She didn’t have much of a film career, but Tamara Dobson was an astonishing presence, all 6’ 2” of her. Caught in the wave of the so-called Blaxploitation genre during the 1970s, she starred as Cleopatra Jones (1973), a voluptuous special agent out to kick ass and bust drug traffickers. Its sequel, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975) is a deranged masterpiece, an unlikely mix of baaaddaaassss with Hong Kong chop socky, Tamara taking down sultry and stacked Stella Stevens as the ‘Dragon Lady.’ In Norman… Is That You? (1976), she appeared with an oddball ensemble cast that included Redd Foxx (pictured above), Pearl Bailey, Jayne Meadows, Mad magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, and ventriloquist Wayland Flowers. The lovely lady passed away this week, at the age of fifty-nine. Read the obituary at CNN.