Adrienne-Joi Johnson(Fine Sistas from the 90’s)

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Adrienne-Joi Johnson was a big sex symbol in my neighborhood.  A lot of brothers fell in love with her when she was in the film House Party.  AJ Johnson was born on September 3,1963.  She has been in films such as House Party(1990),Dying Young(1991),Sister Act(1992),The Inkwell(1994),Two Shades of Blue(1999),Baby Boy(2001) and Skin Deep(2003).

Honors graduate of Spelman College, the all-female college in Atlanta, Georgia affiliated with the all-male Morehouse College. She was a former Miss Morehouse while a coed at Spelman. She’s a fitness trainer and also was  Flygirl on the comedy skit show  In Living Color.

Brenda Sykes(Old School Edition)

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Brenda Sykes was born on June 25,1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana. The daughter of a postal worker, Brenda Sykes seemed bound for an academic career when, at 19, she was made a Teaching Assistant in Black History in the UCLA High Potential Program. One year later, Brenda showed up as a contestant on TV’s The Dating Game. Her appearance not only won her an all-expenses-paid trip to New Zealand, but also caught the eyes of several Hollywood talent agents. In 1970, Sykes was personally selected by prestigious film director William Wyler to play a good featured role in The Liberation of L.B. Jones. After an excellent start, she was consigned to the standardized roles usually played by African American ingenues in the 1970s, showing up in such exploitational fare as The Drum and Cleopatra Jones. Brenda Sykes’ series-TV work has included Ozzie’s Girls (1973) and Executive Suite (1976).

Tamara Dobson(Old School Edition)

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Tamara Dobson nicknamed for her real name Tamara Janice Dobson was an African-American actress and fashion model by her profession. She had been holding an American nationality from the day she was born till she died. As long she lived, she had achieved the height of success and fame on her own. Her education background is still not mentioned in any particular biographic site and also her net worth is still missing from her readers. Not the least but her unknown family background has been the reason of her children and marriage. She died at the age of 59 due to complication from Pneumonia and Multiple Sclerosis.

Dobson was born on May 14, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Information about her early life is still in disguise to her readers who are searching about her in detail. As any particular information is still not yet came into the light, it has been a difficult task for those who want to summarize about her in detail. Her education background is not yet clear though. But some of the sources have concluded that she had completed her early education from same place where she was born.

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Her work platform was started from being a beautician. While she was working as a beautician, she also received her degree in fashion illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. While studying, she was discovered in 1969 and began to film commercials and modeling. After school, she moved from Maryland to New York to model and act full-time.

Turning to her personality, Dobson stood 6 feet 2 inches in tall and it was more than enough for her to be a fashion model for Vogue Magazine. Reportedly there was animosity between Dobson and Pam Grier with Dobson’s publicist writing that “Miss Dobson refuses to appear in the same book much less on the same page as Miss Grier” and “Miss Dobson also has refused to participate in the same celebrity events in which Miss Grier is involved”. Dobson’s animosty was believed to be due to her refusing to do nude scenes in films as opposed to Pam Grier.

She died on October 2, 2006 in her native Baltimore, Maryland, of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis, at the age of 59. Though she appeared in a few films in Hollywood, she became best known for her title roles in the 1973 Blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones and its 1975 sequel Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold. 

She had been counted as one of the most elegant actresses of her time. She was famous for her bold personality which she used to represent in front of media spotlight. Her graceful beauty had no measure with other actresses. She had collected huge mass of fan with help of her charming nature and acting skill. The way she used to portray herself in screen was one of the most attractive factors about her. There is no further information available about her personal life, as she was enjoying her fame even at short level, she never found willing to share her private life with media. As a result her huge mass of fans are still dwelling in various pathways to know about her in detail. She had spent only a decade in acting line but still she has been famous even at present time with great level of appreciation. As she is already dead, there is no any direct way to know about her in personal. Her fans and followers are looking forward to know about her in detail. If anyone could get information from he family member, but the option is itself closed as she never said anything about her family. Perhaps she didn’t like to let other know about her family. To date many biographic sites hasn’t included her life events in well explicable form as her profile has maximum searches with compare to other personalities. Her fans are still wondering to know more about her in detail.

Vonetta McGee(Old School Edition)

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Lawrence Vonetta McGee – named after her father – was born in San Francisco on January 14,1945. Her family planned for her to have a career in law, and she began studying pre-law at San Francisco State College, but she became involved in amateur theatre and was bitten by the acting bug. Vonetta left college without graduating and joined the diaspora of American actors – experienced and aspirant – who moved to Rome in the 1960s to find work at the Cinecittà film studios.

