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Graham's 'Guru' Tips

Some may remember Heather Graham as porn star "Rollergirl" in the successful movie "Boogie Nights."

She revisits this territory as a triple-X starlet in her latest movie, "The Guru." But this time, instead of shocking audiences, the actress hopes to have them laughing.

Graham made a stop at The Early Show to discuss the comedy of cultural differences.

"The Guru" tells the story of an Indian dance teacher, Ramu Gupta (Jimi Mistry), who dreams of making it big in America. He embarks for New York City in pursuit of fame and fortune only to find himself working as a waiter in an Indian restaurant.

He gets a job as a porn actor, but he's a flop. Despondent, he turns to his adult film co-star Sharonna (Graham) for guidance. Later, he is mistaken for a spiritual leader and uses Sharonna's advice to become the Guru of Sex, and an overnight celebrity.

But Gupta learns that he has to choose between his new fame and his love of Sharonna.

Some Facts About Heather Graham

  • Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Jan, 29, 1970. Her strict Catholic father worked for the FBI, and her mother was a former school teacher and author.
  • Graham graduated in 1988 from Agoura High School in, Aurora, Calif. She dropped out of UCLA her freshman year to pursue acting
  • Graham's debut film was the 1988 film "License to Drive," with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim
  • Graham was hired by director Gus Van Sant for his 1989 film "Drugstore Cowboy"
  • Graham had a recurring role on David Lynch's television series "Twin Peaks" playing Annie, an ex-nun who becomes the love interest of Kyle MacLachlan's Agent Cooper
  • Graham was forced to turn down the lead role in the 1989 film "Heathers," because her parents thought the language was too risqué
  • She is the older sister of actress Aimee Graham
  • Graham turned down the female lead in the 1998 film "Rounders," which starred Edward Norton and Matt Damon, because of scheduling conflicts
  • Graham was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" by People Magazine in 2001