Strippers of the Silver Screen

Actors and actresses have been portraying strippers in Hollywood films that range from zombie flicks to Oscar-nominated high art. With Channing Tatum's stripper rom-com "Magic Mike" right around the corner, let's revisit some of the best and worst.

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Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer and Joe Manganiello all work for Matthew McConaughey at the nightclub Xquisite, gyrating away for the amusement of screaming women wielding fistfuls of cash, in director Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," which opens June 29. Let's celebrate be remembering some of Hollywood's greatest screen strippers…
Lindsay Lohan starred as a pair of estranged identical twins in the thriller "I Know Who Killed Me" (2007), one of them is a studious girl from the suburbs, the other a stripper named Dakota. The film would make less than $10 million and win eight Razzie Awards, including three for LiLo.
Jessica Biel starred in "Powder Blue" (2009), as a single mother with a son in a coma, who works at a nightclub owned by Patrick Swayze, in his final film role. The film was huge in Kazakhstan.
Jessica Alba plied her trade as Nancy Callahan, a dancer at Kadie's Bar in Robert Rodriguez's classic comic book adaptation "Sin City" (2005). No need to worry about her, she was only dancing to pay for law school.
Natalie Wood played the title role in "Gypsy" (1962), the classic Sondheim musical based on the memoir of Gypsy Rose Lee, who overcame a domineering stage mother to become a burlesque superstar.
The real-life Gypsy would later co-star alongside Joanne Woodward in "The Stripper" (1963), about an aging actress who finds herself dancing in a balloon bikini while sex-starved men try pop the balloons with their cigarettes.
Julianne Hough starred in "Rock of Ages" (2012), as a small-town girl chasing her dreams of singing stardom, only to wind up on the pole at The Venus Club.
Halle Berry made a desperate bid for Oscar attention by playing "Frankie and Alice" (2010), the former a stripper, the latter a personality of a racist white woman trying to take control of her life. Her ploy did not work.
Daryl Hannah led a cast of dancers that included Sandra Oh and Jennifer Tilly in "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" (2000), which follows the lives of five strippers struggling with incest, unwanted pregnancy, physical abuse and unrealized dreams.
Demi Moore starred in "Striptease" (1996), an adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel about a woman who goes to work as a dancer to earn enough money to fight for custody of her daughter and finds herself ensnared in political intrigue when a perverted congressman, played by Burt Reynolds, takes a shine to her. It's even sillier than that.
Heather Graham got her break playing a porn star in "Boogie Nights," and years later played a stripper with a heart of gold-- and an infant son-- who marries Ed Helms after a wild a bachelor party in "The Hangover" (2009). Helms' run-in with a hooker, in "The Hangover Part II," would go quite differently.
Chris Atkins parlayed his "Blue Lagoon" fame into the lead role in "A Night in Heaven" (1983), in which he plays college student by day, stripper by night who becomes involved with a professor, played by Leslie Anne Warren, who had flunked him.
Elizabeth Berkley played the lead in one of the most reviled and ridiculed films of recent memory, "Showgirls" (1996), about a young woman who hitches her way to Vegas, where she is robbed of her money and forced to dance nude to make ends meet. Even as films about strippers go, it is jaw-droppingly objectifying and misogynistic.
Not long before landing her breakout role on "Community," Gillian Jacobs had a small part in "Choke" (2008), the adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel starring Sam Rockwell as a sex addict who works at a colonial theme park and fakes choking to get people to save him and then give him money of pity.
Jamie Lee Curtis was forced to do a striptease by an arms dealer in "True Lies" (1994), but it's cool because it turns out to be her secret agent husband, played by Arnokd Schwarzenegger, working undercover.
Jenna Jameson gained fame as a porn star, but in one of her rare non-porn roles she was among the titular "Zombie Strippers" (2008), a film that is said to be loosely based on Eugene Ionesco's "Rhinoceros." Go figure.
Pamela Anderson's "Barb Wire" (1996) is basically a post-apocalyptic gender-flip on "Casablanca." She plays a nightclub owner whose ex shows up begging her to help his new lover evade capture by the authorities—it's pretty amazing.
Lolita Davidovich played the legendary Blaze Starr in "Blaze" (1989), based on the dancer's memoir that focused on her romance with Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, played by Paul Newman.
Rose McGowan was hands-down the sexiest one-legged stripper in film history as Cherry Darling in "Grindhouse" (2007), in which she trades in her peg leg for a combination machine gun/grenade launcher.
Marisa Tomei earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a stripper in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" (2008), which starred Mickey Rourke as a past-his-prime wrestler struggling with serious heath issues and an estranged daughter.
Natalie Portman, too, received an Academy Award nomination for playing a stripper, in director Mike Nichols' "Closer," which co-stars Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. It's 104 minutes of despicable, self-involved people cheating on each other, and boasted the incredibly obnoxious tagline, "Intimacy is a lie we tell ourselves."
Kathleen Turner lent her sultry voice to the sexy Jessica Rabbit in the live action/cartoon hybrid "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1998), in which Bob Hoskins must try to prove that a beloved 'toon is not guilty of murder.
Mia Kirshner was the object of desire in writer-director Atom Egoyan's "Exotica" (1994), as a stripper frequented by Bruce Greenwood, who has her wear a Catholic schoolgirl's uniform while giving him lap dances. Great film, total bummer.
Salma Hayek has to be considered the queen of the movie exotic dancers, having played one in "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996, above), "Dogma" (1999) and "Americano" (2012), and it's hard to dispute her qualifications.
Paz de la Huerta played Linda in "Enter the Void" (2010) a stripper working in Tokyo and living with her drug dealer brother, who dies of an overdose. But having promised to never his sister, his soul refuses to leave Earth, floating through the city streets to keep an eye on her.
And then there's "The Full Monty" (1997), a British comedy about a group of guys led by Robert Carlyle who decide the only way to make enough money to cover their bills is to put on a strip show.
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