Elizabeth Berkley Came Clean About Just Why Showgirls Was So Painful For Her

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It was the biggest break of Elizabeth Berkley’s career to date. She’d get the chance to work with one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors and potentially break free from the teenage role that she’d become most well-known for. But little did the actress know that the film role she was about to take on would define her career forever more.

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Berkley hoped that the part would start a new chapter; up to that point, the Michigan native had been known primarily for the NBC teen TV series Saved by the Bell. Berkley had wanted to become a serious actor, so she had to break the shackles of Jessie Spano – the confident schoolgirl who the actress had portrayed for four years from 1989.

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