Warning: This is a lengthy post.
Pam Grier is an African American actress who is widely known for her Blaxploitation films. Born to parents who were of African American, Hispanic, Chinese and Native American ancestry, Pam had a somewhat stable childhood. At the age of six, she was gang raped by two teenage boys when she was left alone at one of her aunt’s house. That unfortunate experience would later alter the person she would become.
Pam stated that for years, her family blamed themselves for her rape and at times she even blamed herself. Why? Because she was raped again years later. Pam became angry and promiscuous as she tried her best to cope and heal from her rapes. Pam would eventually channel some of that anger into her films; films that were highly explicit and violent towards men in particular.
Pam was known for her nude scenes which made her extremely popular during the height of Blaxploitation films. It was a given that no matter what movie she appeared in, she’d end up showing her body. I personally think a lot of that had to do with her being raped multiple times. Now, Pam is the opposite of the person she once was and the characters she often portrayed on the big screen. She’s a homebody who loves to read, write and cook. She’s an author too!
Pam came close to marrying late actors / comedians Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze at different points in her life, but due to their drug issues at the time she refused to marry them. It would’ve made her complicated life more complicated.
Pam has endured traumatic rapes, frequent sexual harassment and she almost fell into a dangerous life of drug and alcohol abuse. Despite all that, she’s thriving now and living her best life and you know what? Good for her. She’s finally found her peace.
Until next time…