The Sexiest (and Unsexiest) Celeb Strippers Ever

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Elizabeth Berkley in 'Showgirls'
Elizabeth Berkley, Showgirls
United Artists via Everett Collection
Don't fight on this, just know that: 'Showgirls' is one of the most incredible movies of all time. It is an amazingly campy, over-the-top ridiculous affair and if you don't expect that going in, you won't enjoy Elizabeth Berkley's Nomi Malone or the rest of the Vegas showgirl gang.
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Danny DeVito on 'Friends'
Danny DeVito, Friends
NBC
Not only was Danny DeVito a guest star as a stripper on 'Friends,' he was the stripper that cried. On 'Friends.' I repeat: Danny DeVito played a crying stripper on 'Friends.' That's all you really need to know, America.
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Jamie Lee Curtis in 'True Lies'
Jamie Lee Curtis, True Lies
20th Century Fox Film via Everett Collection
Alright so maybe Jamie's character Helen Tasker wasn't a stripper — but admit it: you were completely shocked when you saw her striptease moves in the film. Homegirl was not playing around! The scene proved Jamie would go to any lengths for her career. Meet the Activia body, America!
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Marisa Tomei in 'The Wrestler'
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
20th Century Fox via Everett Collection
Marisa Tomei is a go-all-out sort of actress. She's not shy, and she's not averse to showing off her assets when necessary. Her character Cassidy in 'The Wrestler' only wanted good for the weary Randy Robinson (played by Mickey Rouke), and helped put his life back together. Who needs a hooker with a heart of gold when you have a stripper named Cassidy?
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Jennifer Beals in 'Flashdance'
Jennifer Beals, Flashdance
Paramount Pictures via Everett Collection
Oh, Alex Owens. Only you, and only in the 80s, could ever pull off the welder-turned-stripper-turned-ballet-hopeful and make it work. 'Flashdance' was the role that defined Jennifer Beals' career — and certainly broke open the idea that lady strippers/sex workers in general could have a much deeper, broader story than what negative connotations commonly came beforehand.
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Halle Berry in 'Frankie and Alice'
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Freestyle Releasing via Everett Collection
Halle Berry said she found it easy playing the role of a stripper. "{There's} not much research to play a stripper; you just kind of take your clothes off!" she told Access Hollywood at the premiere of 'Frankie and Alice.' "It's kind of easy!" Easy for YOU to say, since you're the unfathomably beautiful, Halle Berry.
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Lindsay Lohan in 'I Know Who Killed Me'
Lindsay Lohan, I Know Who Killed Me
TriStar Pictures via Everett Collection
All you need to know about this film is that it was a disaster, and that Lohan plays a stripper in it. Her character actually has two names (Aubrey Fleming and Dakota Moss), and it was the last film she did for awhile there — some dark days for Lindsay and some seriously dark (and weird) days for her stripper character.
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Demi Moore in 'Striptease'
Demi Moore, Striptease
Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection
In the crime drama that also starred Burt Reynolds as the hilariously-named Congressman David Dilbeck, Demi Moore plays Erin Grant. A mom-turned-stripper who finds herself in a wee bit of hot water after a plan to blackmail said the congressman goes a bit awry.
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Robert Carlyle in 'The Full Monty'
Robert Carlyle, The Full Monty
20th Century Fox Film
Poor Gaz. All he wanted to do was make a bit of cash so he could take care of his son. Carlyle's take on the down-and-out steel worker turned stripper is hilarious, charming, and full of the funny kind of second-hand-embarrassment that feels alright. Whether you got the full monty or not wasn't really the point; it was all about the journey of this lovable-yet-confounding make striptease act. The original 'Magic Mike!'
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Natalie Portman in 'Closer'
Natalie Portman, Closer
Columbia via Everett Collection
Natalie Portman as the pink-wig-wearing stripper known as Alice. Seriously, dudes go nuts over her every single move. Put Portman on a pole? Ugh, forget about it; the girl gets Oscar nominations!
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Jennifer Love Hewitt in 'The Client List'
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List
Lifetime
Jennifer Love Hewitt isn't technically a stripper in either the TV show or the movie version of 'The Client List' but the whole situation is just too good not to include her: in the film version, she plays a prostitute, and in the TV show, she gives happy endings.
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Chord Overstreet in 'Glee'
Chord Overstreet, Glee
FOX
When you're on the world's most ridiculously absurd after-school special, of COURSE there is going to be a stripper. And of course it is going to be Chord Overstreet. If it wasn't going to be Puck (which we're pretty surprised it wasn't), at least. Poor kid just wanted to make some extra money for his down-and-out family.
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Kristen Stewart in 'Welcome to the Rileys'
Kristen Stewart, Welcome to the Rileys
Samuel Goldwyn Films via Everett Collection
Your sparkly vampire love cannot save you from the sad and lonely truth that is a life as James Gandolfini's favorite stripper, Kristen! Stewart might have thought this role would give her a bit of an edge, but when it looks like you're playing Bella Swan Gets Sad and Desperate, well, maybe that's not the direction you should go in.
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Channing Tatum in 'Magic Mike'
Channing Tatum, Magic Mike
Warner Bros. vis Everett Collection
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