Showgirls is infamous for a lot of things. It killed any chance Elizabeth Berkley had of being a movie star. It also put dents in the careers of Kyle MacLachlan, Joe Eszterhas and Paul Verhoeven. They only person who came out smelling like a rose was Gina Gershon who knew just how to vamp up her performance. Showgirls didn’t make Gershon a household name, but it put her on the map which lead to parts in movies like Bound and Face/Off. In this profile from the July 1997 issue of Movieline, Gershon describes what it’s like to kiss costar Nicolas Cage.
Elizabeth Hurley, one of our two WTHH birthdays today, is celebrating her 52nd. The English actress and model made her film debut in 1987 in Aria, but remained a relative unknown (other than as Hugh Grant’s main squeeze) until she starred as Vanessa Kensington in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Briefly, she seemed to be breaking out as a star, but the failures of films like Bedazzled and Serving Sara ended that short flirtation. Recently she has made a mini-comeback, starring as Queen Helena on E!’s The Royals.
This week, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the greatest cult movie about Vegas showgirls ever to ruin the movie career of a Saved By the Bell cast member. It is admittedly a very narrow category. Critics hated it. Audiences stayed home. The movie and its star were held up for ridicule. But two decades later, we’re still talking about Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls. So here’s some totally awesome facts you need to know.