As the weekend fling of babe magnet Michael Douglas, she can’t get it through her head that she is nothing more than that. Why would he possibly want to go home to Anne Archer (possibly because Anne Archer is a comely brunette who's not a psychopath, but that's beside the point). The point is Michael Douglas was a cheating horndog. So, Alex Forrest (the character): is she the villain or the heroine? “I won’t be ignored, Dan.”
Herodias had been previously married to Herod’s half brother Philip. (Ooops!) Herod imprisoned John for his blunt speech, but was too much of a wuss to put the renowned prophet to death. Herodias, however, had the cojones in the family and pressed her daughter Salome to "seduce" her stepfather Herod with a dance, in exchange for whatever she wished. At her mother's urging, Salome thus asked for the head of John the Baptist-- on a platter, no less. The entranced Herod did her bidding, and Salome delivered the plate, head and all, to mama.
Losing one's head is definitely fatal; losing one's hair not so much -- unless you are Samson and you fall under the spell of the temptress Delilah, who sells you out for a few pieces of silver (this seems to be a recurring theme in the Bible).
From Salome and Delilah, it’s not a long leap to Hollywood’s Evelyn Draper,
Clint Eastwood’s psychotic one-night stand in Play Misty for Me, or Catherine Tramell, another one of Michael Douglas’s crazy chicks in Basic Instinct, or the real-life Lorena Bobbitt, who captured the public’s imagination (in one way or another) in 1993, when she took a knife to a precious part of her abusive husband’s anatomy. Or to paraphrase Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton’s character in Nine to Five), turned him from a rooster to a hen in one slice.