Cementing her reputation as a femme fatale in the mold of classic screen sirens proved to be both a blessing and a curse for actress Linda Fiorentino, who struggled to move beyond Hollywood typecasting after early breakout performances. With her very first role, Fiorentino was cast as the sensual "older woman" in the niche teen movie "Vision Quest" (1985). Further buttressing the perception were two more roles as highly sexualized and dangerous ladies in the films "Gotcha!" (1985) and "After Hours" (1985), all in that same debut year. The suddenly in-demand bombshell experienced a period of self-imposed exile as she turned down role after role while attempting to mount a personal project that was never produced. When Fiorentino did return, she found herself settling for parts in several underwhelming movies, until a role as yet another dangerous sex kitten revived her flagging career. Ruthless to a nearly sociopathic degree, the character of scam artist Bridget Gregory in "The Last Seduction" (1994) brought Fiorentino accolades and awards, even as it cemented her persona as a wicked woman. However, a follow-up part as another morally-deficient dame in the box office disaster "Jade" (1995), counter-balanced by a decidedly dissimilar role in the disappointing "Unforgettable" (1996), derailed what had looked to be a career comeback. Although the sci-fi comedy was a huge hit, a somewhat superfluous turn in "Men in Black" (1997) did little to put her back on track. While Fiorentino continued to appear infrequently in various projects, often with some of filmdom's biggest talents, none of the subsequent roles could eclipse her unforgettable portrayals of dangerous females who drew unsuspecting men in like moths to a flame.