These Movies Almost Destroyed Actors’ Careers

Showgirls Was Elizabeth Berkley’s Undoing

Elizabeth Berkley charmed tweens in the late ’80s and early ’90s as Jesse Spano on the much-loved TV series Saved By The Bell. Her co-stars Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar went on to have somewhat successful careers, but Berkley’s career was cut short following a risky role.

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She made a big mistake when she took the role of an exotic dancer in director Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls in 1995. She spent quite a bit of screen time in the buff and gave a horrible, much-maligned performance that kept casting agents far, far away from her. She resorted to small roles in subsequent years but never fully regained her footing.