Vintage Vamp: Tamara Dobson

When remembering blaxploitation movie heroines, most of us immediately think of Pam Grier in "Foxy Brown," but she wasn't the only jive-talkin', pistol-packin' mama vamping her way through the 1970s action flicks. "Cleopatra Jones" star Tamara Dobson was one of the genre's sexiest, most celebrated stars. Drop-dead gorgeous, ultra-sassy and unimaginably tall (the film's tagline was "She's 6 feet 2 of dynamite!"), Dobson was a successful high-fashion model, gracing the pages of Vogue, Mademoiselle, Redbook and ESSENCE, before making the transition to films at 28, in 1972's "Fuzz." But it was her leading role in "Cleopatra Jones" that would make her an icon...


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