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What the Hell Happened to Elizabeth Hurley?

Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley

You probably know Elizabeth Hurley as Hugh Grant’s girlfriend even though the couple split up at the turn of the century.  In the late 90’s, Grant and Hurley were one of the most celebrated couples in show business.  Their personal lives made headlines.  For a time, Hurley had a pretty successful acting career of her own.  But when the 90’s ended, Hurley’s acting career fizzled out as quickly as her high profile relationship.  Good thing she had super-model good looks to fall back on!

What the hell happened?

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Elizabeth Hurley – 1980s punk look

Hurley briefly studied ballet while at boarding school.  But she soon returned home.  She won a scholarship to the London Studio Centre where she studied theater.  In the 80s, Hurley adopted a punk rock style with pink hair and a nose ring.

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Elizabeth Hurley – Aria – 1987

After college, Hurley made her movie debut in the opera anthology, Aria.

Aria asked the question, “What can we do to sex up opera?”  The answer turned out to be to “add some sex scenes”.  Viewers were treated to opera, pretension and nudity.  I believe I saw it twice.  I was really into pretentious opera movies at the time.

Hurley appeared in the segment directed by Bruce Beresford with music from Die tote Stadt.  Hurley and Peter Birch played lovers who serenade one another in the seemingly-dead city of Bruges, Belgium.

The cast included Theresa Russell, Beverly D’Angelo, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Bridget Fonda.  Other segments were directed by Robert Altman, Jean-Luc Godard, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell and Julien Temple.

Aria‘s sexed up take on opera won the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival that year.

Elizabeth Hurley - Rowing With the Wind - 1988

Elizabeth Hurley – Rowing With the Wind – 1988

In 1988, Hurley appeared in the Spanish drama, Remando al viento also known as Rowing With the Wind.

The movie told the story of how Mary Shelley came to write her classic novel Frankenstein.  Lizzy McInnerny played Shelley, Valentine Pelka played her fiance, famed poet Percy Shelley, Hurley played Shelley’s step-sister and Hugh Grant played Lord Byron who challenged them all to write a horror story.

The movie won seven Goya awards which are the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars.  None of the English actors were nominated.  But this is where Hurley met Grant.

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Elizabeth Hurley – Inspector Morse – 1988

Meanwhile, Hurley was appearing on several British TV shows.  In 1988, she appeared in a second-season episode of the long-running crime drama, Inspector Morse.  Hurley played a student at a private school where a teenager may have been murdered.

Hurley - Rumpole of the Bailey

Elizabeth Hurley – Rumpole of the Bailey – 1988

That same year, Hurley appeared on an episode of the English legal drama, Rumpole of the Bailey.

Nigel Timson played a young rich boy who is arrested on his birthday and accused of insider trading.  Hurley played his boss’ daughter who he is living with.  Series lead, Leo McKern, played Rumpole, the eccentric barrister who defends him.

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Posted on January 14, 2015, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 69 Comments.

  1. Plz may I condense this?

    WTHH to Liz Hurley?
    1) She had a career coz she looks lovely
    2) Her career went nowhere coz she’s not a great actress
    3) She shagged High Grant & wore a stonking dress
    4) Her career went nowhere coz she’s not a great actress
    5) She earns a lot of money coz she looks lovely.

    I’m speaking as someone who watched ‘Christabel’ at the time of transmission. The real life story is brilliant, and the adaptation was by the peerless Dennis Potter.

    But really, no matter how lovely the externals, the acting talent is about 4/10. And even cinema has limits on limited talent, else Megan Fox & Jenny McCarthy would have done rather better.

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    • I was looking forward to hearing your thoughts as most of us are probably unfamiliar with a lot of her early work. But yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

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      • Why, thank you, kind sir.

        For anyone who’s not seen her work: think Amanda Donohoe without the wry sense of humour & awareness of her own failings.

        TBH, almost no-one here had heard of Liz Hurley prior to the 4W&AF prem. It was a complete fluke that I remembered her from ‘Christabel’, and I suspect any of us to whom that applies were only watching it because it was a Potter adaptation of the autobiography.

        (Aside: Dennis Potter was one of the finest ever writers for TV. His works, however, did tend to employ outrageously beautiful women with limited talent where the main character was female. So stick with The Singing Detective, Blue Remember Hills, etc., and skip the likes of Blackeyes unless you want ridiculously fit naked beautiful women who can’t act. Joanne Whalley gets past this because The Singing Detective had a male lead & she has talent.)

        Hurley’s had 20+ years of career based on “That Dress” & Daily Mail coverage. Can’t fault the woman for drive & success. She’s a genius.

