Known professionally as Samantha Foxx, Samantha Barbash is said to be the real-life inspiration behind Lopez's character, Ramona. After pleading guilty to conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation, Barbash would eventually tell Pressler parts of her story. Unlike Roselyn Keo, who was the basis for Constance Wu's character of Destiny, she only spoke to Pressler on background. In the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Barbash accuses both production companies of exploiting her character and likeness without her consent. Yes—especially if we're talking about Samantha circa , when the events portrayed in the film took place. Both Ramona and era Samantha are single moms from the Bronx who, to use Pressler's words, are "ancient by stripper standards. Both harbor dreams of developing a swimwear line.
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About Roselyn Keo
Roselyn Keo begins our chat by citing Oprah. Lo-led film, Hustlers , out today. In it, Constance Wu plays Destiny, a character inspired by Keo and her real story as a dancer turned Madam—one who swindled wealthy strip club clientele for more than just their sweaty wads of dollar bills. Lo as the character Ramona in the movie. Keo retired her platform heels when she had a daughter with her on-again-off again boyfriend in
Roselyn Keo was born and raised in a small county 20 mins away from Manhattan. Not coming from much she worked hard to support herself. She attended college at Berkeley in NYC. From slinging plates at a local diner to swinging on the poles in the Big Apple, she got into dancing at 17 years old. She eventually learned the art of hustling from a young age and through all her life experiences. Rosie always dreamed big, constantly wanting better
Skip navigation! Story from Entertainment. Elena Nicolaou. But the strippers in Hustlers have the same goal as that jolly young figure in English mythology: Steal from the rich wealthy men who visit their club and give to the poor themselves. In , after it all fell apart, Keo spilled her story to Pressler. Before Keo started stripping, she was a high-school dropout working as a waitress. Professional dancing provided a much-needed windfall for the year-old. Keo eventually left the business, but was compelled to start dancing again after having a daughter. The ring especially preyed on married men, relying on their sense of shame to not report high credit card charges.