Charlies Angels

It happens all the time in music videos: Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher, Britney Spears Hit Me Baby One More time or any video where the librarian whips off her glasses and suddenly there’s a wind machine positioned behind her. She is bursting from her blouse. She was prim and proper but by the end she is a seductress who guys have wet dreams over.

Kathleen Turner from Romancing the Stone was who I immediately thought of, but her character Joan Wilder doesn’t really go bad. She just grows a backbone, so I can’t include her in my list, as much as I’d like to. Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy comes to mind, but that’s because I’m a huge Batman fan and most comic book villains were good at some point.

I am sure there are plenty of examples that I have missed. I came up with a few, but then I kept refining the parameters. With Miley Cyrus in the headlines, I keep thinking of actual actresses who have gone batsh*t crazy, but I’m going to stick with fictional characters. For some reason ELO’s Evil Woman is playing in my head right now…

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This article was first posted on September 16, 2013