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Film she went "bad" for: "Angel Heart"
Why it was shocking: She may have played the "rebellious" sister on family sitcom "The Cosby Show," but nothing could have prepared audiences for Denise Huxtable's blood-drenched sex scene with Mickey Rourke in director Alan Parker's "Angel Heart," which saw Bonet playing a seductive voodoo priestess named Epiphany Proudfoot. The scene in question was so graphic that Parker was forced to make several trims in order to qualify the film for an "R" rating, and many speculated that Bonet's eventual exit from the NBC series stemmed in part from Bill Cosby's disapproval of her racy career choices (though she didn't permanently exit the show until four years after "Angel Heart"'s release). In any event, Bonet's film career never got back on track in the intervening years (minor supporting roles in "Enemy of the State" and "High Fidelity" notwithstanding), though her skin-baring role left a lasting mark on popular culture.
- Chris Eggertsen