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With soccer moms now taking pole dancing aerobics at the Y, it’s safe to say that stripping (not to mention its costumed cousin, burlesque) has seduced mainstream America ... for better or worse.
However, for every relatively whimsical look at the profession ("The Full Monty," "Sin City"), there seems to be at least two darker examinations. In the case of "About Cherry," sometimes working in a strip club can lead to stripping (and doing other stuff) on a porn set. But then there's Jennifer Aniston in "We're the Millers" and ... well, that's just all sorts of hot n' hilarious. Get More »
What do Olivia Wilde, Salma Hayek, Natalie Portman, Marisa Tomei, Cameron Diaz, Amy Smart, and Demi Moore all have in common? No, not Ashton Kutcher. At one point or another, all of these respected, revered actresses of American cinema have glided up, down, or sideways in an on-screen striptease.
And that is reason enough for this superset of movie strippers to exist.
One big, glaring omission stings, though: the forgotten "Showgirls." The mashup covers the gamut, but they really did Jessie Spano a disservice by failing to honor the unforgettably atrocious '90s clunker. Lindsay Lohan may never be able to escape "I Know Who Killed Me," but if there's going to be a stripping montage, Elizabeth Berkeley might as well run and hide, too.
Given Natalie Portman's résumé, which includes playing everything from coquettish teenager to epileptic liar to damaged ballerina, it's really not all that shocking to find her move on to "archer in Medieval stoner comedy" in "Your Highness."
Regardless of its success, the 29-year-old actress is at a career peak right now, having just won Best Actress at this year's Academy Awards for her role as a troubled ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," and has no less than four major movies releasing (or released) this year.
But it's just the latest in a series of roles dating back more than 15 years that have made Portman "America's Girlfriend." To wit, a look back. Get More »