16Gretchen Mol

Gretchen Mol in The Notorious Bettie Page

Mol shot to stardom in the 1990s in a series of independent films like Rounders and Girl 6. She became a darling of Miramax Svengali's Bob & Harvey Weinstein, who tried to make her one of their homegrown stars like Kevin Smith and Matt Damon. A 1998 Vanity Fair article proclaimed her the "It

Girl of the 90s" and featured her in cover photos. Roles in films like The Thirteenth Floor, Sweet and Lowdown and Puccini for Beginners soon followed.

Despite an acclaimed turn in The Notorious Bette Page, starring roles dried up, and Mol never quite lived up to her hype. She gravitated toward playing supporting parts on TV and in films like 3:10 to Yuma, earning strong reviews along the way. She fared best, however, on the series Boardwalk Empire, where she was a series regular for all five seasons. The 43 year old continues to work on lower-profile film and television, shying away from the stardom predicted for her.

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