Gina Gershon: Showgirls

Shortly after landing her role in Showgirls, Gina Gershon called her mother to share the good news:

"I said, 'Mom, I got this great part.' She said, 'Oh, let me write it down, so I can tell my friends.' And I said, 'Just so you know, uh, I'm kind of dancing around naked in it.' And she said, 'Oh, you used to do that all the time when you were little.' I said, 'Oh, really? Well, I'm also sort of kissing another woman in it and maybe having sex.' And she said, 'Oh' -- you know, trying to be very supportive -- and she said, 'Well, is she a nice girl?' I said, 'Yes, she's a very nice girl.' And Mom said, 'Oh, that's nice then.'"

[Among Gershon's first memories of her grandmother? "Her trying to teach me how to play poker when I couldn't even see the table." (Starting when she was 11, Gina would often visit her Aunt Ida in Vegas: "I'd dress up and try to go gambling with the old ladies -- and for some reason they'd let me in!")]

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