"Life is good in Los Angeles... it's paradise on Earth. That's what they tell you, anyway." In the case of "L.A. Confidential" -- which was released 15 years ago this week (on September 19, 1997) -- the City of Angels resembled nothing like its given nickname. Instead, the town was filled with police corruption, drugs and murder.

Based on the James Ellroy book of the same name, Curtis Hanson's 1950s noir crime drama is now considered a classic flick, one that garnered both critical and commercial praise for its veteran A-listers (Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito) and its two up-and-coming Australian actors (Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, both of whom were relatively unknowns at the time). It also went on to win two Academy Awards, for Best Adapted Screenplay (going to director Curtis Hanson and his co-writer Brian Helgeland) and Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger as Veronica Lake-lookalike Lynn Bracken).

In the decade-and-a-half since it was in theaters, the cast of "L.A. Confidential" have all had varying degrees of success in the entertainment industry. Some have become bona fide stars, whereas others... well, as Danny DeVito's gossipmonger character Sid Hugens would say, their careers have gone on the "hush-hush."

In honor of its 15th anniversary, let's find out what happened to the stars of "L.A. Confidential."

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