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Foxy: My Life in Three Acts

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  448 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Some may know her as hot, gutsy, gun-totin' Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown. Others may know her from her role as Kit Porter on The L Word. But that only defines one part of the legend that is Pam Grier.

Foxy is Pam's testimony of her life, past and present. In it, she reveals her relationships with Richard Pryor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Freddie Prinze S
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2010)
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Feb 10, 2014 Buggy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Buggy by: First Reads win
Shelves: bio-memoir, shelf-10, arc
Opening Line: "I was snuggled in my mother's arms in the backseat of the old Buick. My Dad's Air Force buddy was at the wheel, driving us from Fort Dix Air Force Base to Colarado, where Dad was being transfered."

Unlike most people reviewing this book, I actually knew next to nothing about 70’s B-movie and Blaxploitation star Pam Grier before I began. I’d only ever seen her in Jackie Brown and knew that Quentin Tarantino had written the role exclusively for her. However after receiving this book
I agree with 1/3 to 1/2 of what Pam Grier stands for. I usually don't read books about celebrities, but when I found her autobiography I was curious because I always wondered why a woman who was so physically beautiful never got married. Nonetheless, in America it is very difficult to find men who are marriage material especially if you're an African American woman. You can be the most beautiful of "princesses" here, but if you are an African American woman you may never be able to find a man wh ...more
I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this at the library conference. When I saw it I just about died because I've always loved Pam Grier!

I always thought she was great, but this book opened my eyes to her very interesting life. Her personal history is so unique and profound, growing up in the 50s and 60s in the southwest, and her involvement in civil rights as a teen and early 20s in California. I loved all the stories she told, happy and sad, and felt completely connected to her life.
Kimberly Hicks
Pam Grier is a remarkable woman. My God, I cannot believe all she went through in her life. We, as audience members, on the outside looking in, always think that celebrities have such a great life, and although Pam has a good life, this woman has gone through some horrible tragedies. A woman who has never been married, never had children, but has had some great loves. I was shocked to learn whom she had lengthy relationships, starting with Kareem Abdul Jabar, Freddie Prinze and Richard Pryor, to ...more
I remember back in the 1970's going to the drive in theater and seeing Pam Grier in the movies. I thought Foxy Brown was great. It was very inspiring to a teenage girl to see strong woman role in the movies. So I was very excited to get the chance to review her memoirs. Pam Grier wrote the book in a way that seems like she is just chatting and telling you what her life is about. Which makes the book a enjoyable personal read. Her memoirs help to bring to life many of the every day difficulties f ...more
I have always known of Pam Grier, but I didn't really become familiar with her until I started watching The L Word, one of the best shows of all time. I was excited to read her book because I loved her so much on that show. The book was good and has it's interesting parts, but she is a little too squeaky clean and wholesome. Which is good, but doesn't really make for a good book. I love her morals and her feminist ideals but she must have done something wrong that she regretted during her 60+ ye ...more
D Books
I truly enjoyed this book. It was a real page turner. Without knowing anything about her, you would probably think she lived the perfect Hollywood life….a life that you could only dream of having. She came from very humble beginnings; had quite a few ups and downs in life; and maintains her feet on solid ground. You’ll find abuse, heartbreak, and inspiration in this book. Two of the take-away points that I found helpful in this book were (1) when Pam warns about being careful not to “find” yours ...more
