STRIPPED OF PRETENSE, ACTRESSES REVEALED THEIR RIGHT TO BARE ARMS (AND BREASTS AND...)
Howard Stern, ahead of the times? He was when it comes to stripping — the shock jock’s been talking up topless dancers for years. Once of interest only to dirty old men, stripping’s been enlarged to a phenomenon. Though the gyrating flesh in 1995’s laughable Showgirls made viewers more dizzy than excited, stripping went mainstream in ’96: Real-life mother of three Demi Moore bared her assets for $12.5 million in Striptease, then danced on Late Show for David Letterman. By the time stripping landed in Independence Day (Will Smith’s girlfriend in the film, Vivica Fox, disrobed for dollars), on prime-time TV (Millennium’s premiere), and even in Disney productions (Whoopi Goldberg’s The Associate, an episode of Ellen), the trend began to tire. Not that it matters: Rumor had it that Moore wanted to open her own L.A. topless club, and onetime exotic dancer Courtney Love shows some skin in The People vs. Larry Flynt — doing such a fine job that she may be a contender for that well-chiseled, gold-painted nude guy named Oscar.