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|Austin Powers series character|
Elizabeth Hurley as Vanessa Kensington
|First appearance||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)|
|Last appearance||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)|
|Created by||Mike Myers|
|Portrayed by||Elizabeth Hurley|
|Occupation||British agent |
Dr. Evil's henchwoman (in secret)
|Relatives||Louis Kensington (father)|
Marie Kensington (mother)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Vanessa Kensington was the daughter of Marie Kensington, Austin's partner from the 1960s. Born on 10 June 1970, she was among the secret agents that welcomed the thawed Austin Powers to the 1990s. She was initially disgusted by Austin's politically incorrect, womanizing attitude, but soon warms to his good nature and falls in love with him. At the end of the film, she and Austin marry and are shown in their honeymoon suite.
Her weapon of choice is a Desert Eagle.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
In the second Austin Powers film, Kensington is quickly revealed as a fembot. This is first realized by Austin when she malfunctions under the influence of a television remote control. Seemingly under the control of Dr. Evil, she self-destructs shortly afterward. Austin briefly grieves, but quickly gets over it, enjoying his freedom and taking up with Felicity Shagwell. Vanessa's replacement with Felicity is parodying James Bond films when the previous Bond Girl is never mentioned in the next film.
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Elizabeth Hurley was to reprise as Vanessa but she declined due to scheduling conflicts.
- Halberstam, Judith (2001). "OH BEHAVE!: Austin Powers and the Drag Kings". GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Duke University Press: 425–452.
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