Born on June 10, 1965 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, Elizabeth Hurley is a former model and actress who became popular for being Hugh Grant’s girlfriend. The daughter of army major and a schoolteacher, Hurley took ballet lessons as a child. She attended Kempshott Infant School and Kempshott Junior School, and eventually Harriet Costello School which became Costello Technology College. She also studied dance and theater at the London Studio Center. During her teens, Hurley was a punk. She dyed her hair pink and pierced her nose.
Elizabeth Hurley met Hugh Grant while working on a Spanish production of Remando Al Viento (Rowing to the Wind) in 1987. She was then an obscure actress. The two started dating and, during the 1994 premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral, which catapulted Grant to international popularity, she wore a black Versace dress laden with gold safety pins. She became among the most photographed in the event and even gained the attention of Estee Lauder, a cosmetics company. She was introduced as the company’s spokesmodel at the Royalton Hotel, despite having no prior modeling experience. It was during this stint that she launched the best-selling perfume, Pleasures. She had since appeared several times on the cover of Vogue.
When the two broke up in 2000, Hurley was still known as “one of the world’s most famous arm ornaments” in reference to her red carpet appearance on the arms of Grant. She has since ventured in Hollywood films, modeling, reality television, and even designing beachwear. She starred in Mike Myers’ hit spy comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery in 1997 and she would reprise the role in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999. She also had notable roles in EdTV, Bedazzled, Double Whammy, Serving Sara, and a 2004 thriller called Method.