“I’m afraid I haven’t done very many sensible things,” said a laughing Elizabeth Hurley at the Los Angeles premiere of “Sense and Sensibility” — although she was wearing a very sensible black Calvin Klein dress. Perhaps Hurley was referring to her boyfriend and the film’s co-star, Hugh Grant, whose arm she arrived on.
“Working with Emma Thompson was just a horrible torture: She knew every word of the screenplay!” Grant said of the film’s star and writer, who spent years adapting Jane Austen’s novel into script form. Thompson — in a crushed lilac velvet suit she said she picked up on Beauchamp Place — arrived alone; so did co-star Greg Wise, whom Emma has reportedly been seeing since her split with husband Kenneth Branagh.
“The most sensible thing I’ve done recently is sign with The United Talent Agency,” said a pensive Elizabeth Berkley, as former CAA agents lurked around. Insensitive Uma Thurman was booed by the press when she breezed by without stopping for anyone — not even her date, who was left alone on the red carpet.
After the screening, a small dinner was given by the Los Angeles Children’s Museum at the Bistro Gardens restaurant in Beverly Hills. As Grant made his way to the dinner, a flirtatious journalist asked if he was glad all the Divine Brown commotion was behind him, “Well, I am certainly glad you are behind me,” he said — and kept going.