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        • As I was writing the article I was disappointed to realize just how little Hurley’s movie career amounted to. In my memory, it was more substantial most likely because for a time it seemed like she was everywhere. But mostly, she was just the mean, sexy girl. Not even the female lead but the girl who tries to steal the male lead and fails. I generally like to stay focused on the work and not the personal stuff. But in Hurley’s case, all the interesting stuff took place outside of the actual movies.

          I was mildly amused to discover what a philanderer Hurley is and was even as far back as her relationship with Grant. I don’t know about in England, but in the Us Hurley got a lot of sympathy during that whole affair and it turns out she was arguably the bigger cheater in that relationship. It goes a long way to answering the big question of why he would do such a thing which is what we were all asking ourselves back then.

          To some degree, this article is a warm-up for the Hugh Grant article which will be coming some time this year if everything goes according to plan.

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        • You can actually condense her career into two words: “That Dress”. Honestly. In the UK, there’s a reasonable %age of people would place her better from that term than they would from her name. Yet she’s got decades out of it; as I say, a genius. I was somewhat surprised to see your pic of her punk era on Facebook as a hint you were featurin her, given how minimal her achievements have been, which kind of underlines the point.

          Hugh Grant, bless him, isn’t much of an actor either. He’s either the posh fop or the posh villain, but I’m never sure how much ‘Murica appreciates this given that apparently even Tim Roth counts as posh over there & consequently finessing within British accents may escape people. Even so, his fight with Firth in “Bridget Jones” is my favourite onscreen fight ever. Yet if you write about him before without having seen ‘Sense & Sensibility’ (unlikely I know, fabulous adaptation & he’s perfect), or ‘An Awfully Big Adventure’ (his equivalent of Cruise’s ‘Interview … ‘), I shall unsubscribe.

          But something I’ve learned from this piece. She worked with Patsy Kensit. To cast against her the only contemporary actress of similar local fame but less talent. Did I say that she’s a genius?

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        • I don’t follow fashion. Those who have seen my attire can attest to that. So “The Dress” didn’t register with me at all at the time. I don’t think I knew who Hurley was before the Divine Brown scandal. It wasn’t until I started researching this article that I came to realize what a big deal The Dress was. I’m not entirely certain it was as big of a deal in America as it was in England. Maybe it was and I just missed it. That wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

          I do think Grant might have a bit more range than we have seen. The problem is, every time he tries to deviate from his on-screen personae, audiences reject it. I think the two Simian Films productions were efforts to push him in new directions and that is precisely why they failed. It’s the male equivalent of the Meg Ryan problem. He may be able to act, but we don’t want him to. And don’t worry, I have seen Sense and Sensibility. It’s been a while, but I have seen it. 😉

          She and Kensit are actually good friends. Hurley is godmother to one of Kensit’s children. So there’s another nugget for you.

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        • The fact you keep calling it “The Dress” rather than “THAT Dress” does rather give away that you knew bugger all about it. 😉

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        • lol

          That is giveaway isn’t it. Full disclosure: I’m not sure I had even seen it before writing the article. It’s not such a big deal post JLo green dress.

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        • There’s a decent chance that 4W&AF wouldn’t have done nearly as well as it did without her appearance at the premiere. I listened to a brilliant programme recently on the making of the film, and it sounds like it barely made it to the final edit, not least due to lack of cash. So a front-page-conquering-frock in the UK was a very useful thing indeed.

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        • Definitely agree with you. She made a splash at the premiere. It made headlines that got Hugh and the movie much needed publicity. Pure speculation on my part, but I’m guessing that’s why Grant stuck with her even though he likely knew she was sleeping around. She was an asset. I suspect that’s why they have remained friends after their split. Their relationship was probably more utilitarian than romantic.

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        • I think Hugh Grant would be the perfect follow up to Elizabeth Hurley’s write-up. This sort of whets the appetite for me and serves as a natural lead-in into the Hugh Grant story.

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  2. I’ve seen quite a few Elizabeth Hurley films (all on cable; yes, “Double Whammy” and “Dawg” too, which aired constantly on HBO the previous decade), but I have to agree with the fact that the Divine Scandal and her relationship with Hugh Grant are what she’s remembered for. Also, something I noticed: she looks quite different facially than she did earlier in her career, and I doubt it has anything to do with age.

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    • 1) You are clearly a glutton for punishment.
      2) No more different than any of Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Melanie Griffith, Sharon Stone, etc.. Sad how it’s actually the more naturally beautiful who screw it up by Botox, fillers, surgery etc..

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      • Yeah, I was pretty curious and bored when I viewed those pictures on HBO; I considered them afternoon/late night fodder (I haven’t had HBO in a few years..$14.95? Get out of here). Really though, when it comes to Elizabeth Hurley and her looks, I just think her facial features changed drastically from, say, “Passenger 57” to “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (I initially didn’t know it was the same actress).