Her filmographies list her first feature as Faustina, a comedy directed by Luigi Magni in 1968, but Il Grande Silenzio was made the previous year and opened in Italy at Christmas in 1967. In the film, Vonetta was a pioneer woman whose outlaw husband has been murdered by a bounty hunter, played by Kinski. She hires a mute gunfighter – Silence, wonderfully played by Trintignant – to kill the killer, thus setting in train the grim, tragic and terrible events of Corbucci’s film.

Vonetta gave a fine performance as the vengeance-bent widow, Pauline. She was extraordinarily beautiful: tall, dark, with enormous and expressive eyes. 20th Century-Fox bought the rights to Il Grande Silenzio and then suppressed the film, considering it too pessimistic. But it was hugely influential on other filmmakers (Eastwood attempted a remake, Joe Kidd, directed by John Sturges), and for Vonetta, a career in American movies followed inevitably.

Poitier invited her to return to the US to appear with him in The Lost Man (1969). She starred (as “the Negress”) in John Huston’s The Kremlin Letter the following year. Thereafter came the string of blaxploitation pictures which made her famous: Blacula, The Big Bust-Out (both 1972) and Shaft in Africa (1973). In essence, these were genre pictures that starred black actors instead of white ones. They proved immensely popular with audiences, but tended to be disdained or ignored by mainstream film critics.

Vonetta disliked the “blaxploitation” label: she was proud of the black part, proud of the strong, take-charge characters she had played in the films, but did not consider them exploitative in any way. She was a smart woman, who saw no difference between these and other popular entertainments, whatever the colour of the stars.

A role in Eastwood’s The Eiger Sanction (1975) and an increasing amount of episodic television work followed. Vonetta then suffered health problems and took a break from acting. Repo Man marked her return to the screen. When making the film, I grilled her about Il Grande Silenzio and about working with Corbucci. He was the nicest man, she told me (how appropriate, given the savagery and sadism that characterise his extraordinary films). “And he never tried to put the make on me! His wife, Nori, was usually on set, and they were such a happy couple. They made it a great environment to work in.”

Those were Vonetta’s two lessons to a young director: do not try to put the make on your leading lady, and make a nice environment for the actors to be creative in. This was excellent advice. In Repo Man she was both elegant and a perfect action heroine: diving into the fight sequences with gusto, demolishing a pair of blond brutes played by Biff Yeager and Steve Mattson.

In the mid-80s, Vonetta appeared in Cagney & Lacey as the wife of a detective played by Carl Lumbly. She and Carl married in 1986 and had a son, Brandon. In 1990, she appeared, briefly but memorably, opposite Sy Richardson and Danny Glover in Charles Burnett’s fine film To Sleep With Anger.

Judy Pace (Old School Edition)

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Actress Judy Pace Flood was born Judy Pace on June 15, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. Attending Marvin Avenue Elementary School, and Louis Pastuer Junior High School, Pace graduated from Dorsey High School in 1960. Trained in modeling by her sister, Betty, Pace auditioned for the Ebony Fashion Fair and became the youngest model for the show’s 1961 to 1962 national tour.

In 1963 Pace auditioned for Columbia Pictures and was cast in William Castle’s horror film The Candyweb. Pace played a regular role in the 1969 season of Peyton Place and went on to appear in many other shows, including Batman, Bewitched, The Flying Nun, I Spy, The Young Lawyers, The Mod Squad, That’s My Mama, Sanford and Son, What’s Happening?, Good Times, and Sucker Free City.. Cast in Billy Wilder’s The Fortune Cookie in 1966, Pace also played roles in the movies Three in the Attic, The Thomas Crown Affair, and the acclaimed TV movie Brian’s Song. In 1970, Pace won acclaim for her role as Iris in the Ossie Davis directed Cotton Comes to Harlem; in 1973, she played Adelaide in a Las Vegas production of Guys and Dolls.

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Pace married Ironsides actor Don Mitchell in 1972 and took time out for civic duties and to raise her two children during the 1980s. Divorced from Mitchell in 1986, Pace then married baseball’s Curt Flood. Since Flood’s death in 1997, Pace acted as a major spokesperson for his role in establishing free agency in professional sports. Pace founded the Kwanzaa Foundation with Nichelle Nichols.