Pam Grier and Richard Pryor were in a high profile relationship in the 1970's. Since Pryor's death in 2005, Grier has not held back on revealing the secrets of her relationship to the public. In her 2011 memoir Foxy: My Life in Three Acts (Grand Central Publishing), Grier came clean about her issues with Pryor. Below is an excerpt from Grier's book, she writes:
One day, I went in for my annual checkup with my gynecologist. After the exam, he asked me to step into his office to talk.
“Pam, I want to tell you about an epidemic that’s prevalent in Beverly Hills right now. It’s a buildup of cocaine residue around the cervix and in the vagina. You have it. Are you doing drugs?
“No,” I said, astonished.
“Well, it’s really dangerous,” he went on. “Is your partner putting cocaine on his penis to sustain his erection?”
“No,” I said. “not that I know of. It’s not like he has a pile of cocaine next to the bed and he dips his penis in it before we have sex.”
Suddenly, I had a nauseating flash of one of Richard’s famous lines: Even my dick has a cocaine jones.
“Are you sure he isn’t doing it in the bathroom before he comes to bed?” the doctor asked.
“That’s a possibility,” I said. “You know, I am dating Richard Pryor.”
“Oh, my God,” he said. “We have a serious problem here. If he’s not putting it on his skin directly, then it’s worse because the coke is in his seminal fluid. You can have some serious cervical and uterine problems. You can even become sterile and you might have to have a hysterectomy.
“Will it ever go away,” I asked. “It’ll go away eventually,” the doctor said.
Fans were shocked to read this when the now legendary actress published this. Click continue to see photos of the couple during happier times.