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Foxy: My Life in Three Acts

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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
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Published April 28th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2010)
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Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Buggy by: First Reads win
Shelves: shelf-10, bio-memoir, 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
Deedee Henson
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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