Most Memorable Role: Foxy Brown in Foxy Brown (1974)

As the titular character in Foxy Brown, Pam Grier instantly became the definitive face (and body) of '70s blaxploitation films. A testament to her enduring legacy, when Quentin Tarantino was to pay homage to the genre with Jackie Brown more than 20 years later, he didn't have to look any further than Grier when casting the lead. Like a true superwoman, she'd proven age was no match for her.