Liz Hurley: Uncovered Hardcover – 22 Apr 2003
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From 'That Dress' to the very public wrangle over the paternity of her baby son, Elizabeth Hurley is now an international star and modern day icon, whose glamorous lifestyle is a source of endless fascination to the public. A skilled self-publicist, she has risen from being seen as arm candy from Basingstoke to being hot property in her own right, and is now a household name on both sides of the Atlantic. The wealthy 38-year-old actress and former Est e Lauder model is now a single mum who continues to run her own film company with ex-partner Hugh Grant. "Liz Hurley Uncovered" charts her extraordinary rise to the top of the show business elite for the first time.
About the Author
Alison Bowyer is a top show business journalist who regularly contributes to numerous national newspapers and magazines. She is the author of several celebrity biographies, including Delia Smith and Graham Norton Laid Bare (Andre Deutsch).
Top Customer Reviews
I read this book just for a bit of light reading, for what it is worth, I might as well read the beano comic. The only conclusion I can make of Liz Hurley, she is very clever when it comes to making hype and publicity, modeling is very much her forte.If Alison Bowyer wants to carry on writing biographies of famous people, then I suggest she writes about people with talent.
It contained nothing new and I can honestly say that I think most of the subject matter has already been in the press.
I would not recommed the book as it has very little substance and is reliant on comments from a few people, mostly from Liz Hurleys youth.
The author, true to her tabloid roots, cannot resist punning chapter headings (e.g., "Hurley Days"). Nor can she resist the temptation to include the occasional mildly salacious or catty remark (though I readily concede that this temptation must have been very great at times!). In general, the biography is not overly friendly to its subject. With the focus squarely on celebrity gossip, Elizabeth's films are not covered in any detail. Perhaps this is understandable. Despite her aspirations, Ms Hurley does not come across as a serious actress. Rather she appears to be a professional beauty in the time-honoured Lily Langtry tradition. Such a career is not inherently dishonourable. To succeed in it requires cleverness and dedication. Yet there is inevitably something tawdry about it.
One specific criticism of the book: the pictures are rather disappointing. This is ironic, given that Elizabeth's fame rests largely on her good looks. There are eight pages of colour illustrations, but the chief criterion of selection would appear to have been cheapness. (And, of course, despite the titillating title, Liz keeps her clothes on in all of them!)