April 27, 2009

Ten Talented Temptresses

4. Marg Helgenberger
Torch hates her and her CSI alter-ego Catherine with such an amusingly burning passion that it's almost worth putting her near the top of the list just to see his eye twich and vein throb. But really that's just icing on the cake. On the sassy, blue-eyed, redheaded, throaty-giggled cupcake, to be precise. I'm unable to pinpoint exactly what it is about Marg Helgenberger that is so appealing, I just know that I like what I see. I liked her vaguely-undefined but gutsy scientist in Species. I liked her sympathetic but exasperated wife in In Good Company. But mostly I like her mouthy, irresponsible, smart and smart-ass, unapologetically sexual Catherine in CSI. There are a lot of reasons to like her but the best is how well she plays a hot bitch. And the beauty isn't just skin deep. Since 2006 she has loaned talents of another kind (did you know she also sings?) to the 'What A Pair!' duets concert series that raise money for breast cancer research. The support is personal, too: her mother is a breast cancer survivor. So maybe the appeal is her heart or perhaps the fiery hair or the endearing dichotomy of seeing her giggly and adorable on talk shows. Whatever it is about her, it's good enough to have prompted CSI co-star Gary Dourdan to appropriately nickname her 'Margalicious'.

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