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He had no friends - only acolytes and sycophants.

John Baxter, biographer, on

Federico Fellini, film-maker

(1920-93), Daily Telegraph

I came to love him like a son. I was proud to watch him grow into a man of such talent, integrity and compassion.

Harrison Ford on fellow actor

River Phoenix (1971-93)

River was someone we could relate to. He was environmentally aware and a vegetarian.

Harriet Robbins, a deputy

head of house at Benenden

School, Daily Telegraph

The single most worthwhile thing done in my life . . . was to admit that I had a problem with food, drugs and alcohol.

Elton John, singer

In Spain writers are pushed to participate in so many things. In London they are considered much less important. It's great.

Mario Vargas Llosa, novelist

and playright, Independent

We're doing this project together called life.

Cindy Crawford, model and aspiring actress, asked if she would be working with husband Richard Gere, Sunday Times