Elizabeth Hurley vs Versace

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Elizabeth Hurley says she’s never been taken seriously as an actress.

The reason for this, she believes, is a Versace dress.

The dress first appeared in 1993 at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral. At the time, she was Hugh Grant’s girlfriend so naturally she accompanied him.

The press salivated as Hurley threatened to burst out of the flimsy piece of fabric held together by a series of large, strategically placed safety pins.

The following day, Hurley and the Versace dress became a media sensation.

Yet, despite the dress’s fame-propelling properties, Hurley believes it damaged her career.

But is this true?

Could she have ever been considered a serious actress?

Despite the rapid rise to fame, Hurley relied heavily on promoting a sexy image. She continued to pose in skimpy bikinis and topless photo shoots.

And the few memorable movies she has made, most notably ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,’ were hardly serious roles.

In contrast, Helen Mirren, once known as the siren of Shakespeare due to frequent nudity on stage and screen, has always been considered a sexy but serious actress. She’s won a swathe of acting awards and been given the honorific title of Dame.

Similarly, actresses including Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Drew Barrymore are also taken seriously by the industry despite their sexy image.

A successful acting career is not dependent upon one’s wardrobe. Instead, Hurley may simply not be as talented as she would like to think.

She can hardly blame a Versace dress for that.

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.


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