Estee Lauder Cos., New York, reportedly is seeking to replace longtime spokeswoman Elizabeth Hurley with Oscar-winning actress Gwynneth Paltrow. A spokesman said Lauder wouldn't comment on rumors, but industry insiders had forecast since last summer that Lauder would end its association with Ms. Hurley when her contract ends next year. Lauder executives were said to object to her increasingly risque public image. Ms. Hurley still is under fire from the Screen Actors Guild for shooting a Lauder ad during the recent strike.
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