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Pensioners ape 'Rocky', 'Titanic', 'Bond' and more

Why do I hate her so?

An Audrey Hepburn retrospective at the NFT leads Charlotte O'Sullivan to lament the winsome spell she casts over young starlets

Then again there are people who will watch anything and miss nothing. On 77 channels.

Paul Morley is proud to be one of them

FASHION PROBLEMS: DEAR ANNIE...

Why are dry-cleaners so rude? I'm sick of dealing with them. They expect me to be happy with clothes that have obviously just been ironed, not cleaned, and are generally really rude. I dread going to such places.

Before the week is out ...: Read this

NOEL COWARD'S social life in Jamaica reads like a special issue of Hello! - he welcomed the likes of the Royal Family, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers and Audrey Hepburn into his island home, Firefly. All the glamour of the celebrity lifestyle is captured in a new book with previously unpublished pictures of Coward with his friends and contributions from those who knew him. Starting in 1948, it covers the least-known years of Coward's life.

Theatre: Simply cinematic

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Hepburn the waif matches up to Monroe

AUDREY HEPBURN, the waif-like actress who captured a thousand hearts, is challenging the iconic Marilyn Monroe as one of the most collectable stars of the century.

Film: The Big Picture - LA conversational

PLAYING BY HEART (15) DIRECTOR: WILLARD CARROLL STARRING: SEAN CONNERY, GENA ROWLANDS, GILLIAN ANDERSON, JON STEWART, DENNIS QUAID. 119 MINUTES

How We Met: Michelle Collins & Aldo Zilli

Michelle Collins, 36, was born in Islington. After studying drama at Kingsway Princeton College, she became a backing vocalist for singer Mari Wilson. Michelle is best known for playing bad girl Cindy Beale in 'EastEnders'. Michelle lives in north London, with her daughter Maia Rose, three. She is filming a second series of 'Real Women' for the BBC

Peter York on Ads No 273: Canderel: They rob the Fifties in such sweet style

Advertisers have robbed the Fifties blind. The low Fifties, that is: primeval youth culture; the golden years of rock and roll; every kind of kitsch Americana and every kind of old newsreel from Mr Cholmondley- Warner's cod Public Education films to Deep South front porch life. But they haven't, until now, really tapped the Golden Age High Fifties, the world of American photographers and movie-makers who took the best of everything for their settings in the search for elegance. I'm thinking Richard Avedon, Suzi Parker, Babe Paley, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. And I'm thinking about the advertising that evoked that world for American glossy magazines. Those models, impossibly tall, hatted, gloved and pearled who presented new miracle fibres from Du Pont and new appliances from Westinghouse by twisting themselves into weird attenuated positions, one leg behind the other, one long-gloved arm outstretched in amazement like very posh magicians' assistants.

Film: The second time around

If you could re-make a classic romantic comedy, which would you choose and who would play the lead roles? Charlotte O'Sullivan invites six film critics to play fantasy film-making

Books: Inspirations - Novelist Joseph O'Connor

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Shopping: Check It Out - Les Senteurs perfumery course

IT IS generally well-known that Audrey Hepburn enjoyed a splash of L' Interdit by Givenchy, and that Gloria Swanson would spritz herself with Narcisse Noire by Caron, but less well-known is that Rebecca Thompson of Battersea wears Habanita by Molinard or that Susan Murch of Glasgow has a penchant for Poison.
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