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Real Name: Elizabeth Hurley
Birthday: 06/10/1965 in 
Birth Place: London, England
Education: London Studio Centre, London, England

 

Elisabeth Hurley Biography And Filmography:

Being named one of the sexiest females in movie and film history by the Hollywood press would be a designation which many actresses would find tricky to live up to, but Elizabeth Hurley was unlike most of the models who became movie stars that came before her. Not only gifted with a beautiful figure, Hurley was also blessed with a keen business ability as well as an almost mystical ability to remain dignified in the face of unpleasant controversies. These scandals would come fast and furious for the celebrity, including the infamous arrest of her actor Hugh Grant, for soliciting a prostitute, followed a few years later with a threatening paternity suit against millionaire Stephen Bing over the birth of their child in 2001. 

Even with these high profile setbacks, Hurley remained an admired model with her multi year employment with Estee Lauder, as well as kept a humble career as an actress and producer, most notably starring as Vanessa Kensington, the drop-dead gorgeous secret agent teamed with Mike Meyers in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997).

Born June 10, 1965, in Hampshire, England, Elizabeth Hurley was one of three children born to her parents, a British Army major and a schoolteacher. She was spellbound by dance at an early age, attending a private boarding school that focused on dance at the tender young age of 13. 

Elizabeth's first modeling job came in the late 1980's when she won a “Face of the Year” competition sponsored by a local newspaper. The prize was a 12 month contract with a top modeling agency in London, giving her an opportunity to make the rounds in advertising print modeling. 

  Hurley also made her film debut in 1987 with “Aria,” a compilation film in which famous directors created short circumstances based on classical music arrangements. She followed with roles in several popular English television productions, most notably “Christabel” (1988). She also appeared in a number of Continental productions, including a Spanish drama called “Remando al viento” (1988), which also featured her future boyfriend, Hugh Grant.

Even with  her popularity as a print model, she had a hard time making the jump to actress. Even a role as a terrorist in the Wesley Snipes action picture “Passenger 57” (1992) could not elevate  Hurley beyond the “occasional actress” label. What did push her to the top was Hugh Grant’s film “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994) and made her an overnight sexy celebrity and hot commodity.

The renowned cosmetics company Estee Lauder thought so, hiring Elizabeth to become their spokesmodel in 1995. Her face covered more pages and billboards than ever before, and her perfume line, “Pleasures,” was a best seller. She also got involved with the company’s breast cancer charity, giving her grandmother’s death from breast cancer as the reason for her involvement. Lauder’s trust in their official face never faltered. In 2007, the company not only renewed the then 42-year-old’s contract, but extended it for several years.

Hurley then appeared in several television shows, most notably “Sharpe’s Enemy” (1994), which was part of the historical drama series based on the books of Bernard Cornwell. She also portrayed the Biblical temptress Delilah in the TNT movie “Samson and Delilah” (1996). 


Once again, it was a tabloid media event that sent Elizabeth Hurley to the top of the news – this time, the arrest of her boyfriend Hugh Grant for solicitation in Los Angeles. Writers, critics, and the public at large were mystified by her resolve to remain with Grant after the occurrence, even after his illustrious and amusing confession on “The Tonight Show” immediately after the arrest. 

In fact, the pair’s relationship grew stronger in the coming years – seemingly, because Grant knew how close he had come to losing a good thing over his thoughtless sexual encounter. The couple formed a production company, Simian Films, in 1996, which cranked out two starring vehicles for Grant – “Extreme Measures” with Sarah Jessica Parker (1996) and “Mickey Blue Eyes” (1999) – and one for Hurley, “Method” (2004), where she played a serial killer.

In 1997, the actress was hired and cast in the starring role she was hoping for in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” A spoof of 1960's spy films, she was a good partner for Mike Myers’ comic talents.  Hurley returned temporarily to the franchise in 1999 for “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and filmed a cameo for 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember” with Beyonce Knowles. 

For the next several years, Elizabeth worked full-time in major Hollywood films, including Ron Howard’s “EdTV” with Matthew McConaughey (1999), “My Favorite Martian” (1999), and “Permanent Midnight” with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (1998). Most of her parts were small in scope. 

But things began to dry-up in 2000, starting with the end of her 13-year-relationship with Grant – though they remained friends and continued their business partnership through Simian Films until 2006.Elizabeth then got on the wrong side of the Hollywood unions when she broke an actor’s strike to film an Estee Lauder commercial. She would later release a public statement that she was not aware of the strikes, but this did nothing to stop the anger from working actors. Finally, her relationship with producer Stephen Bing came to an ugly end when they became embattled in a paternity suit after a son, Damien Charles, was born in 2002. 

Despite the run of bad luck, Hurley continued to appear in feature films. She made a outstanding Devil in Harold Ramis’ anguished remake of “Bedazzled” (2000) – complete with red underwear and a python snake wrapped around her neck. She also overwhelmed critics with her roles in several interesting independent features, including “The Weight of Water” (2000) with Sean Penn, and “Double Whammy” (2001) co-starring Dennis Leary. 

However, Hurley stopped making films in the United States after the failure of her comedy “Serving Sara” (2002), turning her energy back to British movies and her modeling career.

In 2005, she launched her own swimwear line, Elizabeth Hurley Beachwear, in various department stores around the world and on her web site. The next year, she was as an executive producer and periodic host of “Project Catwalk” (2006- ), a U.K. version of the U.S. reality series “Project Runway”. On a personal note, she had started dating a wealthy businessman and software developer, Arun Nayar, who offered her and her son Damien a stable environment in their high-profile lives. Immediately falling in love, the couple would date happily for several years.

In 2007, Hurley married Nayar in two ceremonies – one in England; the other in Mumbai. The weddings – which cost an estimated 2 million dollars – attracted worldwide press and tabloid reports, thanks to a deal she struck with a British tabloid and the fact that it was a star-packed affair, with Elton John giving away the bride. 

The ceremony also took a deceivingly darker role when after the ceremony, the couple attracted strong criticism from the deeply religious Hindu community of India, which filed criminal charges against her and Nayar for violating wedding customs in their ceremony, such as kissing and not removing their shoes. Nayar’s parents also made a public display of disowning their child for his transgressions. 


Never one to back down, her bad reaction to her new families behavior led to more international coverage. Further ugliness was cast upon the couple when violence broke out between security guards and paparazzi who tried to keep the couple’s car from entering the wedding reception at a military facility.

After almost 8 years away from Hollywood, Hurley re-emerged in 2011 for the modern day remake TV movie “Wonder Woman” (2011). That project got her hired and cast in a 9 episode deal on the hot series “Gossip Girl” (2012) working alongside Kristen Bell, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford, and Leighton Meester in the trendy story of The beautiful Blair Waldorf who is the toast of the young adolescent population of Manhattan's Upper East Side and envied by her friends and the enemy of many fellow rich girls. Her ideal world begins to collapse when she enrolls in private school.

Hurley then jumped back to the big screen for the horror thriller “High Midnight” (2012) where a broken-down sheriff is forced to join forces with an obsessed Victorian vampire hunter to defeat an undead force consuming a small frontier town in 1892 New Mexico.

 

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