Trina Parks was born on December 26, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. Her father Charles Frazier, was a renowned tenor saxophonist with Cab Calloway’s orchestra. Parks majored in modern dance at the New York High School of Performing Arts. She also studied with Katherine Dunham and subsequently joined Dunham’s professional dance company in 1964. Additional concert dance credits include Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow, Talley Beatty, Geoffrey Holder, Eleo Pomare and Rod Rodgers. Parks performed in numerous Broadway productions as a vocalist and dancer, including a lead role in the 10th anniversary touring production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. She was the first African- American Bond girl Thumper in the 1971 James Bond classic Diamonds are Forever.
James Bond (Sean Connery) gets a kick (or three) from Lola Larson as Bambi and Trina Parks as Thumper (uncredited) in this clip from Diamonds Are Forever
I’m Bambi and I’m Thumper
Clip featuring Trina Parks from a documentary about Diamonds Are Forever and some interesting material about the great fight between fit martial arts gymnasts and an outclassed Bond.
Diamonds Are Forever Documentary
Diamonds Are Forever opening credits performed by Shirley Bassey