Pam Grier, American actress. She became famous in the early 1970s after starring in a string of successful exploitation & blaxploitation films such as The Big Bird Cage, Coffy, Sheba, Baby & Foxy Brown. Her career was revitalized in 1997 after she starred in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She also appeared on Showtime's The L Word. Tarantino remarked that she may have been cinema's 1st female action star.