Tamara Dobson, the tall model-turned-actress who portrayed a strong female role as Cleopatra Jones in two blaxploitation films died Oct. 2 in Baltimore of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis. She was 59.
At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Dobson was striking as the kung-fu fighting government agent Cleopatra Jones in 1973. She reprised the role in 1975’s “Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.”
“She was not afraid to start a trend,” said her brother, Peter Dobson, of Houston. “She designed a lot of the clothing that so many women emulated.”
Dobson also appeared in “Come Back, Charleston Blue,” “Norman, Is That You?” “Murder at the World Series” and “Chained Heat.”
She had TV roles in the early 1980s in “Jason of Star Command” and “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.”
She was diagnosed six years ago with multiple sclerosis.