Pam Grier

by follers on July 26, 2014

5th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon - Arrivals

Birth Name: Pamela Suzette Grier

Place of Birth: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 26, 1949

Ethnicity: African-American, possibly other

Pam Grier is an American actress.

She is the daughter of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels) and Clarence Ransom Grier, Jr. Her parents are/were both black.

Pam has said:

People see me as a strong black figure, and I’m proud of that… But I’m a mix of several races: Hispanic, Chinese, Filipino. My dad was black, and my mom was Cheyenne Indian.

She has also stated that her maternal grandfather was a Filipino named “Raymundo Parrilla”. It is not clear if these statements have been documented/verified as accurate.

Pam’s paternal grandfather was Clarence Ransom Grier (the son of Dock Anderson/Alexander Grier and Martha Jane Grier). Dock was the son of Thomas Grier and Susan E. Neel. Martha was the daughter of Maurice Arthur Grier.

Pam’s paternal grandmother was Myrtle Hutchinson (the daughter of Jasper Hutchinson and Julia).

Sources: Genealogy of Pam Grier (partially unverified) –

Pam’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Pam’s paternal grandparents, Clarence Ransom Grier and Myrtle Hutchinson –

Death record of Pam’s paternal grandfather, Clarence Ransom Grier –

Pam’s paternal great-grandparents, Dock Anderson/Alexander Grier and Martha Jane Grier, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Dock Anderson/Alexander Grier and Martha Jane Grier on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Multiethnicchick February 24, 2018 at 10:18 am

She doesn’t look black at all, and she didn’t look black in the 70s either. Americans are just so uniformed and asinine about race that anyone with a tan can be black these days. She’s a mixed race woman. It’s evident in her phenotype and the pictures of her parents. Don’t know why it’s so hard to accept that mixed race people exist.

bablah April 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm
I believe Myrtle Hutchinson was her grandmother. Her grandfather married Alice in the late 40’s and her father was born in 1923:

follers April 10, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Have you found Grier’s Hispanic, Chinese, Filipino, and Cheyenne Native American ancestry yet?

bablah April 11, 2017 at 3:38 am

Couldn’t find her mother at all. I’ll try again later. I did find a Guine Samuels, but she was way too old to be her mother.

Masterlord March 11, 2017 at 6:49 am

Snookis mom LOL xD

andrew July 26, 2016 at 5:14 am

maternal grandparents: Raymundo Parrilla e Marguerite Parrilla

andrew May 13, 2016 at 7:43 pm

I googled “Pam Grier parents” and I found this pic:

fuzzybear44 May 14, 2016 at 12:02 am

Well that’s interesting. However according to the bio, dad was the black one, while momma was native. The pic looks the other way around. However , not that the man in the pic isn’t black, most of the people in my dads family are brighter than he is. However the woman in the pic, well she is at-least mixed with black

andrew May 14, 2016 at 5:06 am

“The pic looks the other way around”

I agree with you. Not sure if they’re Pam’s parents. I think the man looks like an ethnic version of Gene Hackman.

Mr. Postman February 2, 2018 at 10:11 am

She states in her book that her father was very light-skinned and could pass for white.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:34 am

Looks Middle Eastern (at least in that pic). She looks Iraqi or Jordanian…

legez August 29, 2015 at 7:02 am

what the hell? she looks do different, looks like a fat white euro woman with black hair!

neiltennant July 23, 2015 at 4:49 am

who is this person :-)

hmmm maybe one of the few ”celebs” without plastic surgery

andrew July 23, 2015 at 5:23 am

I knew her because of “Jackie Brown” movie but she was already popular back in the 70s

M June 14, 2015 at 12:37 am

She looks like Kathy Najimy.

Your Mom August 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Damn She Sure Changed. She Doesn’t Even Look Black In This Picture. She Looked More Black In The 70s.

Katz September 4, 2014 at 10:39 am

I agree, she looks so different.

fuzzybear44 July 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

You really don’t know who she is?

andrew July 26, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I dont know the person on the pic

andrew July 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

coz she looked different

fuzzybear44 July 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Ok,I was just asking

andrew July 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm
andrew July 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

pam grier?

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