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'Cleopatra Jones' Actress Tamara Dobson

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Tamara Dobson

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Tamara Dobson, the stunning Amazonian model-turned-actress who portrayed a strong female role as "Cleopatra Jones" in two "blaxploitation" films, died Monday, October 2 from complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis at the Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 59.

A native of Baltimore, Dobson studied fashion illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and began modeling there. She soon attracted the attention of the New York fashion world with her 6-foot-2, traffic-stopping hourglass figure and huge Afro hairstyle.

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Model Tamara Dobson

After moving to New York, she appeared in many magazines, including Vogue, Redbook, Ebony and Essence. She appeared in television commercials for Faberge, Chanel and Revlon. Her film career began in 1972 with a small role in "Fuzz" as the girlfriend of the "deaf man" villain played by Yul Brynner.

Her big break came in 1973 when she was cast in the title role of "Cleopatra Jones"

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