Actress Vonetta McGee Passes Away

Screen siren and blaxploitation-era star suffers a heart attack. She was 65.


Model-turned-actress Vonetta McGee has passed away. The San Francisco native, who beat Hodgkin's lymphoma as a young girl to grow up and star opposite Hollywood heavyweights Richard Roundtree, William Marshall and Clint Eastwood, died from a heart attack. McGee is best remembered for her roles as Aleme in Shaft in Africa, co-starring Roundtree; as Luva/Tina in Blacula opposite William Marshall; and as Jemima Brown in The Eiger Sanction, co-starring Clint Eastwood. She continued to work in film, starring in To Sleep with Anger, and in television, including turns on Cagney and Lacey and Bustin' Loose (the television show). She was 65.

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