I have never seen any blaxploitation movies, but when I caught the Samuel L. Jackson remake of Shaft on TV, my interest in the genre was piqued. To this end, a friend lent me this book, which happened to be an advanced copy. I really enjoyed it; I hadn't really known anything about her life and work. The writing style is very casual and chatty, and that might turn some people off (one of the reasons I gave it three stars) and like said friend mentioned, it does devolve into a bit of name-droppin ...more
Ms. Grier has had a fascinating and turbulent life and she describes it candidly and modestly. It was easy to root for her as she disclosed her experiences with discrimination, sexism, illness, and failed romances with not a shred of whining, blaming, or self-pitying to be found. Ms. Grier seems like a humble, approachable person and she writes as if she's telling you her life story over tea. It was inspiring to read about a woman who lives her life with integrity, determination, optimism and a ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book (ok, I read the entire thing in one evening, not even noticing the time was passing so quickly!) and was really moved by Pam Grier's resiliency and optimism. I also enjoyed her upbeat descriptions of things she enjoyed (traveling to different countries, meeting interesting people...). I haven't seen many of her movies, but I'm inspired to watch more by her descriptions of how much work she puts into developing her characters. I also enjoyed her strong feminist ...more
Since I've been a fan of Pam Grier's for some time now, this book came off as a huge disppointment. The book seems to be really vivid in the beginning, and then kind of drops off of the action when things should be getting good, like around the time she's with Freddie Prinze and Richard Pryor. It seems to me that she's leaving a lot out, either to cover for herself, or someone else. I think anytime you read an autobiography when the subject is completely blameless and spot-free in any situation, ...more
I have always been a Pam Grier fan and was excited to read this book about her life. Her battle with cancer, a survivor of being a black actress in a white male "Hollywood" gave me more reason to respect her and thank her for opening up the doors for other young black women who want to become an actress. She wrote with honesty, expressing little regret for the life she lived. More importantly, she painted herself as more than an actress, but as a well-rounded woman. I would have to totally agree ...more
Since I only knew Pam Grier from her role on The L Word, I wondered if I'd find this book interesting. I was also a little wary of a celebrity autobiography because of howwww baaaaad the Dorothy Hamill autobiography was when I read it earlier this year. She seems really interesting and down-to-Earth. This was a fun diversion read, and I won a copy through First Reads.
Pam Grier is fun, fierce and foxy. Her autobiography highlights the tragic, triumphant and surprising twists of fate moments in the life of the Queen of Blacksploitation genre. This was a good read.
I have always admired Pam Grier. While she was a sexual icon to many men and teenaged boys, I loved the strength of her characters. She is not only physically BEAUTIFUL, she is highly intelligent, a nature-lover, independent, and a Cancer survivor. I loved reading about her life and how in many ways she was sooo different than the characters she portrayed. She is candid about life and I felt she was sharing her life exclusively with me. As a teacher, I took a break from reading Teacher Professio ...more
Nick Cato
Pam gives an informative overview of her entire life...just wish there was more on her years working with Corman. Still a good read.
Jasmine Holloman
Prior to reading I was familiar with some of Pam Grier's film work, I wanted to learn more as she was one of the leading ladies of the blaxploitation era. Then, when I saw her interview on Wendy Williams a couple of years ago, and heard of her numerous love affairs , I was furthermore intrigued by her story.

