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Vonetta McGee (born Lawrence Vonetta McGee), actress. She is known for her roles in Blaxploitation films Melinda, Thomasine & Bushrod, Blacula, Hammer, & Shaft in Africa; Italian films Faustina & Il Grande Silenzo; the action thriller The Eiger Sanction, opposite Clint Eastwood; & the TV series Bustin' Loose with Richard Pryor. She was named after her father, Lawrence, and was married to actor Carl Lumbly (agent Marcus Dixon on the TV series Alias) until she died of cardiac arrest. R.I.P. Classic Beauty, African American, Blaxploit Actresses, Black Legacy, Black Beauty, Vonetta Mcgee, Hollywood Beauty, Black History, Black Exploit
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Vonetta McGee (January 14, 1945 – July 9, 2010) was an American actress
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