Vonetta McGee was born on January 14, 1940. She enrolled at San Francisco State University during the 1960’s. While there she joined The Aldridge Players West, a socially conscious performance troupe which articulated the Black struggle through the art of theater.
Vonetta’s film career started after she won the Miss Bronze California beauty contest. She appeared in several small roles in low budget films in Europe. After returning to the U.S. she landed a small part in the film "The Lost Man" with Sidney Poitier. Vonetta would later appear in such films as "Melinda," "Blacula,"
"Hammer," "Shaft In Africa," "Thomasine & Bushrod," "The Eiger Sanction," "To Sleep With Anger" and "Brothers." Though Vonetta appeared in numerous low budget blaxploitation films, she usually portrayed the supportive girlfriend roles. By the end of the 1970’s Hollywood turned away from blaxploitation films due to criticism from some in the black community.
During the 1980’s Vonetta appeared mostly on television. She guest starred in "Different Strokes," "Whiz Kids," "Magnum P.I.," "The Yellow Rose" and "Amen." She had a recurring role in "Cagney & Lacey." She starred in the tv shows "Bustin’ Loose," "Hell Town" and "L.A. Law." Her telefilm credits include "Hell Town," "Scruples," "Superdome" and "Cagney & Lacey: The Return."
Vonetta has been married to actor Carl Lumbly since 1987 and they have one child.
Vonetta's film credits include the following:
- Johnny B. (1998)
- The Man Next Door (1996)(Tv Movie)
- Cagney & Lacey: The Return (1994)(TV Movie)
- Wonderworks: You Must Remember This (1992)(TV Movie)
- Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992)(TV Movie)
- Stormy Weathers (1992)(TV Movie)
- Wonderworks: Brother Future (1991)(TV Movie)
- To Sleep with Anger (1990)
- Hell Town (1985)(TV Movie)
- Repo Man (1984)
- Scruples (1981)(TV Movie)
- Superdome (1978)(TV Movie)
- Woo fook (1977)
- Brothers (1977)
- The Eiger Sanction (1975)
- Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)
- Detroit 9000 (1973)
- Shaft in Africa (1973)
- The Norliss Tapes (1973)(TV Movie)
- Hammer (1972)
- Blacula (1972)
- Melinda (1972)
- Crucified Girls Of San Ramon (1972)
- The Kremlin Letter (1970)
- The Lost Man (1969)
- Faustina (1968)
- The Big Silence (1968)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Vonetta:
Vonetta McGee@Internet Movie Database
Spotlight on Vonetta McGee