"Always get a good haircut," she advises, and little wonder. When Delany tried out as nurse Colleen McMurphy on China Beach
, she was shown the door. "They thought I wasn't pretty enough," she explains. Then director Paul (American Gigolo
) Schrader asked her to cut her long tresses into a bob to play a terrorist in Patty Hearst
. After the China Beach
producers lost their first choice, they saw delovely Delany a new and flipped—as soon did much of America. Now Schrader is having Delany trimmed again, this time to play an ex-junkie in his Light Sleeper
. Even if lightning doesn't strike twice, Delany is secure in her looks. "I know my weak points," she says. "But I've thought I was attractive since I was a girl because my father thought I was. He must have been kind. I was always cute, but I was a butterball."