Pam Grier is Coming to Berwyn

Famed actress, star of 70s blaxpoitation films, scheduled to appear at Berwyn's Reel Art memorabilia store.

The baddest chick is coming to town.

Pam Grier will appear at Berwyn's Reel Art collectibles store, 6727 W. Stanley Ave., from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, signing copies of her autobiography FOXY: A Life in Three Acts as well as posters and photos. Fair warning: She's charging for the autographs.


Grier, 63, rose to fame as the star of 1970s blaxploitation films like Foxy Brown, Scream Blacula Scream and Coffy. Her career was revitalized when filmmaker Quentin Tarantino chose her as the lead in 1997's Jackie Brown, a crime thriller which pays homage to the genre that made her famous. The role earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

Grier's 2010 autobiography examines the actress's heyday in the 70s, but also pulls back the curtain to reveal a troubled past. From the New York Times book review:

“Foxy,” however, reveals a darker personal life, including, for the first time, the details of her sexual assault at 6. It also recounts the diagnosis of cervical cancer Ms. Grier received in her late 30s and the untimely deaths and suicides of family members and friends. There is space, too, for her romances with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who wanted her to convert to Islam), Freddie Prinze (who battled drugs and wanted her to have his baby) and Richard Pryor (who thought she could help save him from drugs).


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