Dangerous Beauty is a 1998 drama directed by Marshall Herskovitz. It is based on Margaret Rosenthal's 1992 biography The Honest Courtesan. Although Veronica (Catherine McCormack) and her wealthy boyfriend, Marco (Rufus Sewell), are in love, they cannot get married because Veronica's poor family is not able to give her a dowry. When Marco decides to marry another woman, Veronica's mother persuades the distraught girl to become a courtesan, or prostitute, in order to earn a living. As soon as she enters the profession, beautiful and intelligent Veronica gains many rich admirers who compete for time with her. When unhappily married Marco learns that his own relatives are sharing her bed, he realizes that he wants to be with her and walks back into her life. Although Veronica reveals that she is still in love with Marco, the young couple begins to realize that Veronica's status as a courtesan may come between them.