Vonetta McGee

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Vonetta McGee
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McGee in 1977.
Born Vonetta Lawrence McGee
(1945-01-14)January 14, 1945
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died July 9, 2010(2010-07-09) (aged 65)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Cardiac Arrest
Nationality American
Education San Francisco Polytechnic High School
San Francisco State University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–2007
Spouse(s) Carl Lumbly (m. May 29, 1987–2010; her death)
Partner(s) Max Julien (1974-1977)
Children Brandon Lumby (b. 1988)

Vonetta Lawrence McGee (January 14, 1945 – July 9, 2010) was an American actress.[1] She is best known for her roles during the 1970s, which included blaxploitation films such as Hammer, Melinda, Blacula, Shaft in Africa and 1974's Thomasine & Bushrod alongside her then-boyfriend Max Julien. She was a regular on the 1987 Universal Television situation comedy Bustin' Loose, starring as Mimi Shaw for its first and only season (1987-1988).

Early life[edit]

Born in San Francisco, California to Lawrence McGee and Alma McGee (née Scott),[2] McGee graduated from San Francisco Polytechnic High School in 1962. She enrolled at San Francisco State University and became involved in acting groups on campus.

Career[edit]

McGee made her debut in 1968 as the eponymous character in the Italian comedy Faustina. In the same year she performed alongside Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski in the Western The Great Silence, but became well known for her parts in the 1972 Blaxploitation films Melinda and Hammer. In the action thriller Shaft in Africa (1973), McGee took the role of Aleme, the daughter of an emir, who teaches John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) Ethiopian geography. In 1974, McGee appeared as Thomasine, alongside Max Julien as Bushrod, in the western action film Thomasine & Bushrod, which was intended as a counterpart to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The next year, she starred alongside Clint Eastwood in the action thriller The Eiger Sanction (1975). She appeared in an episode of the TV series Starsky & Hutch named "Black and Blue" in 1979.

Personal life and death[edit]

McGee was in a live-in relationship with Max Julien during the early-to-mid 1970s. In 1987, McGee married actor Carl Lumbly. They had one child, Brandon, born in 1988. McGee died of cardiac arrest on July 9, 2010, at the age of 65.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role
1968 Faustina Faustina Ceccarelli
The Great Silence Pauline
1969 The Lost Man Diane Lawrence
1970 The Kremlin Letter The Negress
1972 Melinda Melinda
Blacula Tina
Hammer Lois
1973 The Norliss Tapes Mme. Jeckiel
Detroit 9000 Roby Harris
Shaft in Africa Aleme
1974 Thomasine & Bushrod Thomasine
1975 The Eiger Sanction Jemima Brown
1977 Brothers Paula Jones
1978 Superdome Sonny
1984 Repo Man Marlene
1985 Hell Town Sister Indigo
1990 To Sleep with Anger Pat
1991 Brother Future Mortilla
1998 Johnny B Good Lidia
2007 Black August Georgia Jackson
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1984-86 Cagney & Lacey Claudia Petrie 4 episodes
1987-88 Bustin' Loose Mimi Shaw 26 episodes
1989-90 L.A. Law Jackie Williams 7 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McLellan, Dennis (July 15, 2010). "Vonetta McGee dies at 65; film actress during 1970s blaxploitation era". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  2. ^ Margalit Fox (July 16, 2010). "Vonetta McGee, Film and TV Actress, Dies at 65". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 

External links[edit]

This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.