Iconic actress and female trailblazer Pam Grier appeared at last weekend’s CT HorrorFest in Danbury, CT, where she delighted fans with stories from her legendary career. With a couple hundred fans packed into the Q&A area, Ms. Grier was greeted with a standing ovation. Grier, who appeared as one of the very first female action leads on the big screen, starred in such classics as Coffy, Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown, Fort Apache: The Bronx, Ghost of Mars, Scream Blacula Scream, Mars Attacks, amongst many other great films.
During the panel, Pam discussed her journey to Hollywood with “a bucket of fried chicken and $33 in her pocket” thinking she was going out there to go to college, with no thoughts of becoming an actress. She also spoke of the women’s movement and navigating relationships as a strong female during the 1960’s and 1970’s. While she has worked with many accomplished directors, Pam described her excitement about getting the call to work with John Carpenter and the hilarious audition that followed.
If you were unable to attend CT HorrorFest this year, you can check out the video (joined a couple minutes in progress) of Pam Grier’s Q&A below.