Ms. Dobson was born in Baltimore, Maryland and received her degree in fashion illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Dobson, who stood 6 feet 2 inches, initially started a career as a licensed beautician but later set out to be a fashion designer.
Between 1970 and 1971, Dobson headed to New York City after she was selected for a fashion show. She eventually became a fashion model for Vogue, ESSENCE, Mademoiselle, Redbook and EBONY magazines, and appeared in a number of commercials before entering films.
In 1972, Dobson appeared in small roles in several films, including Come Back, Charleston Blue and Fuzz. She ultimately became an actress and made a few films in Hollywood but she is best known for her roles in the Blaxploitation films, Cleopatra Jones (1973) and Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975).
Ms. Dobson died on October 2, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis. She was 59.