This actress is probably B-. She should maybe be slightly lower based on her body of work, but she has great name recognition which keeps her in that B range.
Our actress did not start off in show business as an actress, although her fame certainly preceded her before she began acting.
She was A list and then started moving slowly down the ladder as she tried desperately to get a part. She needed a big break.
She knew she could make it as an actress, but, because of her past, no one would give her a shot. Well, enter this, at the time, A+ list mostly movie actor who had a thing for our actress.
Sure, he was married, but, that never really stopped him when he wanted to be with someone.
He controlled casting for the female lead in his new movie and he sampled several actresses before he was informed that our actress wanted the part.
She agreed to sleep with him for the part, but because she did have some power she told him that if he backed out, that she would expose him to the world and she would not be bullied into accepting some smaller role.
It was the lead or nothing.
Our actor agreed and our actress has had quite the acting career since.
Vanessa Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger “Eraser” (first African-American woman crowned Miss America, but a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her, she relinquished her crown)