Actor: Elizabeth Berkley
Release date: 1995
Perhaps the most iconic career killer was Elizabeth Berkley’s role in Paul Veerhoeven’s 90s erotic classic Showgirls. While torn to shreds by critics and audiences alike at the time, the movie has now been reclaimed as a celebrated cult classic.
And to many, the movie is even a misunderstood masterpiece that was ahead of its time.
And so, while Berkley herself would claim it’s the role that destroyed her career as showgirl Nomi who tries to make a name for herself in Vegas, even she has come around on it. At a 2015 screening of the movie at Los Angeles’ Cinespia, she made an appearance to raucous applause.