Tamara Dobson


BALTIMORE (AP) - Tamara Dobson, the tall, stunning model-turned-actress who portrayed a strong female role as Cleopatra Jones in two "blaxploitation" films, has died.

Dobson, 59, died Monday of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis at the Keswick Multi-Care Center, where she had lived for the past two years, her publicist said.

At 6 feet, 2 inches (1.88 meters) 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."

Dobson lived most of her adult life in New York, her family said. She was diagnosed six years ago with multiple sclerosis.
Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press

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I love all Her movies. May GOD Keep His Arms Around You.

Sorry for the loss of Tamara Dobson, remember her well. Not her personal friend didn't know what to pick. No her from TV. Strong black figure of tall statue. Great Actress To the Family, my Deepest Sympathy , late , but God Bless. From me, Crystal Smith ,

Loved her character in the Cleopatra Jones series, ....i recieved an autographed photo from her when mailed her a birthday card the year "...Casinio of Gold" was released! Boy was I excited, she thanked me me for the greeting! I was resididing in Washinton DC , then. I always thought she was so fabulous !

I used to watch her in cleopatra jones on tv loved her we were born on the same day may 14 rest in peace

She was very talented as well as sexy l really enjoy her movies especially Cleopatra Jones she will surely be miss

I first learned about Ms. Tamara Dobson from the movie Cleopatra Jones when I left the show from seeing the movie you couldn't tell me that I wasn't her I admire her so much May U Rest In The Arms Of The Lord Rest On Queen ♥♥Miss U!

She was an awesome actress since I viewed her on the film Chained Heat. I never saw her in any other films just the one I indicated. She was one tough lady and big and tall. I wish I were tall like she was. I read about how she died from respiratory problems from congestion due to severe blocking of her lungs.

Miss you Lady