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Apr 1, 2011

Ladies of the 90s Tournament - Round 1: Charlize Theron (3) vs. Elizabeth Hurley (6) - for real this time!

Previous results: Former Bond girl Janssen tried to put up a fight, but it wasn't much of one, as Salma Hayek squeezed the life out of her with her little legs of steel, winning 23-8. Click here to view the updated full bracket.

Charlize Theron

Comments: It's funny - when it was released, 2 Days in the Valley was seen as little more than a quick Tarantino knock-off capitalizing on the success of Pulp Fiction. Some 15 years later...well, it's probably still seen that way, but damned if it didn't shoot Ms. Theron out of a cannon from obscurity to fame. Like many of the Ladies we've seen, she was a former model, but she had all of one credit prior to 2 Days, and for that role she wasn't even technically credited (Children of the Corn III). But after 2 Days, her career bloomed with record speed, as she went from eye candy to leading lady within three years.
90s Highlights: 2 Days in the Valley, The Devil's Advocate, The Cider House Rules

Elizabeth Hurley

Comments: On the other side of the spectrum, Liz Hurley had been acting for several years before her first breakout role in 1992's Passenger 57, and it wasn't for another five years before she became an international star in, appropriately, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Of course, she was known (at least to North American audiences) as Hugh Grant's girlfriend before she was known as anything else, and ever since Austin Powers, it seems she's been more famous for who she's dating or what she's doing outside of the film world than for any work done inside it. Not that I'm complaining.
90s Highlights: Austin Powers, Passenger 57, EdTV, Austim Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

9 people have chosen wisely: on "Ladies of the 90s Tournament - Round 1: Charlize Theron (3) vs. Elizabeth Hurley (6) - for real this time!"

French Toast Sunday said...

This was majorly hard to decide on. Both are ridiculously hot but I ended up going with Hurley because I like brunettes. I still would partially regret my decision either way.

Fletch said...

@ FTS - I thought this would be difficult, but in the end, it wasn't for me. She may not have the resume of Charlize, but as it turns out, I find Hurley to be exponentially better looking. Charlize can look good, but I think that upon closer inspection, she's far less glamorous. And she wasn't exactly the heavyweight in the 90s that she is now. Also doesn't help (for these purposes) that she's de-emphasized her looks so much in the last decade. That might help her career, but not here.

Nick said...

Hurley for Austin Powers alone.

Fitz said...

Went with Hurley. Brunette and English accent was too much for Theron to trump.

Joseph B. said...

Theron by a long shot for me, if only for her spandex cat fight scene with (yum) Teri Hatcher in "2Days In the Valley" AND her incredibly funny role on "Arrested Development"

Tom Clift said...

I like how, unlike in the 80s bracket, I actually recognize these women

Nick said...

lol, Tom... I said almost the exact same thing (words, even) a couple posts back.

Fletch said...

@ Nick, Fitz - Yep, same here. I'm a bit shocked that Hurley was more famous 10 years ago. She never looks bad.

@ Joseph - Good callback on the AD role. That shit was funny. Misssster F! And her 2 Days intro to the world was indeed spectacular.

@ Tom, Nick - Stop being so young! Problem solved. :)

CS said...

Shocked by the results of this one! It was a tough choice but thought Theron would slip by based on 2 Days in the Valley and The Devil's Advocate. I guess Hurley was the bigger sex symbol in that decade.