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|Born||Judy Lenteen Pace
June 15, 1942
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Don Mitchell 1972–1986
Curt Flood 1986–1997 (his death)
She made her film debut as one of the title characters in William Castle's 13 Frightened Girls (1963). Pace got her first major break in Hollywood as the first black villainess on TV with her role as "Vickie Fletcher" in the hit ABC-TV soap-opera/drama series Peyton Place (1968). She became a familiar face in the 1970s on both the big and small screen, appearing in popular blaxploitation movies and popular television shows. Television shows on which she appeared include Batman, Bewitched, The Flying Nun, I Spy, The Mod Squad, That's My Mama, Kung Fu, Sanford and Son, Good Times and What's Happening. For one season, she starred in the drama The Young Lawyers broadcast on ABC. Pace also had a key supporting role as Gale Sayers's wife in the critically acclaimed 1971 ABC-TV movie Brian's Song.
She met her second husband, late baseball great Curt Flood, as a bachelorette contestant on the game show The Dating Game. They married in 1986, and remained together until Flood's death in 1997. Her first husband, African-American actor Don Mitchell, co-starred for 7 years on the hit NBC-TV series Ironside. Pace is also the former sister-in law of the musician and actor Oscar Brown, Jr.