Celebrating Actress Bobbie Phillips!
First of all, thanks to my friend Angel for the suggestion – this is a great Cult Movie Queen who also got caught in the #meToo movement due to a shocking True Hollywood incident!
First, some back story:
Bobbie was born in 1968 in Charleston, South Carolina. According to IMDB:
“Graduating high school at 16 years old, Bobbie tried several different career paths. After taking college classes to become a litigation attorney, it was suggested she also take drama classes. Upon insistence from her drama coach, Bobbie moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.”
Mere months after arriving, Bobbie landed her first television role guest starring alongside Halle Berry in the TV show “They Came From Outer Space.”
A few years of TV and film roles led her into erotic dramas like this:
She bared all in the TV series “Red Shoe Diaries” in 1994, but it was the following year when she had a juicy role in one of cinema’s most provocative films:
You know it – simply, the wildest, raunchiest movie ever to come from a major motion picture studio – why?
Well, how about this:
Elizabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon were naked for much of the film, the story of the erotic goings-on backstage in Las Vegas – and that’s where we found Bobbie:
Of course, “Showgirls” just might be the best AND worst film ever – it’s wildly entertaining in sometimes shocking ways, but also seems to flaunt its over-the-topness, like this lovemaking scene between star Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle McLachlan in a pool:
It might just be the most unintentionally hilarious love scene in a swimming pool of all time!
Here is a look at the film, plus my Cannes Film Festival encounter with the star and Director!
As for Bobbie, she continued with a great career in film and TV.
In 1998, she appeared in this horror remake – and Angel shared this poster with everyone:
Bobbie had the starring role – here’s the plot: A young girl witnesses the brutal rape and murder of her mother by a circus clown and begins to have nightmares when the carnival comes back to town when she is an adult.
Bobbie was getting lead roles in a wide variety of films, like this gritty western:
Here’s how the great website IMDB.com describes this film:
This old-fashioned, action-filled Western adventure features Bobbie Phillips as the sexy, feisty Cheyenne, a woman on the run from the law after shooting her cheating husband and taking off with his money.
Here’s the trailer:
I mention that she was getting lead roles – and willing to bare all if the part called for it – because coming up, you will find out about the shocking incident that occurred to her!
First, here are some of her other projects – she has more than 50 screen credits across film and TV:
After a nice run of film and TV projects, her online biography states she and her husband travelled the world for many years before she returned to acting in 2014.
Then, just a few months ago, I found this shocking news story!
“CBS forced to pay actress Bobbie Phillips millions after Les Moonves investigation leaked”
The New York Post was just one of the many media outlets who reported on Bobbie’s mega-million dollar payout because of what happened between her and then head of CBS Les Moonves!
Here’s what they reported earlier this year:
“CBS has been forced to pay actress Bobbie Phillips millions of dollars in a legal settlement after sexual harassment claims she made against disgraced ex-executive Les Moonves were leaked to the New York Times, a report said Wednesday.”
“The settlement was reached after CBS hired two law firms — Debevoise & Plimpton and Covington & Burling — to investigate sexual misconduct allegations made by several women at the network against Moonves.“
According to the reporting, it’s the draft report of the investigation and a number of other details about the internal probe — including Phillips’ allegation that Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on him in a 1995 meeting — that were leaked to the New York Times in 2018.
The settlement was “rumored to be in the tens of millions” and inked in the fall of 2019, the report said. Moonves, the former CEO of the the broadcasting giant, was forced to step down in 2018 after New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow published an explosive article detailing sexual harassment allegations leveled against him.
In the 1995 encounter with Phillips, Moonves allegedly dropped his pants in front of her and said, “look how hard you make me,” according to the Times report in 2018.
“Be my girlfriend and I’ll put you on any show,” he allegedly said to Phillips.
Moonves then grabbed her by the neck and forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to the report.
She was able to break free by grabbing a baseball bat after he was interrupted by a phone call, which he said was with an “E.R.” casting director.
Moonves later said to Phillips’ longtime Hollywood agent, Marv Dauer, “if Bobbie talks, I’m finished,” the Times reported.
Dauer told Vanity Fair that he was aware she reached a settlement over the leak of the investigation because she “felt her confidentiality had been violated as a result of the leak.”
I’m glad to read that she made it through this ordeal – Hollywood is such a difficult place for so many to navigate…bravo to Bobbie for a great career as well.
There are many great Cult Movie Queens from the 90’s:
Joan Severance had a terrific cult film career in the 90’s and beyond – check out her most provocative work here:
Here’s another Actress / Model who ended up becoming a winemaker!
Lisa Welch was a “Nerd” too!
Click here for the whole story!
Sybil Danning also turned heads as one of the most empowered female stars of the 70’s and 80’s, continuing right into the VHS era:
She was fearless in many ways – see some of her most provocative films and photo shoots here:
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