Her role as Foxxy Cleopatra in "Austin Powers in Goldmember'" was a tribute to Pam Grier. And like it or not -- any discussion of any film requiring a black lead actress probably includes Beyonce.
Pam Grier was a black feminist icon in '70s films "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown." A TV star with roles on "Miami Vice," "The L Word" and "Smallville." A rediscovered jewel in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown."