So, as she turns 66 today, raise a glass.