Elizabeth Jane Hurley is a British model and actress probably most famous for her association with actor Hugh Grant.
Elizabeth Hurley also appeared on “Gossip Girl” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” among other projects. She has been with the cosmetics company Estee Lauder. She has since segued into launching her own beachwear line. She said, “I’m not going to launch a bikini business and then give up bikinis, am I?”
Elizabeth Hurley described herself on Twitter as “Mum, model, actress, bikini designer, organic farmer.” Her nickname is Liz.
Growing up, she wanted to be a dancer and went to ballet boarding school when she was 12. She returned shortly thereafter. She later won a scholarship to London Studio Centre, which taught dance and theatre. She was involved with punk fashion (her hair was dyed pink and she sported a pierced nose), but she had to change her image in order to be “castable.”
But it was probably her relationship with Hugh Grant that made her a star. Previous to that relationship, Elizabeth Hurley was a struggling actress. She was dating actor Hugh Grant when he was involved with prostitute Divine Brown, and there was no escaping the celebrity news media firestorm.
Elizabeth Hurley is the mother of a child, Damian Charles Hurley, born in 2002 from her relationship with Steven Bing. (Steve Bing initially denied paternity, but a DNA test confirmed he was the father.) One of the child’s godparents includes Elton John. Elizabeth happens to be the godmother of Victoria and David Beckham’s sons.
She said, “I certainly don’t want a child of mine to be famous, or anyone I was very close to who isn’t yet…it’s the worst thing to be trapped in your house [and] not be able to leave.”
Elizabeth Hurley claims not to have watched TV since 1979. She is famous for saying “I’d kill myself if I was as fat as Marilyn Monroe.” Maybe there is good reason there are so few photos of her looking bad. She said, “I always wear make-up as I’ve never seen the point of looking less than your best.”
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Elizabeth Hurley is divorced from Arun Nayer. She was briefly engaged to Shane Warne, an Australian cricket player. She said, “I have always been attracted to Australians and Australia.”
Elizabeth Hurley currently resides in London, UK.