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Linkmeister

Bernadette Peters, 1981. (SFW)

You make me wish I'd been gutsy enough to try the Drama Club in high school rather than the Colonial Chorale (I was the tenor).

actor212

I can't think of a single serious star who did it, even one who felt her career faltering or fading.

Farrah Fawcett

Alison Eastwood

Daryl Hannah

Denise Rich-- OK, bad example.

Teri Polo

OK, not many, but that's just since 2000.

MikeT

In my high school drama debut, my entrance line was "He should be fairly handsome..." at which point I come out.

The audience laughed.

Daily Actor

I was going to say ernadette Peters also...but Sharon Stone was an up and coming star when she posed.

dzman

I think Kim Basinger appeared in Playboy early in her film career. I think it was part of the promotion for "Never Say Never Again". "Bond girl" features were common in those days.

Ken Houghton

Am I allowed to argue that actor212's list (possibly excepting Ash/Rebecca Wells/Fokkerwife) proves the point?

I would be on Teachout's side, but it's easier just to consider that Arthur Miller is the Eugene O'Neill of his generation--you had to be there, or the creakiness overwhelmed. (I saw Miller's iirc-final play, The Ride Down Mount Morgan, on Broadway and felt as if I were trapped in the relics of a mid-level novel by one of the Johns—Cheever or Updike—without the heart of either Edison's descendant or the author of Memories of the Ford Administration.

It has nothing to do with "fashionable leftist politics," though; anyone who can survive having his work reimagined as a vehicle for Winona had something in the moment that abides. Just as "Before Breakfast" won't put someone to sleep, while "The Hairy Ape" may well.

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