The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 2, 1996 · Page 25
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 25

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 2, 1996
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Wednesday. October 2,1996 Hurley burly Elizabeth Hurley's life is much too glamorous, and busy By LUAINE LEE Scripps Howard Newt Service TORONTO — People will forgive 'you anything if you do it with enough charm — and a British accent. So it's easy to excuse actress Elizabeth Hurley for not talking about her boyfriend Hugh Grant's encounter with a Hollywood prostitute last year. Hurley herself was able to forgive. In fact, she and Grant have Just finished a new film together, "Extreme Measures," in which Grant stars and Hurley produces. Technically, that makes her his boss. "There are advantages and disadvantages of knowing so well the person you're working with," she says, curling her feet under her on a rust-colored couch here and lighting a Marlboro. "The advantage was I could be a great deal ruder to him than I could to the other actors. There was less pussy-footing. You always have to say, 'That was a good idea but perhaps we could just think about trying it like that.' With him, I could say, "That's terrible. Do it again or I won't pay you,' " she grins. Actually, their filmmaking techniques seem an extension of how they've always related to each other. Both have been hardworking actors since they met in Spain more than 10 years ago co-starring in the undistinguished "Rowing with the Wind." "Always in an unofficial capacity we asked each other for help for years and years," she says, the bangs of her light-brown hair shading her brow. "He'd say, 'I don't know what the hell I'm doing with this part! I can't play it.' I'd say, 'Yes, you can, the reason you can play it is ...' You have to raise people's confidence a lot sometimes. And I do quite a bit of thai" He helps her as well, she nods. "I say, 'I don't know how to play this line, give me a line reading.' And he helps me with speeches I have to make." Not only is she an actress and a bona fide producer, Hurley's also one of the world'* most recognizable models as the official "face" of the Estee Lauder cosmetic line. , Modeling was strictly an accident. "It came out of nowhere," she says, shrugging. "I'd spent nine years trying really hard, acting. And suddenly I get one of the best modeling contracts In the world; without putting any effort into it whatsoever. And it's very bizarre trying to handle that in some ways because it's not something you've longed for and dreamt about and killed yourself trying to get." Though Hurley claims that she and Grant indulged in "slothful" periods, both have toiled Steadily whenever they could find the work. •Her first break came in 1988 when she starred in TV's "Cristobel," one of the last miniseries written by Dennis Potter before his death. Hurley, 31; grew up in a close knit family with an older sister and younger brother. Until she was 12, the family moved frequently with her father, who was in the Army. Her mother was a schoolteacher. Being uprooted so often took its toll, she thinks. "When I look back on it now, I think if you get up and leave every two years, if you go to a new school every two years, if you have no continuity of friends for two years... I think it does make a difference. It probably makes you sink or swim." Once you meet her, you realize that Hurley is definitely a champion swimmer. After years of study, she renounced ballet when she realized "I was never, going to be very good." In • File photo Elizabeth Hurley, who gained almost as much notoriety when her boyfriend, actor Hugh Grant, was arrested with a prostitute as she has with her modeling career, says her first love always has been acting. 'I spent nine years trying really hard, acting. 1 college she kept working when her she confesses, and envies her older pals were partying. sister's bucolic life. "My friends were going out and having a laugh. And I formed a dance troupe to get my union card. I didn't have, enough money, so we used to go and dance every night in nightclubs. I used to try to make people do it with me. But it v was, 'Oh, no, I'm only 18,1 want to go out and have some fun.' I said, 'OK, that's cool. You do that. But I can't. I've got to do some work/ " She and Grant both feel — because of the rabid media attention England — that they can't go home. She's exhausted from living but of a suitcase, "She's married, has a 2-year-old baby which I watched being born," she sighs. "She's pregnant again. She's a literary agent. She's married. (Her life) is ordinary compared to our lives. But she's so happy. She's so very, very happy. She's not envious of the fact that we have silly tilings in our lives that some people think are great: Concorde flights, free hotels and trunk- loads of clothes. Yeah, of course it's cool. But it doesn't mean anything at the end of the day." All Locke'd up Sandra settles suit BURBANK, Calif. — Clint Eastwood and ex-lover Sondra Locke settled their fight over a film deal she had with Warner Bros. The terms were not disclosed. The settlement came while a jury was deliberating. Locke, 49, had filed a $2-million fraud and contractual-interference suit against Eastwood, claiming he set up a three-film deal to trick the actress-director into dropping her 1989 palimony suit against him. Locke never got to direct a film under the deal. She said she proposed 30 projects and all were rejected. Romp was rigged? Uh, my drink was spiked LONDON — Daniel Ducruet, whose naked romp with Miss Nude Belgium was captured on film, says he has asked Princess Stephanie of Monaco to reconsider her decision to divorce him. Photographs of his August tryst with Fili Houteman were splashed across Europe, sending Stephanie to her lawyer to seek a divorce. Ducruet suggested he may have been set up by Houteman and her boyfriend. 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