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      • Griffith naturally beautiful? I want some of what you’re smoking. She never looked good until Milk Money and that was thanks to some excellent plastic surgery. It was only the later procedures to counteract aging that made her look stupid.

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    • Going back and looking at her pre-fame pictures was a bit startling. I barely recognized her! In some of the early British TV shows, I had to watch clips to make sure I was getting pictures of the right girl. It seems very likely she employed a plastic surgeon. And if so, they did fabulous work. How much of her career can be attributed to perfect breast enhancements?

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      • It wasn’t just surgery, tho’ – she lost a lot of weight, changed her makeup, & got her eyebrows under control. The latter is a surprisingly effective change (see J.Carrey) for opening up the face & making it less threatening. And she may have had some perking up now, but she was always a relatively buxom wench (which can survive weight loss surprisingly well), so just a switch of lingerie style will have done a lot for that in earlier years.

        Apparently Liz Hurley fascinates me more than I realised.

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        • She’s a pretty fascinating topic. Despite the fact she had a pretty lackluster movie career, we’ve been talking about her for decades.

          You’re right that the eyebrows made a huge difference.

          One thing I will say is that I Tweeted the first picture of the article as a clue to who would be the subject of the next article. Quite a few readers on the site’s Facebook Page and on Twitter immediately recognized her despite the very different appearance. So will the changes are noticeable, she is still recognizable to many.

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      • Yeah, I’m just surprised her radical transformation hasn’t been mentioned all that much. I agree that it was great work. Heck, it doesn’t bother me, and i think she look fantastic, but with all the public and media harping on performer’s changing looks, it’s hard for me to figure she’s been relatively untouched.
        Another note: I love the made up story that Tom Sizemore introduced Elizabeth Hurley to Bill Clinton. Now I can see Hugh Grant and Mr. Clinton being chummy (they seem like they would click), but that tidbit was mentioned just to help sell his book (like basketball great Wilt Chamberlain stating in his autobiography that he bedded 20,000 woman).

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    • I agree Lebeau, it seems likely that Hurley and Grant were more business partners and friends, with success their common goal. But maybe sparks didn’t fly with them.

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  3. Smashing good writeup, baby! (get it?) In this WTHH you’re really giving us an absorbing chapter in movie history. Hurley is undeniably gorgeous no matter what she’s in and no matter what changes have taken place, but beyond just looks, she brings a lot of personality and intelligence into her roles. As usual when I read a WTHH, it turns out the subject has a lot of background filmography I didn’t know.
    I’ve never seen the Austin Powers sequels beyond the first couple of minutes of the second one. The minute they decided to turn Vanessa into a fembot, they lost me forever. Austin and Vanessa belonged together. In my mind they will stay there!
    Loved your humorous Grant references too, a good preview of coming attractions!
    OW BEHAVE…..

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    • I really loved the first Austin Powers. I don’t think all that many people appreciated it for what it was. The sequel was bigger. I think most people just remember the catch phrases, Mini Me and Myers wearing crazy get-ups. But the first movie had a real sweetness to it. And it even had something to say about the changing times. I remember being sad that they essentially killed of Hurley’s character whom I cared about from the first movie. But the sequel wasn’t about that. It was all about the gags. I quickly got past that.

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  4. Let’s be honest here the only real reason why Elizabeth Hurley got a WTTH write up, ultimately, is because she co-starred in the first Austin Powers film. Without Austin Powers her film career is nothing and she is just an incredibly, impossibly gorgeous woman that famously dated Hugh Grant for several years. Giving credit where credit is due though, Hurley was terrific in Austin Powers, and despite Bedazzled failing at the box office I found it pretty funny, no not great but still entertaining. I would say it was, sadly, the last Harold Ramis movie worth watching, even if it was far from his best work. I still miss that guy, so talented.

    It’s amazing how thin her film career is, looking at it now. She got plenty of mainstream work for a few years after Austin Powers, but nothing caught on. I think once Bedazzled flopped, that was more or less the end of the mainstream film offers. But just off the top of my head I cannot think of any movies from that era that she would have killed in, as I mentioned before she is impossibly gorgeous (we are clear that I find Hurley incredibly gorgeous, right?) with some talent but (sorry to say) limited talent. Her best bet would have been for Mike Myers to keep her around for Austin Powers 2, unfortunately he didn’t instead following the James Bond concept – the hero must have a new love interest in every new movie. She was genuinely good in Austin Powers and I think I would have preferred to have her around again in AP2 rather than Heather Graham.

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    • I was legitimately surprised to realize how unimpressive her movie resume was. I remembered her being in a lot of movies. And she was for a time. What I didn’t recollect was that she basically showed up as the bad girl/temptress in most of them. Austin Powers and Bedazzled were about it for big leading roles in movies anyone would remember.

