AUSXIP Lucy Lawless - Magazines

Sci Fi Universe

September 1997

Second article

The Most Intriguing Women in Science Fiction
by Amanda Finch

From Mary Shelley to Mary Reilly, women and their stories have staked a claim in genre entertainment throughout the industry's long and illustrious history. Sure, it's still a boys' club. And, sure, sci-fi's still guilty of showcasing more boobs than brains, but as women assume positions behind the camera of big-budget films and actresses in cult TV shows begin to command the salaries of their male counterparts, we're making strides.

Women today command starships as well as franchises. They build monsters and biceps; they kick box, sword fight, and role play—especially if they're working for James Cameron. And they do all this while juggling motherhood, marriages, the press and their politics.

This isn't a list of the most powerful people in science fiction, the sexiest babes or the world's most beautiful faces. These are women whose significance to the genre cannot be questioned. They are beautiful, yes, and smart and talented. And we believe you'll find them intriguing...

Who better to crown queen of the genre than the woman behind Xena: Warrior Princess?
A stronger role model than this sword-fighting siren can't be found. Clad in leather and kicking butt, Xena has captured the hearts of male and female fans alike. Just last year, when the actress suffered a fall while filming a stunt for The Tonight Show, the fan response was so overwhelming that the actress posted an open letter on the Internet, thanking them for their wonderful generosity during her recovery but imploring them not to spend their hard-earned money on her.

No doubt Lawless is poised for a stellar career. Still, while her lovely face may grace every magazine cover from TV Guide to Redbook, the actress maintains a relatively quiet existence in New Zealand with her daughter, far from planet Hollywood. Lucy Lawless exudes the one characteristic we find most intriguing: class.


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