Thursday, October 05, 2006

Cleopatra Jones RIP

Tamara Dobson, AKA Cleopatra Jones, passed away Monday: "Tamara Dobson, the statuesque model-turned-actress who made a name for herself in two Cleopatra Jones "blaxploitation" films of the 1970s, died Monday of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis, her publicist said. She was 59. "

In tribute, here's Mark Eitzel's ode, from his tragically out-of-print but highly affordable album 60-Watt Silver Lining.

"The people I was with said you were nothing but a fag hag and a dope fiend/but the song of your eyes was of the loneliest woman I've ever seen/we talked drunkenly at the bar, I thought there's a sweetness here the world is missing/you just got fired and now you're out high and drunk and celebrating/Cleopatra Jones/if they don't see you, then they're blind/Cleopatra Jones/liquor and love and everything that's kind..." (full lyrics at Exit Productions).

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