Wednesday 5 October 2022

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #30

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #30

For the month of October our Photo Opportunity features a rarely seen shot of Clint with co-star Vonetta McGee, disusing the script during the filming of The Eiger Sanction (1975) while on location in Switzerland. 

McGee landed her first role alongside Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski in Sergio Corbucci's Spaghetti Western The Great Silence (1968), and made her first released film appearance that same year as the eponymous character in the Italian comedy Faustina, which was released before the former film. She later became well known for her parts in the 1972 Blaxploitation films Melinda and Hammer. In the action thriller Shaft in Africa (1973), McGee took the role of Aleme, the daughter of an emir, who teaches John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) Ethiopian geography. Earlier that year she had appeared in a supporting role as an occult priestess in The Norliss Tapes. In 1974, McGee appeared as Thomasine, alongside Max Julien as Bushrod, in the western action film Thomasine & Bushrod, which was intended as a counterpart to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The next year, she starred alongside Clint in the action thriller The Eiger Sanction (1975). She also appeared in an episode of the TV series Starsky & Hutch named "Black and Blue" in 1979.

McGee died of cardiac arrest on July 9, 2010, at the age of 65.

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