Tamara Dobson

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Tamara Dobson
Tamara Dobson.jpg
Dobson as Cleopatra Jones, 1973.
Born Tamara Janice Dobson
(1947-05-14)May 14, 1947
Baltimore, Maryland
Died October 2, 2006(2006-10-02) (aged 59)
Baltimore, Maryland
Cause of death Complications from Pneumonia and Multiple Sclerosis
Nationality American
Education Maryland Institute College of Art
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 1969-1987

Tamara Janice Dobson (May 14, 1947 - October 2, 2006) was an African-American actress and fashion model. Though she appeared in a few films in Hollywood, she became best known for her title roles in the 1973 Blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones and its 1975 sequel Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dobson was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 14, 1947. She started as a beautician. Dobson started her modeling career doing fashion shows at her school, Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also received her degree in fashion illustration.[2] While studying, she was discovered in 1969 and began to film commercials and modeling.


After school, she moved from Maryland to New York to model and act full-time. Dobson eventually became a fashion model for Vogue Magazine, in addition to modeling for Essence magazine.[2][3] She was also in TV commercials for Revlon, Fabergé, and Chanel.[2] Dobson is also recognized by the Guinness book of world records as the "Tallest Leading Lady in Film", standing at 6 foot 2 inches.[2]


Dobson died on October 2, 2006, in her native Baltimore, Maryland, of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis, at the age of 59.[4][5]



  1. ^ "Tamara Dobson, 59; Former Model Starred in `Cleopatra Jones' Movies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Smart, Tall and Beautiful, Tamara Dobson | African American Registry". www.aaregistry.org. Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  3. ^ David Michael Ettlin (October 6, 2006). "Cleopatra Jones star Tamara Dobson dies at 59". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Tamara Dobson, 59, Model and Actress, Dies". The New York Times. October 6, 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Actress Tamara Dobson, 59, starred as `Cleopatra Jones'". Baltimore Sun. October 5, 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 

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