Did Body of Evidence kill Madonna’s acting career? If she’s worried (and she ought to be), the Needs-New-Material Girl might consider how other actors have suffered-and sometimes bounced back-from a deadly move. *Bill Cosby Leonard Part 6 (1987) Cos’ bid to conquer the big screen was sunk by this unfunny James Bond spoof, which the actor loudly disowned. (His follow-up, 1990’s Ghost Dad, dematerialized almost as quickly.)
*Faye Dunaway Mommie Dearest (1981) Hollywood reportedly ostracized Dunaway for her over-the-top portrayal of one of its cherished own. Her glam days behind her, Dunaway has become a camp figure in mostly smaller movies.
*Paul Hogan Almost an Angel (1990) The once highly visible Australian star of ”Crocodile” Dundee and ”Crocodile” Dundee II tried to stretch-but only wore out-his limited abilities in this comedy he wrote and coproduced. It was even panned down under.
*Cybill Shepherd At Long Last Love (1975) Blamed for the film’s failure, as well as for sabotaging director (and then paramour) Peter Bogdanovich’s career, Shepherd took almost 10 years to come back-on TV-with Moonlighting. However, despite a series of high-profile roles, her second shot at film stardom is proving elusive.
*Lily Tomlin Moment by Moment (1978) After her failed attempt at romantic drama, Tomlin got intentional laughs in 1980’s 9 to 5 and 1984’s All of Me.
*Kathleen Turner V. I. Warshawski (1991) Touted as the first of a series, this detective yarn was DOA at the box office, cooling Turner’s once-hot career. She’ll be back on screen this summer in House of Cards and this fall in Undercover Blues.