Pam Grier is one of the world’s sultriest, sexiest, sassiest icons. The pioneering actress has inspired generations of women to release their inner vixen and after her latest stint in Showtime’s “The L Word,” Grier is solidified as the baddest one-chick hit-squad to ever hit Hollywood.
New York City’s Film Society of Lincoln Center is commemorating Grier’s legacy with “Foxy, the Complete Pam Grier,” a three-day retrospective of her greatest films. Several of her movies, including The Big Bird Cage, Coffy, Foxy Brown and the Quentin Tarantino-directed, Jackie Brown, will be screened at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York City.
Grier rose to international fame in the 1970s after several leading roles in Blaxploitation films. She often portrayed a chic protagonist, blasting pistols and seducing enemies. These roles garnered the actress admiration from Blaxploitation aficionados, including Tarantino. He cast Grier in Jackie Brown because he recognized the greatness in her even after a dry spell in Hollywood.
“She has just got all this power and strength – and she is Foxy Brown 20 years later, she is Coffy 20 years later – and she has all this womanness, and it is great one degree or another,” he said in an interview with The Guardian.
The “Foxy, the Complete Pam Grier” retrospective was organized by Josh Strauss, a program associate at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He wanted to honor the legend. “Pam Grier inspired [blaxploitation’s] mainstream success,” he said in a press release. “It will be a thrill to offer a comprehensive look at her work as well as have Pam herself, at Film Society to talk about and reflect upon many of those films and her experiences making them.”
Grier will be attending the film series and signing copies of her book Foxy My Life in Three Acts on March 16 at the Furman Gallery.
Tickets are on sale at the Lincoln Center box office and the Film Linc website.