I just saw this over at Bill Crider’s (who got it from TDOY pal Doc Quatermass): actress Vonetta McGee, whose foxy presence brightened many a 1970s blaxploitation flick, has passed away at the age of 65. She died Friday as a result of an incident of cardiac arrest at the hospital where she was being treated.
This is really devastating news to hear. I was a huge fan of Vonetta’s, having seen her in films like Blacula (1972—McGee and Denise Nicholas in the same vampire flick…yowsah!) and Shaft in Africa (1973) when I was a mere sprat staying up all hours of the night and gazing at late show movies. Among her other films: The Kremlin Letter (1970), Melinda (1972), Hammer (1972), Thomasine & Bushrod (1974), The Eiger Sanction (1975), Repo Man (1984) and To Sleep with Anger (1990).
McGee also had an extensive television resume, particular with recurring roles in series like
R.I.P, Vonetta. You will be sorely missed.