WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ Actress Pam Grier will be honored next month during a North Carolina film festival.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Grier will receive a master of cinema award during the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem. The festival runs April 23-28.

Grier is a Winston-Salem native who appears in the Showtime series "The L Word." She's best known for starring in blaxploitation movies in the 1970s.

Grier was born in Winston-Salem in 1949. Her family later settled in Colorado, where Grier graduated from high school.

Actor Bill Pullman will also receive the award. He's appeared in "Independence Day," ”While You Were Sleeping" and other movies.

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