Tamara Dobson, who played the kung fu fighting, platform shoe-sporting title character in the blaxploitation movie "Cleopatra Jones," has died. She was 59.
Dobson died Monday of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis in Baltimore, according to her brother, Peter Dobson. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis six years ago.
A former beautician, the 6-foot-2 Dobson went on to work as a professional model before making her film debut in 1972's "Fuzz." But she was best known as Cleopatra Jones, a superagent with a supersize Afro and funky fur-trimmed leather jackets, in the 1973 film of the same name. (source)