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Birthday Suit Curse: 15 Stars Who Faltered After Showing It All

Hollywood is a unique beast. It clearly has a preoccupation with hiring aesthetically pleasing individuals over someone that is more qualified for the role in a lot of cases. That is why some of our m

Hollywood is a unique beast. It clearly has a preoccupation with hiring aesthetically pleasing individuals over someone that is more qualified for the role in a lot of cases. That is why some of our most talented actresses, including Patricia Arquette, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett and others, have spoken against sexism in the industry. The best example of how this has affected the careers of far too many female actors in the past is how regularly we see them get fewer and fewer roles after they’ve exceeded a certain age. However, aging isn’t the only downfall in Hollywood.

While it is abundantly obvious that producers put a premium on getting beautiful and famous actors to defrock onscreen, it isn’t always the best decision for a starlet’s career. In fact, sometimes after a famous lady reveals more skin than they have in their careers previously, their roles seems to take a nosedive, which is anything but fair. Can you imagine how it might feel to have an entire industry aggressively seek to put you in a position to reveal your naughty bits to the world, give in, and see the parts you once were offered dry up? While the exact reasons why this seems to happen regularly may not be entirely clear, we thought it would be fascinating to look at actresses who revealed their birthday suits and faltered afterward.

In order for an actress to be considered for inclusion here, the first requirement is that they were once seen as successful or at least on an upward trajectory. Then they need to have made the choice to appear in the nude, and then see their career decline. While we put a premium on the nudity in question being the first time they dropped their gear, it isn’t one-hundred percent necessary. Finally, their career doesn’t need to have instantly nosedived in the aftermath, but it does need to have taken place pretty quickly afterward.

15 Shannyn Sossamon

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14 Piper Perabo

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13 Kirsten Dunst

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12 Jasmine Guy

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11 Selma Blair

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10 Mena Suvari

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9 Cameron Diaz

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8 Meg Ryan

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7 Christina Ricci

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6 Kristen Stewart

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5 Rene Russo

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4 Thora Birch

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3 Halle Berry

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2 Elizabeth Berkley

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1 Lisa Bonet

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World famous in the eighties as one of the kids on The Cosby Show, Lisa Bonet was a major part of a series that was the top-rated show in all of television for five years running. Popular enough to then be spun off into her own series, A Different World, which itself went for six seasons despite its main star in the first season being fired, her dismissal was shocking. Taken off the series after she appeared in explicit sex scenes in the movie Angel Heart as well as posing topless in a magazine, it is generally agreed upon that she was let go because Bill was mad that her nudity may hurt the brand. Seems pretty ridiculous, especially in light of the Cosby controversies, but it seems to be very obvious that her career was badly hurt after she got naked since she was eventually fired from The Cosby Show too. It is too bad she hasn’t landed a role with a higher profile since, aside from supporting parts in Enemy of the State and High Fidelity.

Sources: IMDB, People, Bustle

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