Liz Hurley

Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English model and former actress who became known as a girlfriend of Hugh Grant in the 1990s.[1] Born in Basingstoke, Hurley was a struggling actress in 1987, when she met Grant while working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento. In 1994, Grant became the focus of worldwide media attention due to the global box office success of his film Four Weddings and a Funeral.[2] Hurley accompanied him to the film's London premiere and was noted for wearing a plunging black Versace dress held together with gold safety pins.[3] According to The Guardian,[1] Hurley was "then known as 'Hugh Grant's girlfriend,' now known as 'Hugh Grant's former girlfriend,'" due to their high-profile romantic relationship that ended in 2000.[4]

The highlight of Hurley's professional life has been her association with the cosmetics company Estée Lauder. The company gave Hurley her first modeling job at the age of 29[5] and has used her as a model for its products, especially perfumes such as Sensuous, Intuition and Pleasures, since 1995.[6] Her best known cinematic work was as Vanessa Kensington in Mike Myers's hit spy comedies, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).[7] Hurley currently models and designs an eponymous beachwear line. She became the mother of a son in 2002.

Hurley was born as a middle child in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, the daughter of Angela and Roy Hurley.[8] Her Irish father was a major in the British Army, while her Anglican mother was a teacher at Kempshott Infant School.[8] She has an older sister Katie and a younger brother Michael. Hurley was educated at local schools including Kempshott Infant School, Kempshott Junior School, and the Harriet Costello School. Aspiring to be a dancer as a young girl, she took ballet classes and later briefly studied dance and theater at the London Studio Centre.[9] While in her teens, she became involved with punk fashion, dying her hair pink and piercing her nose.[7] "When I was 16 - this was about 1981,82 - the thing to be in Basingstoke, the suburb I grew up in, was punk," she explained.[10] She also reportedly associated with the New Age Travellers in her youth.
Hurley started working as an actress in the late 1980s and became a model in 1995. During the 2000s, she worked unsuccessfully as a reality television presenter in Britain. Allmovie described her as "one of the world's most famous arm ornaments, model, and sometimes-actress," with the first being a reference to her red-carpet appearances accompanying Hugh Grant to his film premieres and other social functions while they were a couple until 2000.[9] She has appeared thrice on the cover of British Vogue

Liz Hurley

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