      There were a few other surprised like the nature of her relationship with Grant. For decades, I branded him a cheater when in reality, she was cheating on him first. And the fact that she was an actress-turned-model instead of the other way around was surprising to me as well. I had assumed she was a model that got into acting after her relationship with Grant put her in the spotlight. But not so.

      The Grant article is coming. But it won’t be next. The next write-up will be someone who was big in 1985. This article was meant as a warm-up for the Grant article. But I don’t think I could handle digging into that many British movies and TV shows I have never heard of back-to-back.

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      • I, too, never knew just how promiscuous Hurley was during her tenure with Grant. She came off as the victim at the time. And really, if she was going to cheat she could have done a lot better than Tom Sizemore.

        One way to look at Hurley’s career is an example of just how difficult it is to become a legitimate movie star. Sorry to repeat myself but Elizabeth Hurley was (and still is) an incredibly gorgeous woman, but yet amazing good looks are not enough to become a movie star, even with a decent amount of talent to back it up. Come to think of it I recall Cindy Crawford – arguably the biggest supermodel of the 90’s – starred in an action movie called Fair Game in 1995; that movie flopped and she never starred in a film again. So you need more than drop-dead-gorgeous good looks to really become a leading actress. Matter of fact I wonder if an actress can be too beautiful to the point of turning off women from watching her movies, because if they play up their looks they seem unrelatable. I don’t know if I’m right or wrong about that theory though. Perhaps Hurley should have downplayed her looks a bit and made herself seem more down-to-earth, more relatable for her roles; an actress like Cameron Diaz who is also incredibly beautiful downplays her looks, comes off as affable, and even sometimes plays goofy girls with a silly sense of humor, making her more relatable to general audiences. Hurley tried for a few years to make her bread and butter as gorgeous, unattainable temptresses in a series of films, not exactly relatable to most moviegoers. But I could be entirely off base on this train of thought.

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        • I think you make a lot of good points. Especially that Hurley could do better than Tom Sizemore. When Grant got picked up with Divine Brown everyone asked “WHY!?!” I have the same reaction to the news that Hurley shacked up with Sizemore for 4 years. Heck, she chose him over Wesley Snipes. Now, I’m no expert on this kind of thing. But Snipes seems like a better choice than Sizemore. I’m playing amateur celebrity psychologist here, but I suspect part of the appeal of Sizemore was that he was a lovesick little puppy she could play with while Grant was out of town and then kick to the side whenever it was inconvenient to have him around.

          Being a movie star is hard and requires a lot of good luck in addition to other attributes. And like everything else in Hollywood, it’s 1000 times harder for women.

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      • Why Hollywood won’t cast Hugh Grant anymore

        http://www.looper.com/14211/hollywood-wont-cast-hugh-grant-anymore/

        For about a decade, Hugh Grant was everywhere. The charming Brit was the crown prince of romcoms and practically inescapable at the movies. Then, well, he wasn’t around much anymore. What happened?

        That whole sex scandal thing

        Back before a sex tape could make someone famous and successful, sex scandals were, well, scandalous—and Hugh Grant was embroiled in a particularly infamous one. In 1995, the affable actor was busted for hooking up with a prostitute named Divine Brown in his car. He looked particularly sheepish in his mugshot. Oh, and did we mention he was dating actress Elizabeth Hurley at the time? Yeah, there’s that too. Grant released a statement telling the press, “Last night I did something completely insane. I have hurt people I love and embarrassed people I work with. For both things I am more sorry than I can ever possibly say.”

        Grant got off easy in more ways than one. He escaped the potential six months of jail time and instead paid a $1,000 fine and participated in an AIDS education program. He also faced some comeuppance from Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, who asked him, “What the Hell were you thinking?” Grant said simply, “I’ve done an abominable thing, and she’s [Liz Hurley] been amazing about it, and contrary to what I read in the paper today, she’s been very supportive, and we’re going to try to work it out.”

        He’s over romcoms

        The romantic comedy market has begun to dry up in recent years, and Grant’s most recent effort in the genre didn’t fare so well. Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009) was a critical and box office bomb, netting only half of its $58 million budget in ticket sales.

        It doesn’t sound like it bugs Grant too much, though, because he’s tired of the genre. Grant admitted to The Telegraph that part of why he’s not in a lot of movies anymore is because he doesn’t feel like doing them anymore and because Hollywood is an ageist place. ”Nowadays I pretty much turn everything down anyway, because I just feel too old, certainly for romantic comedy and certainly for show business in general,” he said. “Occasionally, they wheel me out.”

