Elizabeth Hurley is an actress and model who shot into popularity when she appeared in the premiere of Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 wearing a black Versace dress put together by big-sized safety pins. Hurley, who had been known previously only as actor Hugh Grant’s girlfriend, became the darling of the fashion world as her dress (alongside her face, of course) was on every newspaper and magazine that had a fashion column, thus, shooting her to instant stardom.
Since then, she has channeled her well-received celebrity status into other areas of her life and her story makes for an interesting read.
Elizabeth Hurley – Who is She?
On the 10th of June 1965, English actress, Elizabeth Jane Hurley, widely known as Elizabeth Hurley or Liz Hurley, was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire to the family of Roy Leonard and Angela Mary Hurley. She is the middle child of her father, a one-time Royal Army Educational Corp major and her mother, who taught at Kempshott Junior School and Holy Child School, Sonipat. Her siblings are Kathleen Hurley, an older sister; and Michael James Hurley, a younger brother.
It is not exactly known when the actress attended the regular high school and college but she did attend Harriet Costello School and the Queen Mary’s College, all in Basingstoke. Hurley who had her eyes set on forging a career for herself in showbiz also enrolled at the London Studio Centre to study theater and dance but would not complete her studies as she was expelled in 1986 after only three years.
Career and Net Worth
Elizabeth Hurley first began her showbiz career as an actress. Her acting career took off in 1987 when she made her film debut in the movie Aria which was followed by Passenger 57 (1992), Dangerous Ground (1997), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Bedazzled (2000), Serving Sara (2002), Viktor (2014), among others. Her television debut came one year after her film debut, in 1988, when she was cast in an episode of the TV series Inspector Morse as Julia. Others would include Christabel, Act of Will, The Good Guys, Samson and Delilah, Gossip Girl, The Tomorrow People, The Royals, to mention just a few. She played the starring role of Queen Helena in the latter.
She landed her first modeling job in 1995 at the age of 29, when she was hired by Estée Lauder, a cosmetics and skincare company based in New York, to work as their spokesmodel. This was her first ever attempt at modeling and she worked with the company as the face of their brand until 2001 when she was replaced by American model, Carolyn Murphy. Nevertheless, she stayed with Estée Lauder in other capacities, and still works with the company till date.
Her modeling career may have begun with Estée Lauder but it definitely did not end with them. She has been part of other ad campaigns as a cover girl for top magazines, and also modeled for online female fashion store, Saloni; Spanish fashion brand, Mango; and French luxury leather company, Lancel among others. Hurley has a beachwear line – Elizabeth Hurley Beach which was launched in April 2005 and her net worth has been estimated at $35 million.
Family Life – Husband, Son
Elizabeth Hurley is not married at the moment but her love life is a pretty interesting one. Her first official love relationship came about in 1987 when she met Hugh Grant. Hurley was an unknown entity at the time just struggling to gain acceptance in the entertainment industry. They were never married but stayed together for 13 years before they went their separate ways in the year 2000. It is said that it was this relationship that opened the doors of Hollywood to the actress and model.
After her relationship with Grant ended, she had a fling in 2001 with American businessman Steve Bing, which resulted in a child – a boy, named Damian Charles Hurley (born April 4, 2002). Bing initially denied being responsible for the child, however, a DNA test proved otherwise. She would eventually walk down the aisle in 2007 with Indian businessman, Arun Nayar, whom she began dating sometime after the birth of her son in 2002. However, their wedding led to Nayar’s parents disowning him after the religious Hindu community filed criminal charges against the couple for violating India’s wedding customs.
Their marriage ended on June 15, 2011, after Hurley filed for a divorce earlier in April the same year, citing “unreasonable behavior”. She moved on within weeks and announced her engagement to the ex-Australian cricketer, Shane Warne which lasted 30 months but never ended in matrimony.
Elizabeth Hurley’s Body Measurements
As a model, one expects that Elizbeth Hurley will have a shape that will keep heads rolling and that is true. Her body measurements stated as follows: 36-24-34 inches (Chest-Waist-Hip) and her bra size is 34D. Hurley has a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m), weighs 61 kg, has a dress and shoe size of 8 (US) and 9.5 (US) respectively.
Elizabeth Hurley champions a breast cancer awareness initiative in partnership with her former modeling client, Estée Lauder. She has worked with them on the project since she stepped down from being their spokesperson in 2001. Estée Lauder created a lipstick line called “Elizabeth Pink” with sales from the lipstick channeled towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The actress announced herself to the fashion world in 1994 when she appeared on the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral, accompanied by her then-beau, Hugh Grant. Her appearance was not the wow-factor but the dress she wore – a black Versace dress, which was held together by large gold safety pins. She became an overnight celebrity after the event as pictures of her flooded the tabloids.
She is the godmother of David and Victoria Beckham’s two sons – Brooklyn and Romeo.
She was fined by the Screen Actors Guild in the year 2000 for filming a commercial when actors where on a strike to the tune of $100,000.