Judy joined Peyton Place during its last season (1968-1969). She was not there from the beginning. Percy Rodrigues integrated the serial as Dr. Harry Miles, not Judy Pace as Vickie Fletcher.
As she gained notoriety in the television industry, executives of Fashion Fair cosmetics took notice of Judy Pace. Pace became the first model to appear in Fashion Fair advertisements. The ads soon also featured “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin.
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Pace starred alongside television beauties Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith in a show entitled “Owners”. For the first time in TV history, a black woman was shown as the roommate of two white women. The network executives were in talks of a new series that featured three women as crime-fighting beauty icons. They saw Fawcett and Smith as perfect choices, but believed that the black woman, who already had proven chemistry on screen, could not be a part of the cast. So they did not choose Judy Pace as the third Charlie’s Angel.
In the 1960’s, actors in the entertainment industry had to be signed with a major motion picture studio to be considered for work. Pace was the first black woman to receive a contract to a major motion picture studio; she was signed to Screen Gems/Columbia pictures, then was later the first black to get a contract with 20th Century Fox. She recalls being the only black person on the studio lot besides Joseph, the gentleman hired to shine shoes.
During that time period, African American actors weren’t typically seen in productions if they were darker skinned. Pace (also known as Judy Pace Mitchell) was the first black actress of a dark skin color to reach a high level of prestige in entertainment.