Blaxploitation star Vonetta McGee dies

Actress appeared in 'Blacula,' 'Shaft in Africa,' later 'L.A. Law'

Vonetta McGee, who co-starred in 1970s blaxploitation movies such as "Blacula," died July 9 at a hospital in Berkeley. She was 65.

Family spokeswoman Kelly Nayo said McGee had been on life support for two days after going into cardiac arrest.

McGee's heyday was in the 1970s with the wave of movies aimed at black audiences such as 1972 pair "Blacula" and "Hammer" and 1973's "Shaft in Africa." She also starred opposite Clint Eastwood in "The Eiger Sanction" (1975).

McGee didn't like the term "blaxploitation," telling the Los Angeles Times that it had racist overtones.

McGee made several other movies and in the 1980s turned mainly to television, including recurring roles on "Helltown" and "L.A. Law."
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