Tamara Dobson was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 14, 1947. She attended Western High School and later attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she began her modeling career. She would eventually move to New York City. Tamara’s appeared in various magazines including Vogue, Essence, Mademoiselle, Redbook and Ebony.
Tamara made her film debut in “Fuzz.” She would later appear in “Come Back, Charleston Blue,” “Norman Is That You” and “Chained Heat.” Tamara’s breakthrough role came in 1973 when she starred in the title role of “Cleopatra Jones.” Her role as Cleopatra Jones was the first black super-heroine in the "blaxploitation" genre -- a striking, fierce and fashion-conscious spy. In 1975 Tamara reprised her role in the sequel “Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.” At 6 feet 2 inches tall, she was at one time recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest leading lady in film.
With her degree in fashion design Tamara designed fashions for women, especially tall women.
On Monday, October 2, 2006 Tamara passed away in Baltimore, Maryland at the Keswick Multi-Care Center where she had lived for the past 2 years. According to her publicist she died from complications of pneumonia and multiple sclerosis.
Tamara's film credits include the following:
- Amazons (1984)(Tv Movie)
- Chained Heat (1983)
- Murder At The World Series (1977)(Tv Movie)
- Norman Is That You? (1975)
- Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)
- Cleopatra Jones (1973)
- Fuzz (1972)
- Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Tamara:
Tamara Dobson@Internet Movie Database
Tamara Dobson@Brian's Drive-In Theater
Tamara Dobson News
Tamara Dobson News, Interviews & Updates