June 10, 1965
Listed in the 1996 issue of People magazine as one of the "Most Intriguing People", Elizabeth Hurley began her Hollywood story in reverse by beginning her career first as an actress then as a model when while attending the British premier of Hugh Grant's hit comedy Four Weddings And A Funeral, her slinky Versace gown caught the eye of Leonard Lauder, who instantly hired her to be a spokesmodel for Estee Lauder, thus becoming their representative in their worldwide advertising campaigns.
Aside from her modeling and acting careers, the five foot nine beauty is more than just a pretty face. Along with Hugh Grant, she set up Simian Films as part of their first-look deal with Castle Rock Entertainment. Once the deal was in place, Hurley went on to produce Mickey Blue Eyes, as well as developing and producing Extreme Measures, starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman.
While living in England, she tormented her agent and turned up for every audition tossed her way. She danced five nights a week with Bodyline, the latest incarnation of The Vestal Virgins. It was knackering but it paid the rent on her Chelsea bedsit, kept her in Marmite and, eventually, secured her an Equity card. Hurley made her screen debut in the 1987 film Aria, in a segment directed by Bruce Beresford. She received the first big break of her career with the title role in Christabel, a major BBC drama serial written by the late Dennis Potter. A string of television roles followed until she landed her first starring role opposite Hugh Grant in the Spanish feature film Remando al Viento.
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