Unlucky: Linda Hamilton
Hamilton’s transformation from damsel-in-distress Sarah Connor in “The Terminator” to the steely, hardened, imposingly buff warrior we see in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” [pictured left] is so thorough that it would no doubt merit awards attention if awards-voting bodies weren’t so biased against genre blockbusters. So it’s unfortunate that Hamilton seems to have disappeared from screens almost entirely in the couple decades that have followed that unforgettable “Terminator 2” performance. [Pictured right is 1999's utterly forgettable "The Secret Life of Girls."]
Considering that “Terminator” director (and Hamilton’s real-life ex-husband) James Cameron recently gave another former kick-butt heroine of his, Sigourney Weaver (Ripley in Cameron’s “Aliens”), a showy supporting role in his last film, “Avatar,” perhaps Cameron can revive Hamilton’s career by finding a place for her on the planet Pandora in his upcoming “Avatar” sequels.