Vonetta McGee

Vonetta McGee (January 14, 1945 – July 9, 2010) was an American actress. Vonetta McGee was born in San Francisco, to Alma and Lawrence McGee. She graduated from San Francisco Polytechnic High School and made her debut in 1968 as the eponymous character in the 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. Vonetta McGee played “Thomasine” in the western action film Thomasine & Bushrod, in 1974. Max Julien portrayed Bushrod in a film intended as a counterpart to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. 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, Brandon. McGee died from cardiac arrest on July 9, 2010.


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