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Vonetta McGee


Born - 14 January 1940, San Francisco, California, USA
Died - 9 July 2010

Light-skinned African-American actress prominent in 'blaxploitation' movies of the 1970s. She began her career in Italy with Faustina - she had the title role - and Il Grande Silenzio, both in 1968. She was also in The Lost Man (1969) and The Kremlin Letter (1970), but it was in action films of the early 1970s tailored to black audiences that she became a name moviegoers recognised: Blacula (1972), Melinda (1972, and another title role), Hammer (1972), Shaft in Africa (1973), Thomasine & Bushrod (1974). Because of her late start to a film career, she was 35 by the time she co-starred with Clint Eastwood in The Eiger Sanction (1975) and, after Brothers (1977), most of her subsequent work was for television. Her last film was Johnny B Good in 1998. A longtime sufferer from Hodgkin's lymphoma, she was married for the first time at 46 to actor Carl Lumbly. They were still together at the time of her death from cardiac arrest.