In Hollywood, it is not uncommon for actors or singers to try to switch roles. A slew of actresses have attempted to make their way to the number #1 slot on Billboard. Likewise, many singers have tried their hand at performing on the silver screen. Unfortunately, not many female artists have made this role switch successfully; although there have been a few that have made their actress-turned-singer debuts a hit.
Bette Midler started as an actress on Broadway, and her singing debut opened up in 1972 in a duo with Barry Manilow. Midler has continued to act and sing, and some of her most successful films now include Ruthless People and The Rose. Her hit songs include “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From a Distance.” Of course, Midler did have a few flops along the way in her singing and acting career; Big Business being one of her most criticized films to date.
Courtney Love is another successful actress-turned-singer; however, her original acting career wasn’t much of a hit. It wasn’t until she turned to singing that her Hollywood career took off. After a number of Billboard hits, Love took a shot at the silver screen, yet again. Her second shot fared much more successful, thanks to her newfound Billboard fame. Her greatest acting hit was The People vs. Larry Flint, which won her a Golden Globe nomination.
Nicole Kidman was also a success story amongst the actress-turned-singer phenomenon. Her acting career started in small Australian films and shows, and her breakthrough came after starring in the film Dead Calm. Although she does not have an extensive music career, the film Moulin Rouge put this actress on the music charts. Another actress currently going singer: Gwyneth Paltrow. She is expected to star in the movie Country Strong in January of 2011. As to whether it will end in harmony or crash and burn is yet to be determined by fans and critics around the globe.
Unfortunately, not every actress-turned-singer makes a graceful entry into a music career. In fact, for every successful story, there are at least a handful of actresses that flop in their music careers, or vice versa. For example, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez have all had their fair share of transitional embarrassment, and only time will tell if these pop queens will have another chance at success on the big screen.