|(January 14, 1945 – July 9, 2010)|
Life and careerVonetta McGee was born in San Francisco on January 14, 1945, and graduated from San Francisco Polytechnic High School. She made her debut in 1968 as the eponymous star of 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. She also starred alongside Clint Eastwood in the action thriller The Eiger Sanction (1975).
In 1987, McGee married the actor Carl Lumbly; they had one child. McGee died from cardiac arrest on July 9, 2010.
- 1968: Faustina
- 1968: The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio, Le grand silence)
- 1969: The Lost Man
- 1970: The Kremlin Letter
- 1972: Melinda
- 1972: Blacula
- 1972: Hammer
- 1973: Detroit 9000
- 1973: Shaft in Africa
- 1975: The Eiger Sanction
- 1977: Brothers
- 1978: Superdome
- 1984: Repo Man
- 1984-1986: Cagney & Lacey (TV series)
- 1985: Hell Town
- 1987: Bustin' Loose (TV series)
- 1989-1990: L.A. Law (TV series)
- 1990: To Sleep with Anger
- 1998: Johnny B Good
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