        His other genre films aren’t moneymakers, either

        Cloud Atlas (2012) had very lofty expectations: A stellar cast featuring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Grant, among others, as well as a time-warping plot, lots of double-casting, and plenty of attempts at depth and touching moments. It also had a $102 million budget. Unfortunately, the film only netted about $27 million in ticket sales. Similarly, the action-packed The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) cost $75 million to produce but only grossed $45 million at the box office. Are those bombs Grant’s fault? Of course not, but combined with his spotty track record, casting directors and producers likely remember those financial flops.

        He’s picky about his projects

        Because he’s made a ton of money already, Grant can afford to be picky with his projects. He explained to The Telegraph that he won’t take on just any film, and even when he does, it’s with some stipulations. Speaking about the aptly titled The Rewrite (2014), Grant explained, “I’m very difficult and queenie, even with [writer and director Marc Lawrence]. I put him through the ringer and there were many drafts before I deigned to sign on the dotted line.”

        He can’t stop having kids

        Grant has had four love children in the last four years. At one point, two of his lovers were pregnant at the same time! In December 2015, the London Lothario fathered his fourth child, a daughter, with Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein, who is also the mother of his son, John, who was born in 2012, according to the Daily Mail. Grant’s other two tykes, Tabitha (born in 2011) and Felix (born in 2013) were birthed by restaurant hostess Tinglan Hong. We suspect Grant may be having a hard time squeezing movies in between all that baby making.

        He’s almost too handsome

        Grant’s breakout role was in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), and he almost didn’t get the part because he was too sexy. Screenwriter Richard Curtis told the Daily Mail, “The absolutely key thing for that film when I was writing it was that the person who was playing the lead would not be good looking. That was the absolute starting thesis of the film. So when finally we’d auditioned every single young person in the country and we were voting, me, Mike [Newell, the director] and Duncan [Kenworthy, producer], two people voted for Hugh—that was them. And I voted for someone else.”

        He’s a bit too posh

        Grant revealed on The Graham Norton Show that his good looks weren’t his only obstacles when auditioning for his life-changing role in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). After the talk show host said the part was written for Grant, the actor scoffed, “I had to audition, and in fact I was very much unwanted. Richard Curtis did everything in his power to stop me getting the part after the audition. I remember it was a very traumatic audition,” he added. “It was in the Jim Henson studio for some reason, and in front of the writer, director, producer and 50 full size Muppets, which was unsettling. I read the speech I had made at my brother’s wedding, which I thought would charm them but I think it slightly sickened them. I think they wanted someone rather more middle of the road and thought I was too hoity-toity posh.”

        What’s next?

        It looks like a comeback is in order for Grant. The charmer stars alongside Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), which has already garnered critical acclaim ahead of its release in August 2016. If he can keep his nose (and uh, other things) clean, chances are he can nab whatever roles he wants from here on.

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    • 10 Worst Explanations For Missing Movie Characters

      http://screenrant.com/worst-explanations-missing-movie-characters/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_865483

      Austin Powers (Mike Myers) is a bumbling secret agent of the 1960s, a broad caricature of James Bond. In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, he awakes after 30 years of cryosleep to once again battle his nemesis Dr. Evil (also played by Myers). To help him adjust to 1990s, Powers is partnered with the lovely agent Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley). The film then plays with the standard trope of its main couple first bickering before falling in love.

      However, at the very beginning of the sequel, it is discovered that Agent Kensington is one of Dr. Evil’s murderous fembots. Powers promptly destroys it and mourns his lost love for all of five seconds before celebrating his re-gained bachelorhood. Although no one really remembers Hurley for her acting, it is somewhat underwhelming to lose her character this early and for no reason. On the other hand, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is somewhat excused because it turns this into a deliberate parody of all the other sequels who half-heartedly wrote off their main characters.

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    • 12 Great Directors Who Helmed Terrible Movie Remakes

      http://whatculture.com/film-tv/12-great-directors-who-helmed-terrible-movie-remakes?page=12

      Harold Ramis – Bedazzled (2000)

      It’s weird to think that there was ever a point when a major studio were able to cast Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley in a film, like that was the most normal thing in the world: they’re the last pair you’d expect to find in anything of worth nowadays, but back in 2000 they were considered hot property, apparently. Those were the days.

      Betting on their, uh, sizzling chemistry, Fraser and Hurley found themselves paired with Harold Ramis, the comic director behind Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Dog, for 2000’s Bedazzled, a remake of the far superior 1960s film of the same name. In both versions, the plot focuses on a naive young man who becomes romantically entangled with the devil, played in Ramis’ film by Hurley.

