Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born June 10, 1965) is an English actress, supermodel, and beachwear designer who gained fame as Hugh Grant's girlfriend.
Hurley was born as a middle child in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, the daughter of Angela and Reg Hurley. Her father, a lapsed Catholic of Irish descent, was a major in the British Army, while her mother, an Anglican, was a schoolteacher at Kempshott Infant School. Her older sister Debbie is a literary agent and younger brother Michael works as an engineer.
Hurley took ballet classes as a child. She went to Kempshott Junior School and Infants school and the Harriet Costello School, now known as Costello Technology College. She later attended Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke, for one year, followed by Basingstoke College of Technology, and later won a scholarship to the London Studio Centre
Hurley gained early recognition for her beauty in the early 1980s when she won a Face of the Year competition at a local newspaper in Winchester, securing a year's modeling contract with a prestigious London firm as the first prize. She made her first film appearance in Aria (1987), and attracted some media attention in the late 1980s for portraying the title character in a four-part television drama, Christabel, written by Dennis Potter. During this time, she appeared in several low-budget British and Hollywood films, including a performance as a stewardess in the 1992 thriller Passenger 57. She also appeared on television on both sides of the Atlantic, working in the British series Rumpole of the Bailey and the George Lucas-produced The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. In 1987, working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento, she met actor Hugh Grant and they started a long romantic relationship.
In 1994, Grant's film Four Weddings and a Funeral was an international box office success and Grant was the focus of much media attention. Hurley attended the premiere in a black plunging Versace dress held together with gold safety pins, due to which she was relentlessly photographed at the event. This appearance propelled her to recognition in the modeling world, especially catching the attention of cosmetics giant Estée Lauder. The Versace dress Hurley wore was, for a long time, referred in popular media simply as "that dress". For many years, Hurley was recognized chiefly as Hugh Grant's girlfriend, with the Guardian reporting that she was "then known as 'Hugh Grant's girlfriend', now known as 'Hugh Grant's former girlfriend'."[
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