Many Hollywood actors and actresses come and go, while a select few go on to become legends. Others manage to persevere on a smaller scale, gaining the respect of dedicated cinema fans while remaining a recognizable name.
Pam Grier falls into the latter group: Her name probably sounds familiar to most, and she's a true and undeniable part of the history of the silver screen.
She's best known as the queen of '70s "blaxploitation” films -- such as "Foxy Brown," "Coffy" and “Sheba, Baby" -- in which her voluptuous figure and gritty personality made her both a sex symbol and a herald of cool. Since then, however, she has evolved and played supporting roles in all sorts of pictures ("Mars Attacks," "Escape From L.A.") and TV shows ("Smallville," "Law & Order"). And with a part in the upcoming Tom Hanks production "Larry Crowne," she is poised to become an even-better recognized and appreciated acting commodity.
But, many credit director Quentin Tarantino with giving Grier her biggest recent role: that of the lead in 1997's "Jackie Brown." Starring with heavyweight stars like Robert DeNiro and Samuel L. Jackson, her work during the blaxploitation days helped serve as Tarantino's inspiration -- a topic sure to arise as she appears at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. to mark a screening of "Brown."
She'll be interviewed by producer Warrington Hudlin ("Bébé's Kids," "Boomerang," "House Party") and make herself available to sign her memoir, "Foxy: My Life In Three Acts."
Tickets are $20 ($15 for members) and can be purchased at the Arts Centre box office (during theater hours), calling 800-838-3006 or online at cinemaartscentre.org.