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Foxy: My Life in Three Acts

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  655 ratings  ·  106 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 Prinz
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by Springboard Press (first published 2010)
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Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Morgan ***Books and Bougie***
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had been obsessed with the idea of Pam Grier for as long as I could remember (my friends and family believe that I am a true child of the 70s), but I never knew who Pam Grier was as a person. Her films are iconic, and she deserved every accolade she had ever been given. I started the book with no opinions on who she was. I was a blank slate.

What I learned was that Pam is a woman who deserves a biopic (A GOOD biopic). The book dives deep into her dating life, her battle with cancer, her sexual
Deedee Henson
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good and well written
Back when Hulu used to be free and had a decent line-up of movies, one Labor Day weekend while laid up sick with the flu, I got the urge to watch what is considered Pam Grier’s "Holy Trinity": Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Friday Foster. It was all the medicine I needed as I had a blast watching them, feeling that virus withdraw every time Grier laid in a salty line or plummeted a drug pusher with bullets.

Of course, those films aren’t exactly high art or anything, and since they came out during the Bl
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
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
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio
"I see life as a free-form dance, and we are the choreographers. One day, you're strong and lean, running six miles a day. You dont drink, smoke, or do drugs. And then, all of a sudden, you have cancer. There's no way to prepare for it, but now that you're in it, a saving grace is to be grateful for what you have."

What's nice about digging a little deeper into an actor's career is to discover that they really are much more talented and have a deeper commitment to the art and craft of the profess
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
May 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, memoirs
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
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
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
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2010
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.
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Nick Cato
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pam gives an informative overview of her entire life...just wish there was more on her years working with Corman. Still a good read.
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-keepers
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
Jasmine Holloman
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an absorbing autobiography of Blaxploitation Goddess, Pam Grier. Although I have been a fan of her work ever since I saw Foxy Brown in my late teens, I did not know much about her as a woman at all. Pam details her upbringing in rural Colorado and her formative years as an Army brat, where her family endured racial discrimination at wherever post her father was stationed in the US, only finding peace and a feeling of equality during her father's assignment to Swindon, England. Hers is a ...more
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Pam Grier and her place in Hollywood. I was excited to read about her experiences filming many of her 70s classics as well as her resurgence in “Jackie Brown.”

Unfortunately, she never went deep enough into either. She almost glossed over her times filming “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown” w barely a mention. This was disappointing b/c she was essentially the first female action here and of course, African American.

Perhaps that kind of profound perspective would come more from an outsider than he
Darren Mcgill
Very easy read that covers many of the challenges of Pam's long life and career. Not many anecdotal information on her career though. She spends much more time discussing tragic events in her childhood and personal life and then skims quickly through many iconic roles with barely a mention. Despite the range of things she has experienced throughout her career, the feeling that comes across in most of her career coverage is conflict, regret, misunderstandings, and opportunities just falling her i ...more
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
She is AWESOOOOME. God, she is so absolutely interested in everything. She talks about race, gender, rape, friendship with other women, her love of animals, her romantic relationships (holy shit Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Freddie Prinze, and Richard Pryor!), FILM, and so much other stuff. Love her to death. Total farm girl, totally serious actor, totally pro-woman, the best. She'll just mention things like being into architecture or comic books, and you just know she has so much more in her to write t ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Despite the many horrible things that have happened to Pam Grier--racism, multiple rapes, cancer, cocaine cervix (yep, you'll see)--she has had a pretty good life. Her gratitude and positivity come through without making the book dull. I found the writing to be hit and miss; I wish that people who hire ghostwriters would hire BETTER ghostwriters.
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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