      In the late ’90s, Ramis was struggling to keep his career afloat, having directed a series of flops in Stuart Saves His Family and Multiplicity. Did he think this broad and largely stifled “comedy” was the way forward? Still, despite the disastrous script, Bedazzled did make $90 million on a budget half that size, rendering it as a relative success and the last film Ramis ever made that didn’t flop at the box office.

      Bedazzled has since been relegated to one of those flicks you stumble upon now and again and laugh at, as if to say: “Oh, my, wasn’t the past a funny place?”

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  5. Very interesting overview! I think I might be the only person who loves the Hurley/Fraser Bedazzled and even found her role in My Favourite Martian amusing.

    I think Hurley’s problem was that her looks, though extremely gorgeous, are quite ‘hard’ if that makes sense. It is difficult to imagine her playing vunerable or likable. Even the part in My Favourite Martian I mentioned above, where she played an airhead still played it as a ruthless airhead.

    Incidentally I don’t know if anyone knows the Irish actress Katie McGrath (of Merlin, the recent Dracula series and Jurassic World) but she looks uncannily like the Austin Powers era Hurley, and has some of the same onscreen persona.

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    • She didn’t have the sweet “girl next door” persona. She was never going to be America’s Sweetheart. When she attempted a rom com, you got Serving Sara. Whether that’s her looks or her energy or some other intangible factor, I don’t know. But she played as a manipulative vixen and not so much the girl that the guy is supposed to end up with.

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      • Yeah. Not blonde AND not a doormat. Not a big market for those in Hollywood – 2% of all actresses, would you say? Or is that a bit high?

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        • lol

          You’ll get no argument from me.

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        • That’s so narrow that Hollywood thinks like that, but we all know that’s the case. Personally, I like females of all hair colors.

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        • The question is whether Hollywood’s reflecting the anglophone media, or vice versa.

          Does the Canal+ / BBC4 detective series “Spiral” get broadcast in the US? Audrey Fleurot slinks her way through it like some kind of auburn panther on heat (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1109153/). Something tells me she’ll never have a career of note outside Europe. Think Eva Green with added sensuality and menace.

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        • It looks like it’s available on Netflix. These days, if you look hard enough, you can find most anything. But none of these shows are out in the mainstream. You’re going to have to go out of your way to find them.

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    • “I think Hurley’s problem was that her looks, though extremely gorgeous, are quite ‘hard’ if that makes sense.”

      An awful lot of actresses seem to look like grown up little girls. You’d never mistake Hurley for anything other than a woman.

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    • I go nuts in the Bedazzled film where she plays a school teacher.

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  6. I agree with you both Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley are both excellent WTTHT material. Grant more so as he was a big star and seems to have just fallen off the face of the Earth. Hurley’s real big test was Bedazzled and that was a real missed opportunity for both her and Fraser. It was actually quite funny and they had loads of chemistry. (it did admittedly peter out after about the fifth wish the devil granted). I remember the big sticking point with critics is the film seemed to shy away from the chemistry they had (maybe because she played the devil) and it might have worked if the characters actually ended up together in the end. She played more of a trixster devil than evil and actually let him off the hook in the end, so the signs were there, they just did not follow through with what was right in front of them.

    It seems like her career was derailed by personal issues rather than people not liking her work. All the negative comments you gathered about her work seem to be people who are less than trustworthy and are all taken with a grain of salt. But the whole baby-daddy thing had to hurt, as the guy basically called her a slut who didn’t know who she was screwing. Plus the whole Grant picking up a street walker thing (people obviously think there must be something wrong with her for him to do that) and the fact her second marriage smacked of gold digging I think turned people irreparably off.

    Good call also on the big change in looks she underwent. She seemed young for plastic surgery (maybe a nose job) and I am thinking just a complete makeover was the difference. In her early years she seemed more english-type pretty and she became va-va-voomy with the makeover.

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  7. Hurley (along with fellow WTHH alums Sharon Stone and Demi Moore) in WatchMojo’s Top 10 Sexiest Women of the 1990s

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  8. Elizabeth Hurley’s quote of “I’d kill myself if I was as fat as Marilyn Monroe” makes WatchMojo’s list of Another Top 10 Dumb Things Said by Celebrities.

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  9. Hurley (along with Sharon Stone) makes WatchMojo’s list of Top 10 Actresses with Sexy Voices

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  10. 10 Famous Actresses Who Don’t Act Anymore

    http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/10-famous-actresses-who-dont-act-anymore/5/

    Elizabeth Hurley

    Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley is famous for her role in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and for being Hugh Grant’s girlfriend in the 1990s who wore a Versace dress held together with gold safety pins to his film premiere. In 2002, she took a break from acting to raise her son but has since been seen on the small screen for Gossip Girl, Project Runway and in her current role as Queen Helena on The Royals.

