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Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 05:17 GMT 06:17 UK


Hurley steals Hugh's limelight

Liz Hurley's dress dazzled cinema fans

Simon Phillips reports: This is an unlikely story about how an Englishman becomes involved with the mob
Liz Hurley's dress stole the limelight again as she accompanied boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of his new movie Mickey Blue Eyes.

The actress, who produced the film rather than starred in it, flaunted a plunging designer number covered with hundreds of tiny mirrors.

[ image: The couple fought 'like cats' during the making of the film]
The couple fought 'like cats' during the making of the film
Speaking at the screening in London's Leicester Square, the glamorous star said: "It doesn't take me long to get ready, but it takes Hugh ages.

"He has a lot of shirts to choose from but they all look the same."

Hurley's dresses have been show stoppers at many of Grant's past premieres including the opening of Four Weddings And A Funeral where she wore the Versace safety-pin creation and the Notting Hill event at which she upstaged the star Julia Roberts.

Passion for Versace

On Wednesday night she chose Versace again with a backless floor-length split dress made of gold mesh which was sheer around the legs.

On it was sewn a myriad of mirrors which jangled as she walked, as well as a mosaic of tiny pink squares.

She said of her passion for Versace: "Donatella is a friend of mine and she sends them to me from time to time.

"I wear jeans 365 days a year and it's quite nice to get out of them occasionally."

It is the first time that Hurley has produced one of her boyfriend's movies and Grant said it was a "surprisingly good" experience.

But he added: "We fight as you would with any girlfriend that's working with you, like cats. But it's also quite soothing if you're a neurotic actor like I am when there's someone who knows your foibles."

Mobster role

In the film he plays an English auctioneer who falls in love with a woman, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, whose father is tied up with the mafia.

Gradually Grant is drawn into the mob's world.

He said: "I've always been obsessed with the mob. I've always wanted to be in a mob film, and no one asked me, but now I am."

Tripplehorn was also at the event in a stunning outfit, this time with a black floor-length sleeveless dress with a sheer top and a dark band.

Other guests at the screening included Oasis star Liam Gallagher and his pregnant wife Patsy Kensit, for whose child Hurley is to be godmother.

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