Tamara Dobson
Tamara Dobson
Tamara Dobson
Vital Information
Gender: Female
Birthname: Tamara Janice Dobson
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Deathplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Actress, fashion model
Years active: 1969-1987
Family/Personal information
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: "The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice" (Season 5)
Character(s) played: Charlene "Charlie Phillips
Sanford and Son retro Wiki Script

Tamara Janice Dobson (May 14, 1947 - October 2, 2006) appeared in an uncredited role as Charlene "Charlie" Phillips in the Season 5 episode of Sanford and Son titled "The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice". A former actress and fashion model, Tamara became best known for her title roles in the 1973 Blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones and its 1975 sequel Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.[1]

Life and CareerEdit

Dobson was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She started as a beautician. While working, she received her degree in fashion illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. While studying, she was discovered in 1969 and began to film commercials and modeling. After school, she moved from Maryland to New York to model and act full-time. Dobson, who stood 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm), eventually became a fashion model for Vogue Magazine.[2] Reportedly there was animosity between Dobson and Pam Grier with Dobson's publicist writing that "Miss Dobson refuses to appear in the same book much less on the same page as Miss Grier" and "Miss Dobson also has refused to participate in the same celebrity events in which Miss Grier is involved". Dobson's animosty was believed to be due to her refusing to do nude scenes in films as opposed to Pam Grier.[3]


Dobson died on October 2, 2006 in her native Baltimore, of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis, at the age of 59.[4][5]


  1. "Tamara Dobson, 59; Former Model Starred in `Cleopatra Jones' Movies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. "Cleopatra Jones star Tamara Dobson dies at 59". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. p.94 Sims, Yvonne D. Women of Blaxploitation: How the Black Action Film Heroine Changed American Popular Culture McFarland, 24 Aug 2006
  4. "Tamara Dobson, 59, Model and Actress, Dies". The New York Times. October 6, 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  5. "Actress Tamara Dobson, 59, starred as `Cleopatra Jones'". Baltimore Sun. October 5, 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 

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