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  11. ‘Teenage me!’ Elizabeth Hurley, 51, has hardly aged a day as she shares fresh-faced throwback snap from her pre-fame days

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3785448/Elizabeth-Hurley-51-hardly-aged-day-shares-teen-snap.html

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  12. Forgotten Classic: Method (AKA Dead Even)

    http://www.culturefix.co.uk/2012/11/forgotten-classic-method-aka-dead-even.html

    We have always rated Elizabeth Hurley highly as an actress – she harks back to the golden days of glamorous cinematic leading ladies like Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. And like the aforementioned, may not be the most-convincing actress but remains a star all the same. Although, Hurley in Method may be best suited to comparisons with the later career of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis – when the stars ventured into trashy horror films.

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  13. Elizabeth Hurley stuns the world again with blazing new bikini photos. http://MAXIMM.AG/acWjMQo

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  14. What a crappy, boring article. I could have gotten this from a middle schooler’s biography of Hurley. A pitiful waste of time. ONE star.

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  15. 10 Actors Who Quit While They Were on Top

    http://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/actors-who-quit-while-they-were-on-top.html/?a=viewall

    Elizabeth Hurley

    British actress Elizabeth Hurley is best known for her starring roles in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Bedazzled, using her ravishing good looks and likable on-screen persona to become a successful model, actress, and spokeswoman.

    There isn’t a clear reason why her film career came to a sudden halt around 2002, save for the birth of her son. Hurley has continued to appear in advertisements, becoming an outspoken supporter of Estee Lauder’s breast cancer awareness program, but hasn’t enjoyed a major film role since.

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  16. Elizabeth Hurley reportedly dating David Foster

    http://www.nickiswift.com/77386/elizabeth-hurley-reportedly-dating-david-foster/

    Has the Royals star found herself a new man?

    E! News reports that Elizabeth Hurley has started dating record producer David Foster. But don’t expect them to go public with their romance anytime soon—a source said that the two are still in the “early stages” of a relationship.

    Rumors that Hurley, 52, and Foster, 67, were an item started after paparazzi spotted them boarding a private jet together in Olbia, Italy. A friend of the pair also shared a photo of the two of them with a group on Instagram, showing them spending time together on a yacht.

    E! News’ insider notes that Hurley and Foster have known each other for years after meeting through mutual friends but only “recently became romantic,” adding, “[David] talks very highly of Elizabeth.”

    Hurley previously dated famed international cricketer Shane Warne before calling it quits in 2013. As for Foster, he divorced Yolanda Hadid, mother to models Gigi and Bella Hadid, in 2015. Since then, he’s been linked to both Christie Brinkley and Katharine McPhee.

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  17. Where Are They Now? Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

    http://screenrant.com/austin-powers-international-man-of-mystery-where-are-they-now-cast-then/

    ELIZABETH HURLEY

    As Vanessa Kensington, the daughter of Austin Powers’ 1960s love interest and his new pursuit in the modern day, Elizabeth Hurley leapt from British television and small parts in American film to a genuine movie star. Her first role after Austin Powers was a dramatic turn in Permanent Midnight, which also displayed comedian Ben Stiller’s dramatic skills.

    She was only able to return for a cameo in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999 because it was a busy year for her. She starred in two comedy films, EdTV and My Favorite Martian. She made a trend of moving back and forth between drama and comedy, going from The Weight of Water to Bedazzled to Method.

    Recently she has found success on television. She did a season-long arc on Gossip Girl and a recurring part on the short-lived The Tomorrow People. However, her biggest success came when E! Entertainment Television got into the scripted drama game with The Royals, in which Hurley plays the Queen of a fictitious monarchy.

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    • 15 Celebs That Got Hotter After They Stopped Being Famous

      http://screenrant.com/celebs-hotter-after-stopped-being-famous-leaving-hollywood/

      ELIZABETH HURLEY

      The lovely Elizabeth Hurley first came on the scene as a model as a long-running spokesmodel for Estée Lauder, and then easily transitioned to the big screen in the 1990s. Her breakout role came in the hit 1997 comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and she went on to do a few more films, including Bedazzled and Serving Sara.

      Hurley’s biggest claim to fame, however, later became being the longtime girlfriend of Hugh Grant at the height of his career. She even stood by him when he was caught with a prostitute in 1995, but the two finally called it quits in 2000 after 13 years together.

      The actress sort of fell off the radar after that, but her beauty has only grown, as she continues to model, and even launched her own line of beachwear. She also returned to TV in 2015 with the drama series The Royals, playing the matriarch of a fictitious British royal family.