To my suprise, early this year I found the book in a Dollar Tree and finally had time to read it. Not to give too much away the book itself tells a story of a strong woman with the odds agai
Champ Leads
Pam Grier is of a real woman who evokes strength, dare, care, high regard within self and those she believes and inclined early on of the excellence we / she can deliver.

This biography digs deep in dialogue shared by Pam of her start and how nature has been her continued upkeep and refuge...not only for self but for those befriended during her start and continued life within Hollywood.

Pam Grier is a story of what potential and of any continuum plight. Knowing and owning your power we have. An i
She went through a lot and is lucky to have had faith in herself to get through it. A good role model to do what you know is right for you and to stand up for yourself. Good read if you are interested in her life. I know Pam Grier more from Foxy Brown and her newer roles, however I understand why she was a star in her day. All of the struggle she went through in her personal life, while her public life seemed glamorous. You really don’t know the struggle people have. Lucky for her, she survived.
I was looking for one thing, and one thing only. Where did the passion in the characters Foxy Brown & Jackie Brown come from!?! In other words, who 'really' is Pam Grier?

I was hesitant at first... you know, waiting for the lid to snap off... when I got to Donatello and from there just watched Foxy go! Good Gosh, this here is the makings of one deft spirit that doesn't just ride, but drives!

What else did I love? Mom, for one, is a jewel, as was the mother/daughter relationship. Pam's princi
Holly Ord
Pam Grier is known for a lot of things. She is known as a truly gifted, hard-working, dedicated and passionate actor. She is known for being at the forefront of the blaxploitation scene, for her role as Coffy, Foxy Brown and for Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, a role, it turns out, that Tarantino wrote specifically for her. She is also known as Kit Porter, the ex-alcoholic and known singer who turns her life around and truly re-discovers herself within a group of supporting and loving friends, ...more
M. Phillips
One of my favorite personalities of all time and one of the first female action stars. I had the privilege of meeting ms grier in st. louis at her book signing at the Missouri Black Expo and had her sign my copy. The book tells of her struggles as a youth moving from town to town with her father being in the air force and the traumatic experience she had before going to hollywood.

She's overcome a lot including her relationships with Freddy Prinze, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Richard Pryor.

It's a gr
Saleena Davidson
I have always like Pam Grier, and it was interesting reading her biography, though it seemed a tad preachy or a little like a tall tale at various times. All in all, it was pretty informative and her opinions on a variety of subjects were expressed, and though she acknowledges some of her relationships the book isn't a kiss-and-tell style bio, more of a journey and her opinion on how the journey's gone thus far.
Sep 06, 2010 Shelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans, film buffs
Shelves: first-reads
Pam Grier and I are birthday twins...that and the fact that she is a badass, awesome female led me to want to read this book. I was fortunate enough to get a first reads copy so it saved me from having to run out and buy it.

Foxy reads like you're having a conversation with Ms. Grier and she's telling you her life story. I'm sure that some die hard fans will already know much of the information that she shares in the book but even if you've heard the stories, it's different to hear them from her
John Kieffer
the book is breezy and a quick read. you do learn a little bit about ms grier but there are a lot of unanswered questions. nothing, for example, about what her family members thought when they finally learned about her childhood rapes. hopefully she will write another book some day.
Lisa Mcbroom
Grier's autobiography of her career from the 1970's till now. The beautiful Grier known for such iconic roles as Foxy Brown and Coffy is down to earth and well grounded. She still lives on the family farm in Colorado! I was inspired from her strength and independence!
Autobiographies are a tricky proposition. Balancing drama and tension, if there is any, with what amounts to an expanded cirriculum vitae is not an easy task. In Pam Grier's book Foxy the balance works. Sometimes. Sometimes it doesn't. I've always admired her work and had a gut feeling she was personally tough. Unquestionably, the best aspect of this book is knowing about the many hard knocks she's endured while keeping a positive outlook on her life and career. At worst it flips the old writer' ...more
I didn't grow up in the 70's, when Pam Grier became a huge international actress. But I recognized, like many, what talent she had in "Jackie Brown".

I wasn't looking for anything gritty, but Pam tells it like it is. She is filled with a positive outlook, though; the excerpts from her life are well chosen. She's a real person here, and doesn't have any airs about her. "Foxy" is fun and heavy at some points, as Ms. Grier details her loves and triumphs.

My favorite story involves a runaway horse in
Well, Pam Grier is one cool woman. Her autobiography sounds like she wrote it, not like Hollywood pablum. Her upbringing and her experiences are very interesting. Now I saw Fort Apache the Bronx, and was completely grossed out by her prostitute/coked out freak/murderer character at the time. When you hear her describe how she came up with that character, you have to admire her. It might not be Shakespeare (oh, if you saw that dog of a movie, you know it WASn't Shakespeare) but she took it on wit ...more
I like Pam Grier and was glad to learn a little more about her, but a lot of her memoir is .. well, dull? It's just not particularly insightful. Maybe I'm just wanting it to be as good as Backing into Forward, which is probably unfair.

And my jaw dropped when I got to page 88, where she wrote this:
"When girls start having lots of sex at young ages, they wear their vaginas out. Literally. What do you expect if you have intercourse four or five times a week with different partners starting when yo
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Pamela Suzette "Pam" Grier is an American actress. She came to fame in the early 1970s, after starring in a string of moderately successful women in prison films and blaxploitation films such as 1974's Foxy Brown. Her career was revitalized in 1997 after her appearance in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown. She is one of a few African American actresses to have received a Golden Globe nominatio ...more
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