In Contention's Top 10 Performances in Steven Soderbergh Films
With 'Magic Mike' on the way, a look at the actors who excelled in the director's work
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4. Laura San Giacomo in "sex, lies and videotape" (1989)
A second entry from Soderbergh's still-striking debut, and no, it's not Cannes Best Actor winner James Spader. Rather, it's the then-unknown Laura San Giacomo who still burns brightest in this ensemble as the sparky, sexually strident younger sister of Andie MacDowell's character, a cherry-lipped bartender shrugging her way through an affair with her brother-in-law, indifferent to the brewing fallout. File this one under star-making turns that never panned out: San Giacomo won a slew of awards and a Golden Globe nod for this, and her limber, funny erotic energy transferred to a zesty turn the next year in "Pretty Woman." But her film career peaked there, and the small screen eventually claimed her.