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  18. Why You Never Her About Elizabeth Hurley Anymore

    http://www.nickiswift.com/85442/never-hear-elizabeth-hurley-anymore/

    You know her from “Austin Powers” and from the tabloid headlines — Elizabeth Hurley has been a television and film fixture for quite some time. But in recent memory, this British bombshell has fallen out of the public eye. Her absence from the A-list has led many to wonder, “Where has she gone?” From an embarrassing divorce to a split from a famed cricket player and taking time off to raise her son, these are reasons why Hurley has been out of sight.

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  19. Elizabeth Hurley Gives Advice to Her 15-Year-Old Son as He Begins His Acting Career

    https://t.co/xagx26F5b1

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  20. Liz Hurley: I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for two decades…he never asked me to massage him

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/liz-hurley-apos-ve-known-074331727.html

    The Telegraph Helena Horton,The Telegraph 17 hours ago

    Liz Hurley is the latest actress to air her views on Harvey Weinstein, who has been in the centre of a scandal over his alleged untoward actions towards women in the film industry.

    She told Sky News that she has known the mogul, who has been accused of making crude comments towards female stars, and has faced multiple sexual harassment allegations, for 22 years.

    Hurley said: ” I lived in Hollywood for 10 years and I made a lot of movies there. I never encountered a casting couch situation.

    “I don’t know if it’s whether I look like I’d give someone a karate chop if they tried…I never have.”

    “Of course I’ve always heard…not about Harvey…but of course I’ve always heard that there are predatory people in every business, Hollywood of course, everywhere.

    “I’ve known Harvey for 22 years, he certainly never asked me to massage him. If he has done those things, it’s horrible.”

    Stars including Dame Judi Dench and Meryl Streep have said they are “horrified” by the allegations.

    Dame Judi, who previously credited Weinstein with reviving her film career, said: “Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying, and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out.”

    She had been a long-time collaborator of Weinstein’s after winning an Oscar in 1999 for her performance as Elizabeth I in the Weinstein film Shakespeare in Love.

    Dame Judi subsequently received Oscar nominations for five more Weinstein-distributed films.

    Streep, another Oscar-winning star and Weinstein collaborator, also broke her silence.

    She won an Oscar for playing Baroness Thatcher in The Iron Lady, which was distributed by The Weinstein Company. In an acceptance speech for that role at the Golden Globes in 2012 she thanked Weinstein, jokingly referring to him as “God, the punisher, Old Testament, I guess”.

    Streep denied previously knowing anything about his behaviour, and called the women speaking out against him “heroes”.

    She said: “The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.

    “One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. The behaviour is inexcusable but the abuse of power familiar.”

    Amid calls for male actors to condemn the studio boss, Oscar nominee Mark Rufallo said: “To be clear, what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible.”

    Other stars to speak out included Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham and Michael Keaton.

    Weinstein has admitted to having caused “a lot of pain” and apologised, saying he is undergoing therapy.

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  21. The Royals creator Mark Schwahn accused of sexual harassment by 25 female cast and crew members

    Days after being accused of sexual harassment by female One Tree Hill cast and crew members, female cast and crew members of E!’s The Royals have released their own statement accusing Schwahn of “repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew.” Their statement begins, “upon reading a statement from the ladies of One Tree Hill, a statement from their Royal sisters could not possibly go unwritten. Despite hearing rumours about his behaviour on One Tree Hill, those of us involved from the early stages went into the filming of the pilot hoping they were just that – rumours. By the time we wrapped this had irrevocably proven not to be the case. It became all too apparent reading their statement earlier this week that the betrayal and anger so many of us had experienced during our time on The Royals is not exclusively ours. And we were angry then, and we are angry now.” ALSO: Royals star Elizabeth Hurley issues statement saying she “had absolutely no idea” and “never witnessed” harassment.

    http://deadline.com/2017/11/the-royals-elizabeth-hurley-sexual-harassment-allegations-mark-schwahn-shocking-surprise-support-1202209988/

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  22. Why did Elizabeth Hurley’s movie career start to fizzle out around the time that she broke up with Hugh Grant?

    https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Elizabeth-Hurleys-movie-career-start-to-fizzle-out-around-the-time-that-she-broke-up-with-Hugh-Grant/answer/Reuben-Smith-2

    Answered 23m ago
    Hard to say without assiduously tracking down interviews with her, which I’m not particularly keen to do. I like her OK, but I was never enamored with her—with the exception of Ms. Kessington in Austin Powers (1997).

    I would only guess that, even though still very attractive, she’d started to age by then, and Hollywood doesn’t like natural biology. She likely had fewer and fewer high-profile, big money roles offered to her, and didn’t like the indignity at her age of scrambling for bit parts as so many actors do, so took a years long hiatus, then started acting in more modest but dignified roles, which is what she’s doing now. It’s a pretty common story, which isn’t a bad thing. Dignity is so much more attractive than desperation.

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