We take a look back to celebrate the pioneering women directors throughout cinematic history and their groundbreaking work. Watch the video. Take a closer look at the various roles Viola Davis has played throughout her acting career. All alone in the world, Nomi Malone, making her way to Las Vegas, is determined to make a name as a dancer while putting her unspoken past behind her.
Screengrab via YouTube,. In the first five minutes of Showgirls , Nomi Malone — played by Elizabeth Berkley —hitchhikes to Vegas, pulls a switchblade, wins big on the slots, loses all her money, is solicited, gets a bouncer fired, loses her suitcase, gets in a fight, vomits, and bonds with a hot seamstress whose trailer she immediately moves into. As Oscar Wilde said, nothing succeeds like excess. So far, so good!
Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls is notorious for becoming the definitive so-bad-it's-good Hollywood movie debacle. Starring Elizabeth Berkley in her big-screen debut, the film follows a deeply troubled young woman named Nomi Malone as she tries to make it big as an adult entertainer in Sin City. When she arrives and witnesses the cutthroat business practices, excessive drugs, and catty in-fighting, Nomi begins to lose her way. Despite working with Esztherhas on Basic Instinct three years prior, Paul Verhoeven did not like his Showgirls script and initially passed on it.