March 3, 1949 |
Winter Haven, Florida, U.S.
|Other names||Gloria Henry|
Gloria Hendry (born March 3, 1949), also known as Gloria Henry, is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in films from the 1970s, most notably; portraying Rosie Carver in the 1973's James Bond film Live and Let Die and Helen Bradley in the blaxploitation film Black Caesar and the sequel, Hell Up in Harlem.
Hendry began her acting career in the 1968 Sidney Poitier film For Love of Ivy. In 1973 she portrayed the Bond girl, Rosie Carver in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. In that film, she became the first African American woman to become romantically involved with 007 (albeit the first African-American Bond girl is considered to be Trina Parks, who appeared in the previous movie, in it she only acted as a nemesis to Bond, rather than as one of Bond's love interests). When the film was first released in South Africa, her love scenes with Roger Moore were cut out because it was prohibited by the Apartheid government. She later starred in several 1970s blaxploitation films, including the 1973 film Black Caesar and its sequel, the 1973 film Hell Up in Harlem. She also portrayed the martial arts expert, Sydney, in Black Belt Jones.
She is of Seminole, Chinese, Creek Indian, Irish and African descent. Hendry completed a memoir, entitled "Gloria". In it she discusses Bond, the films of the 1970s, working as a Bunny at the famous Playboy Club in the 1960s, modeling, singing and her experiences as an African American woman during the 1960s.
- "Gloria Hendry". The New York Times.
- Wilson, Julee (February 13, 2013). "Trina Parks: The First Black Bond Girl, Starred In 'Diamonds Are Forever'". The Huffington Post. "In 1971 Parks starred in the film "Diamonds Are Forever," making her the first-ever black James Bond Girl. In the movie, Parks played Thumper a bikini-clad bodyguard nemesis to Bond, who was played by Sean Connery. Although she didn't serve as one of Bond's many love interests [...]"
- Paul, Louis (2008). "Gloria Hendry". Tales From the Cult Film Trenches; Interviews with 36 Actors from Horror, Science Fiction and Exploitation Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. pp. 90–97. ISBN 978-0-7864-2994-3.
- Gloria Hendry at the Internet Movie Database
- The Gloria Hendry Interview (about Live and Let Die)
- Gloria Hendry's Fansite (in French)
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