Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Traveled around USA with family before settling in Denver, Colorado
Participated in beauty contests in order to earn money for college
Moved to Los Angeles (date approximate)
Hired to answer phones at American International Pictures (AIP)
Feature film debut, "The Big Doll House"
First blaxploitation feature, "Hit Man"
Had leading role in "Coffey"
Co-starred with Richard Pryor in "Greased Lightning"
TV debut in a miniseries, "Roots: The Next Generation" (ABC)
Debut in a TV-movie, "Badge of the Assassin" (CBS)
Episodic TV debut as guest, "Miami Vice"
Acted onstage in productions in Colorado
Diagnosed with cancer; underwent treatment for two years
Auditioned for a part in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; did not get the role but Tarantino promised to write a role for her
Reunited with other blaxploitation stars for "Original Gangstas"
Starred in Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"; Tarantino tailored the part for Grier, her first leading role in over 20 years
Co-starred in the Showtime comedy-drama "Linc's"
Played small role of a police detective investigating a possible homicide in "Jawbreaker"
Appeared in pivotal role in Jame Campion's "Holy Smoke"
Had co-starring role in "Ghosts of Mars"
Appeared with Snoop Dogg in "Bones"
Co-starred in "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"
Along with Adrien Brody and Jon Seda, co-starred in the crime drama "Love The Hard Way"
Played the sister of Jennifer Beals' character in the showtime series "The L Word," a story about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends
Appeared in the adventure/drama series "Smallville"
Co-starred opposite Queen Latifah in "Just Wright"