Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, by Pam Grier (with Andrea Cagan)
(hb; 2010: autobiography)
From the inside flap:
"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-Jabaar, and Freddie Prinze, Sr., among others. She unveils her experiences as backup singer and a blaxploitation star. In particularly candid and shocking chapters, she shares - for the first time - her view of those films and the persecution of the blacks, especially women, needed to endure to make a name for themselves. . . including how it felt to be labeled one of the most beautiful women alive, yet not be permitted to try on clothes in a department store because of the color of her skin. . . she [also] tells the story of her ongoing battle with cancer.
"From her disappointments to her triumphs, nothing is held back. . ."
Solid autobiography of a level-headed, upbeat woman who's seen a lot of life, good and bad. Inspirational (without getting Lifetime Movie of the Week about it), meaningful and deftly written.
Check it out.