Well, have a great life.' " "With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, (actor) Freddie Prinze and (comedian) Richard Pryor, I walked away from three powerful men who I absolutely adored and could have married and could have had a family with.," Grier said.
"He didn't know I had been attacked twice (before)," said Grier, who had been raped at age 6 by a group of older students and sexually assaulted as an 18-year-old college student.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 Some may know her as hot, gutsy, gun-totin' Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown.A." "(Director) John (Carpenter) looked at me and he started laughing hysterically. She's equally open about her love affairs, including with professional basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who converted to Islam soon after they began dating."He wanted me to give up my freedom, become a Muslim woman and have all these children," Grier recalled. We just got out of slavery." Actress Pam Grier arrives with date Kevin Evans for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" in Los Angeles in 1997."The next thing you know, I was driving out to California with my aunt and a bucket of chicken and in my pocket," recalled Grier, who arrived in Los Angeles in 1969.Grier was working as a receptionist at APA, the Agency for the Performing Arts, when filmmaker Roger Corman approached her about appearing as a sexy prison inmate in 1971's "The Big Doll House." Although tempted by the prospect of a 0-a-week paycheck — "I'm working three jobs and I'm getting ," she said — she initially turned him down.The undisputed queen of the blaxploitation era, Grier revolutionized cinema in the early 1970s as the first female African-American action star — playing bold, brassy, assertive women in movies such as "Coffy," “Foxy Brown” and “Sheba, Baby.” "I am very comfortable walking in a man’s shoes, being demonstrative, being a leader," said Grier, reached by phone at the Colorado ranch she's called home for 23 years."This is what I grew up with." Born in North Carolina, Grier — the cousin of pro football player-turned-actor Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier — spent her childhood on U. Air Force bases in England and the United States before her family settled in Denver.