Born in 1949 in Winston-Salem, NC, Pam Grier was the daughter of a U.S. Air Force mechanic. She grew up on military bases in Germany and England.
She found her calling when she won the title as first runner up of Miss Colorado Universe Pageant at the age of 18. It was there she was spotted by a talent manger. She signed with the manager and moved to Los Angeles.
Her career took off as the “foxy” actress we all know and love in 1970’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a movie about three young, beautiful girls that come to LA to make it big. She became a huge part of the Blaxploitation era working in movies such as Black Mama White Mama (1973), Foxy Brown (1974), and Friday Foster (1975).
Today, the 65 year old diva has worked on projects like the Showtime drama series The L Word (2004-2009), and Just Wright (2010).
But what else has this pioneer of black film been up to? In 2010, she released a memoir called Foxy: My Life In Three Acts. In her memoir she reveals struggles, health issues and the affects of working in the entertainment industry.
She talks about her tumultuous relationship with comedy legend Richard Pryor. She shares a story of a routine doctor’s appointment when they discovered cocaine on her cervix, caused from her former boyfriend. She talks about her trying to help Pryor find sobriety and their dramatic break up.
During a recent interview with Oprah, she talked her new interest in knitting with her sister. The seasoned actress released a femme revenge independent film, Skinny Dip (2012) in Cannes. She is also working on a replica of retro black action cinema that still gives us chills, Old School Gangstas. This film is currently in production.
Here’s how Grier recounts the conversation with her doctor:
He said, “Pam, I want to tell you about an epidemic that’s prevalent in Beverly Hills right now. It’s a buildup of cocaine residue around the cervix and in the v@gina. You have it. Are you doing drugs?”
“No,” I said, astonished.
“Well, it’s really dangerous,” he went on. “Is your partner putting cocaine on his penis to sustain his erection?”
“No,” I said, “not that I know of. It’s not like he has a pile of cocaine next to the bed and he dips his penis in it before we have sex.” I had a nauseating flash of one of Richard’s famous lines: Even my dick has a cocaine jones.
“Are you sure he isn’t doing it in the bathroom before he comes to bed?” the doctor asked.
“That’s a possibility,” I said. “You know, I am dating Richard Pryor.”
“Oh, my God,” he said. “We have a serious problem here. If he’s not putting it on his skin directly, then it’s worse because the coke is in his seminal fluid.”
The doctor then asks her if her mouth went numb while performing oral sex on Pryor, which she says it did, and which he links to the Novocaine-like effects of cocaine.
1970s icons aside, is this a real phenomenon? At least one doctor is highly skeptical. We checked in with Dr. Jan Gurley, a physician who works at a public-health clinic for the homeless in San Francisco and, in her spare time, blogs for SFGate.com. The phenomenon was news to her, but she gamely called the San Francisco Forensic Office, where the first medical examiner she spoke to also had never heard of it. A request is in to the San Francisco Forensic Office’s Chief Toxicologist and an Ob-Gyn.
But here’s why it’s unlikely from a physiological standpoint: Cocaine is a form of adrenaline, and your body processes it on a temporary basis, Doc Gurley explained. The speed with which your body processes it depends on the blood flow to the area; toxicologists testing for cocaine often check the eyeballs or the nose, because those are low blood-flow areas. The v@gina, however, is a high blood-flow zone — Doc Gurley says the Ob-Gyn surgeons’ term of art is that the v@gina is “very forgiving.” (It really is, if you think about it.)
Bottom line: “It’s extremely unlikely that there could be any toxic v@gina effect of cocaine,” Gurley says.
The one outstanding question is whether ejaculate can store cocaine, and how fast a woman could “heal” from that after sex.
“All in all, having any doctor tell any patient something like that smacks of either misremembered recall on the patient’s part, or, possibly more likely, a sleazy attempt by a vaguely irresponsible doc to scare someone into making a major life change,” Gurley says. But, she adds, “This whole topic is yet another morality tale showing yet another reason why it’s so important to insist on a condom.”
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