Comments: It's funny - when it was released, 2 Days in the Valley was seen as little more than a quick Tarantino knock-off capitalizing on the success of Pulp Fiction. Some 15 years later...well, it's probably still seen that way, but damned if it didn't shoot Ms. Theron out of a cannon from obscurity to fame. Like many of the Ladies we've seen, she was a former model, but she had all of one credit prior to 2 Days, and for that role she wasn't even technically credited (Children of the Corn III). But after 2 Days, her career bloomed with record speed, as she went from eye candy to leading lady within three years.
90s Highlights: 2 Days in the Valley, The Devil's Advocate, The Cider House Rules
Comments: On the other side of the spectrum, Liz Hurley had been acting for several years before her first breakout role in 1992's Passenger 57, and it wasn't for another five years before she became an international star in, appropriately, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Of course, she was known (at least to North American audiences) as Hugh Grant's girlfriend before she was known as anything else, and ever since Austin Powers, it seems she's been more famous for who she's dating or what she's doing outside of the film world than for any work done inside it. Not that I'm complaining.
90s Highlights: Austin Powers, Passenger 57, EdTV, Austim Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me