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Foxy : my life in three acts
Pam Grier
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.G6875 A3 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this prickly autobiography, the iconic actress is almost as hard-nosed toward lovers as her filmic alter -ego was toward enemies. Grier recalls a flamboyant career, from B-movie starlet in Women in Cages through blaxploitation diva in Foxy Brown to Tarantino muse in Jackie Brown, all of it shaped by a rigorous Stanislavskian method. (Her self-transformation into a strung-out killer prostitute for an audition almost got her arrested by the NYPD.) Grier nods to the feminist and black power movements that inspired her screen persona as a glamorous badass shotgunning a white and/or male power structure-Hollywood's answer to Angela Davis-while distancing herself from the myth: deep down she's a Colorado farm girl, scarred by two rapes, who loves horses. But there's a resemblance to her onscreen persona in her tough, wary attitude toward domineering boyfriends like Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who futilely tried to convert her into a submissive Muslim wife, and comedian Freddie Prinze, whose suicide garners less space and pathos than does the death of her dog. "What harm would it do to say yes and keep on watching his behavior?" she strategizes when a suitor presents an engagement ring. (Apr. 28) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Grier's short memoir introduces her as a person rather than focusing on her professional film, TV, and singing career. In "Act One," she retraces her early life as she survived personal trauma, reaped the benefits of a stellar British education, and developed a fascination with the film industry. Next, Grier shares the turmoil of her serious relationships with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Freddie Prinze, and Richard Pryor; her independence and self-preservation instincts kept her focused but were also a source of friction in her love life. "Act Three" reveals Grier's life-threatening battle with cancer and acknowledges her camaraderie with The L Word cast. Suggested companion reading: Mia Mask's Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film, Stephane Dunn's "Baad Bitches" & Sassy Supermamas, and any of the myriad books on blaxploitation cinema. VERDICT Grier's memoir relies heavily on how women's liberation played an important role in every aspect of her life, almost to the point of preachiness. But the style doesn't deter the reader from enjoying a good memoir that is guaranteed to surprise. Strongly recommended.-Richard A. Dickey, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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