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- Clorinda Fiorentino
- United States
- Showing her tits in the movies!
- Smoky Voice
- Supposed Bad Attitude
Fiorentino got her first professional acting role in 1985 in the movie Vision Quest. It was not until 1994 that she was widely recognized, when she received rave reviews and accolades for her performance in the movie The Last Seduction, where she plays femme fatale Bridget, almost the textbook example of a murderous seductress in a modern film noir. Because it was aired on HBO television she was ineligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, despite glowing reviews.
Born March 9, 1958 in Philadelphia as Clorinda Fiorentino, Linda graduated from Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ, and Rosemont College outside Philadelphia. It took her five years to land Vision Quest, and after that supporting role, Linda's career bounced up and down. She got to work with major directors Martin Scorsese in After Hours and Alan Rudolph in The Moderns. She also played a dreadful part opposite Anthony Edwards in the dreadful Gotcha! as a spy with full Natasha-esque accent.
What these films of varied quality and success had in common was the willingness of the very flat-chested Linda Fiorentino to expose her tiny breasts and average butt for the good of the, uh, art. That didn't change in The Last Seduction where Linda remained almost breastless, but she was a take-charge sexual predator. Her star performance gave that film a jolt of electricity missing from many similar small budget projects.
It seemed a star was born. But Fiorentino's attempt to capitalize on her new femme fatale status crashed and burned with Jade, a confused, turgid and very unsexy attempt by the Hollywood mainstream to manufacture a Seduction-style film noir.
Unfortunately, hit and miss has been a pattern in Fiorentino's career. Linda has sleep-walked through roles she did not care for, while some of her better work has been undermined by poor scripts or direction. In one interview, Fiorentino described working in "the bargain basement" of the movie business. "Sometimes I have to work because I need the money," she said.
She again worked with director John Dahl Unforgettable, but they could not recapture the magic of Seduction because of a weak plot and a script seemingly written to flatter co-star Ray Liotta at the expense of plausibility.
On a better note, the famously flat-chested Fiorentino placed 66th in the list of "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" by Empire magazine. The honor was due almost entirely to her overpowering performance as Bridget.
In interviews, Linda has claimed that she won the role in the science fiction comedy movie Men in Black in a poker game. Linda did some of her stronger work in the blockbuster hit, which set her up for a continuing role, but she was dropped from the sequel.
Linda rebounded with the lead role in Kevin Smith's 1999 religious satire Dogma.
"When I read the script, I just said,'"There's no way anyone else is allowed to have this part,'" she told an interviewer. "I thought it was extremely clever and it had very imaginative answers to all my childhood questions about angels and devils and the apostles and all that stuff."
While her work holds up well, the experience was not smooth. In later interviews, Smith trashed Linda for her supposed bad attitude. Playing on her stereotyped image, Smith complained that she would not talk to him on some days. Despite Smith's carping, Linda next had the chance to star opposite Paul Newman in Where the Money Is in 2000. The amusing but ramshackle crime caper did not set any box office records.
In her 40s, Linda had added a couple of inches and was still willing to provide a glimpse of flesh. Her improved curves and an interesting message did not save her subsequent film, Liberty Stands Still. The story about a sniper terrorizing a downtown was released a few months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Fiorentino next was reported to have optioned a work on the Russian poet Anna Akmatova and producing, and also directing a documentary about the 14th amendment to the Constitution.
But Linda's next dose of celebrity was unwanted. In 2007, her then-boyfriend, FBI agent Mark Rossini, was charged with passing information through Linda to the defense of Los Angeles private investigator Anthony Pellicano. In a bizarre case, Pellicano was charged with using illegal wiretapes to provide information to his clients about powerful Hollywood figures. The prosecution seemed designed more to protect the wealthy and advance careers than to prevent misdeeds, and Linda wanted to help the private eye, a friend.
But Pellicano and Rossini both paid a price. The former was sentenced to 15 years in orison in December 2009. In May 2009, Rosini was sentenced to a year's probation and fined $5,000. He told the court he was "profoudnly and deeply ashamed and remorseful," according to the Washington Post.
Although identified in court documents as X, the person who passed the information to Pellicano, Fiorentino skated as cleanly as her "Last Seduction character.