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Her character was advertised in the trailer as the "baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!
" The film, which was filled with sexual and violent elements typical of the genre, was a box-office hit.
While in Denver she appeared in a number of stage productions, and participated in beauty contests to raise money for college tuition at Metropolitan State College.
Grier moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1967, where she was initially hired as a receptionist at American International Pictures (AIP).
In 2010, Grier began appearing in a recurring role on the hit science fiction series Smallville as the villain Amanda Waller, also known as White Queen, head agent of Checkmate, a covert operations agency.
She recently appeared as a friend and colleague to Julia Roberts' college professor in Larry Crowne.
Rotten Tomatoes has ranked her as the second greatest female action heroine in film history.
Grier appeared on Showtime's The L Word, in which she played Kit Porter.
In her memoir Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, she revealed her sexual relationship with Pryor caused cocaine to enter her system.
Her doctor informed her that she had a "buildup of cocaine residue" around her cervix and vagina.
She acquired progressively larger character roles in the 1980s, including a druggie prostitute in Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981), a witch in Something Wicked this Way Comes (1983), and Steven Seagal's detective partner in Above the Law (1988).
She had a recurring role on Miami Vice from 1985 to 1989 and made guest appearances on Martin, Night Court and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.