'Better Off Dead' and 'The Crow' actresses come to Chicago for screenings

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Diane Franklin and John Cusack in "Better Off Dead."

There is an informal video interview of Diane Franklin online where she begins with the self-deprecating introduction: “I was an actress in the '80s.”   For those of us who got at least some of our sex education watching R-rated movies on cable TV during that era, she is instantly recognizable as the star of 1982’s “The Last American Virgin.”

But Franklin is probably best remembered as the be-curled French exchange student who stole John Cusack’s heart in “Better Off Dead.”  She comes to the Chicago area next weekend to host a screening of the 1985 comedy (“This is pure snow! It's everywhere! Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is?”) followed by a Q&A at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville on Aug. 16.

That same night the actress Bai Ling (who has weathered some personal instability in recent years, including a 2011 stint on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab") will also be at the Hollywood Palms for a screening of her 1994 supernatural action flick “The Crow.”  The film stars Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee), who died in an accident while making the film.

Go to hollywoodpalmscinema.com and click on "Special Events."

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