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Lauren Hutton in Motorcycle Crash

October 22, 2000

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Actress and model Lauren Hutton was hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after a motorcycle crash during a group ride with other celebrities in southern Nevada.

Hutton, 55, was being treated for multiple leg fractures, scrapes and bruises, said University Medical Center spokesman Dale Pugh.

She was injured when her motorcycle ran off the roadway and crashed near Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Saturday. The National Park Service said she had been wearing a helmet and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

The 100-mile ride, which included actors Dennis Hopper and Jeremy Irons, was held in conjunction with Friday’s announcement of plans by the Hermitage-Guggenheim Museum to open next year with masterpieces from both collections at The Venetian resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

The inaugural exhibition will be ``The Art of the Motorcycle″ that opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1998. The Guggenheim Motorcycle Club, to which Hutton belongs, was born out of the success of the exhibit.

Guggenheim Foundation Director Thomas Krens said a medical team accompanied Saturday’s ride and treated Hutton before she was flown to the hospital.

Before the ride, Hutton told the Las Vegas Review-Journal she was riding motorcycles before she bought her first car.

``I love the feeling of being a naked egg atop that throbbing steel,″ she said. ``You feel vulnerable but so alive.″

Hutton, known for the signature gap between her front teeth, was considered one of the first supermodels after she appeared on the cover of Vogue a record 25 times in the 1960s and 1970s.

Since she began acting in 1968, she has appeared in more than 50 films, including ``American Gigolo″ in 1978 and ``Lassiter″ in 1984.

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