Actress Elizabeth Berkley Had A "Full-circle" Moment When She Helped Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of Her Panned Stripper Film Showgirls In Los Angeles On Saturday Night (27jun15).
The former Saved by the Bell actress starred as an exotic dancer in the film, which was initially slammed by critics and flopped at the box office, but over the past two decades, it has become a cult classic.
To show her appreciation for fans' support since then, Berkley surprised the crowd at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Showgirls was screened.
Before the film, Berkley gave a heartfelt speech, saying, "This is such a special night, you don't even know. This is 20 years in the making, I can't believe I'm here with you. 4,000 people. 4,000 (her character) Nomis, 4,000 Cristals.
"When a dream is happening, it's unlike anything you can imagine. Which is why, when the movie came out, it was more painful than anything you can imagine. While in 1995, it was such a different time when taking risks like that were not embraced. They were laughed at, they were shamed publicly, and to be a young girl in the center of that was something that was quite difficult."
Berkley insists the tough times were worth it in the end, because the hardship ultimately helped her build character and become a better person as a whole.
She concluded, "Tonight is like this magical full-circle moment, where I actually didn't get to experience the sweetness of a screening with a crowd that embraced it. Tonight I want to thank you guys for giving me this gift of truly getting a full-circle moment of experiencing the joy with you, because you guys and the love you have for this movie have made this the cult film that it is... Just know that I love you guys so much and thank you for giving me strength and confidence to become the woman that I am."
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