Sometimes (many times!) Hollywood can be a cruel place. Actors and actresses drop off the face of the earth for one reason or another. Some slowly fade away, giving in to the younger, better looking version of themselves, their replacement model. Such is not the case for longtime model and actress Elizabeth Hurley. While she may not be completely tearing up Hollywood, Elizabeth Hurley has not gone anywhere, and she most definitely is not out of sight.
WHICH CAME FIRST?
Many think that Hurley’s modeling career is what got her into acting but the truth of the matter is that her acting got her into modeling. Hurley began her acting career when she was 22 years old starring in the 1987 film Aria. She then made her presence known on British TV series such as Gems, Inspector Morse, and Rumpole of the Bailey.
Hurley’s film career was not necessarily hit or miss early on, but more steady than anything. She found herself starring in the movies Kill Cruise and The Long Winter. Nothing to get excited over until 1992 when she took a role opposite Wesley Snipes in Passenger 57.
While that movie didn’t exactly jump start her career, Hurley continued to get work. But in 1995, things changed for Elizabeth Hurley. This was when she was introduced as a spokesmodel for cosmetic giant Estée Lauder, an on-going relationship Hurley has had for 25 years.
VANESSA KENSINGTON AND THE DEVIL
Two of Elizabeth Hurley’s most memorable movie roles undoubtedly have been in the Mike Myers spy spoof comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (as well as a brief cameo in its sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) and the turn she took as the Devil in the remake of Bedazzled.
The first Austin Powers movie was a wonderfully funny comedy where Elizabeth Hurley gamely held her own to Myers’ wacky Austin Powers. In fact, Hurley took home her one and only acting award, the ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year, for her role in Austin Powers.
In Bedazzled, Hurley’s role as the Devil was eye-popping as she played it straight and sexy to a befuddled loser portrayed by Brendan Fraser. The movie was a remake of the 1967 classic of the same name which starred Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, and Raquel Welch.
ELIZABETH HURLEY’S PERSONAL LIFE
For a while there, Elizabeth Hurley’s personal life was more on the front burner than her acting and modeling career. She met actor Hugh Grant in 1987 while she was an unknown actress working on one of her first films. They continued their relationship through Grant’s rise in Hollywood and Hurley even stood by his side when in 1995, Grant was caught receiving oral sex from prostitute Divine Brown while parked on Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd. Give Hurley credit, she lasted another five years with Grant before they split in 2000.
Elizabeth Hurley’s personal life took another hit in 2002 when she gave birth to her son Damian. American businessman and Shangri-La Entertainment founder Steve Bing denied he was the father though eventual DNA tests came back proving otherwise.
Elizabeth then took her talents to Indian textile heir Arun Nayar and in 2007 the couple married. Her marriage to Nayar lasted until 2011 when Hurley filed for divorce citing “unreasonable behavior” on Nayar’s part. Hurley then began a relationship with Australian cricketer Shane Warne and the two even got engaged. That relationship didn’t last either though.
ELIZABETH HURLEY STILL WORKING STEADILY
Elizabeth Hurley’s personal struggles have never slowed her down and that continues to be the case. In 2011, she pulled in a recurring role in the hit series Gilmore Girls and has since gone on to star in a few films and TV series.
She portrayed Queen Helena in all four seasons of The Royals while also being part of the Hulu series, Marvel’s Runaways in 2019. Elizabeth Hurley has stayed active as an actress and looks to continue that trend in her upcoming CBS comedy, an untitled project where she plays the mother of New Girl’s Hannah Simone.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
At least this is what we’ve been led to believe. But some people defy their age. Elizabeth Hurley is 54-years-old, but by looking at her, you’d never never guess it.
She has in part kept her star alive with her bikini-wear. Elizabeth Hurley has her own website where she models her own wear. There she constantly posts unbelievably sensuous bikini pictures on Twitter and Instagram accounts. Here’s but small sample of what Elizabeth Hurley is all about…
Keep it up Elizabeth Hurley! You don’t have to get old.