Pam Grier

By: Joe Alterio
May 26, 2009


PAM GRIER (b. 1949) was the Joan of Arc of late-night UHF-TV, when such a thing still existed. Starting with The Big Dollhouse (1971), a film which absolutely must be seen on drugs to be appreciated fully, Grier built a career around becoming the avenging angel of righteous black female anger at The Establishment, eventually being reintroduced to a new generation by Quentin Tarantino in Foxy Brown (1997). But it was always beneath Grier’s talents to play such a cardboard cutout proxy. Grier on-screen is a glowing vision, and it’s not just because she’s an absolute knock-out. She nearly takes your breath away with her presence. Just standing in a room she walks into must be tough; after all, she’s the “baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!”

— Text and illustration by Joe Alterio. To view a gallery of Alterio’s HiLobrow illustrations, click here.


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