Elizabeth Jane Hurley was born on June 10th, 1965 in Hampshire, England. Her father was an British army major and of Irish heritage and her mother was a school teacher. She has a brother and a sister. She took ballet classes as a child and at the age of twelve, received a dance scholarship at a boarding school. She attended the school for a short time and was later expelled for poor grades. She later attended the London Studio Centre and Basingstoke College.
She started her career as a model after winning a competition in a local newspaper. Her win included a year modeling contract with a prestigious London firm as the first prize. She continued modeling for many years and then set her sights on acting. She began her acting career when she appeared in a film called Aria in 1988. She later had roles in several BBC made-for-television films. Her first role in a Hollywood major motion picture was in 1992 in the thriller Passenger 57, in which she played one of a group of villains who take over a plane.
In 1995 Hurley began working exclusively for Estée Lauder as the company's sole model, launching the perfume Pleasure in her first month with the company. She has also appeared on the covers of several publications, including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire. In 1997 she was cast as the love interest of Mike Meyers in the huge box-office hit Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. She later starred in several other large films including, EdTV in 1999, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me also in 1999, Bedazzled in 2001 and Serving Sara in 2002. In addition to acting she has also played producer, most notably in the 1996 film Extreme Measures and Mickey Blue Eyes in 1999. Both films starred her then partner Hugh Grant. The couple had formed a production company together called Simian when they were dating.
In late 2005, after ten years as the face of Pleasures, Hurley was replaced by actress Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2006, Hurley was announced as the face of Estée Lauder's ReNutriv Skin Care Line, with a contract extension for another three years. In addition, she has a lipstick named after her, Elizabeth Pink, the profits of which go to the Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Foundation. In April 2005 her beachwear line Elizabeth Hurley Beach debuted in select Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the US and Harrod's in the UK.
Hurley had a long and controversial relationship with actor Hugh Grant but the two split up in 2001. She later was linked with multi-millionaire and American film producer Stephen Bing. On April 4th, 2002, Hurley gave birth to a son, Damian Charles Hurley, fathered by Bing, who initially denied paternity. DNA tests confirmed that he was the father. She later became engaged to Arun Nayar, the son of a Bombay textile millionaire in 2005.
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