Judy Pace

Judy Lenteen Pace (born June 15, 1942) is an American actress known for her roles in films and television shows, particularly blaxploitation films. Pace portrayed Vickie Fletcher on the TV series Peyton Place (1968–1969) and Pat Walters on the ABC drama series The Young Lawyers (1969–1971), for which she won an Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 1970.

Judy Pace
Judy Lenteen Pace

(1942-06-15) June 15, 1942
Years active1963present
Don Mitchell
(m. 1972; div. 1984)

Curt Flood
(m. 1986; died 1997)
Children2; including Julia Pace Mitchell
AwardsImage Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series The Young Lawyers (1970)

Early life and career

Pace was born the second of two daughters in Los Angeles, California, to an airplane mechanic and a dressmaker.[1] Pace's older sister Jean Pace Brown was an activist who was married to musician and actor Oscar Brown, Jr. After high school, Pace attended Los Angeles City College, majoring in sociology.[2] Pace made her film debut as one of the title characters in William Castle's 13 Frightened Girls (1963).[3] She got her first major break in Hollywood in 1968 as the first black villainess on TV with her role as Vickie Fletcher in the hit ABC-TV soap-opera/drama series Peyton Place.[4] Also in 1968, Pace was singled out for praise by noted film critic Roger Ebert, for her performance in the popular youth-oriented film, Three in the Attic:

The find in this movie, for my money, is the young black actress Judy Pace, who is terrific. Variety calls her "the most beautiful black actress in Hollywood," which is debatable since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, etc., but she's a quick, funny actress who can put an edge on a line and keep a scene sparkling.[5]

Pace quickly became a familiar face in the 1970s on both the big and small screens, appearing in popular blaxploitation movies and popular television shows. Television shows on which she appeared include Batman, Tarzan, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, I Spy, The Mod Squad, That's My Mama, Kung Fu, Sanford and Son, What's Happening!!, and Good Times. For one season, she starred in the drama The Young Lawyers broadcast on ABC. Pace also had a key supporting role as Gale Sayers's wife, Linda, in the critically acclaimed 1971 ABC-TV movie Brian's Song.[3]

Personal life

In 1972, Pace married actor Don Mitchell.[2] They had two daughters together before their divorce in 1984.[2][6] Their daughters are actress Julia Pace Mitchell and Shawn Meshelle Mitchell.[7] Pace had been courted by late baseball great Curt Flood in 1966 when he saw her as a bachelorette contestant on the game show The Dating Game.[3] They dated until 1970. After divorcing Mitchell in 1984, Pace and Flood met again, leading to their 1986 marriage.[3] They remained together until Flood's death in 1997.[2][8]

TV and filmography

As actress:

As herself:

  • Stevie Wonder/The Moments/Fully Guaranteed (1973) (TV episode)
  • Soul Train (1973)
  • Christopher Jones (1999)
  • E! True Hollywood Story (1999)
  • Curt Flood (2000) (TV episode)
  • ESPN SportsCentury (two episodes, 2000–2004)
  • Disciples of Jackie Robinson (2004) (TV episode)



  1. Brad Snyder (2007). "A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports". Penguin.
  2. McCann, Bob (2009). "Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television". McFarland. pp. 257–258.
  3. Lisanti, Tom (2010). "Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, Beach, and Elvis Movies". McFarland.
  4. "Little Known Black History Fact: Judy Pace". 1 April 2013.
  5. Ebert, Roger (20 December 1968). "THREE IN THE ATTIC". RogerEbert.com. Chicago Sun-Times.
  6. name="obit"/>Harris M. Lentz III (2014). "Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2013". McFarland. p. 259.
  7. "Julia Pace Mitchell". IMDb.
  8. Ebert, Roger (January 10, 1969). "Interview with Judy Pace". RogerEbert.com.
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