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'Barbra Streisand is always a joy to watch'

Google and Yahoo! randomly juxtaposed Beverly Stayart's name with a number of drugs used to treat sexual dysfunction

Cyber culture: The perils of Googling yourself

"Have you ever tried Googling your own name?" asks fictional Tory MP Peter Mannion in an episode of The Thick Of It. "It's like opening the door to a room where everyone tells you how shit you are."

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Barbra Streisand's sheer Arnold Scaasi tunic and trousers became almost transparent under stage lights

Fashion statement: red carpet rules the roost, but real life can intervene

Once the red-carpet season gets underway, we become used to seeing the stars all dolled up, as if that's what they look like when they eat breakfast or pop out to the shops.

Barbra Streisand will sing at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years

Barbra Streisand to sing at the Oscars 36 years after A Star Is Born performance

Barbra Streisand will perform at the 85th annual Academy Awards for the first time in nearly four decades on 24 February.

On the A-list: Bill Clinton with Streisand, who sang for him

A cool $100,000 to dine chez Barbra Streisand

Singer and actress gives $10m of her own money to research into why heart disease kills more American women than all cancers put together

Violetta Villas

The singer Violetta Villas, who has died aged 73, was a coloratura soprano who spurned opera for popular music, a Polish singer who became a caberet star in Las Vegas and who was trapped for years behind the Iron Curtain when she flew home to tend to her dying mother.

George Clooney was one of Barack Obama’s most fervent supporters in the run-up to the 2008 election

No happy ending: the end of Obama's Hollywood romance

Clooney, Hanks, Spielberg – the stars feted him in 2008. Now the President finds his friends out of the picture

Sue Mengers: Hollywood agent with a glittering roster of stars

Sue Mengers represented many of Hollywood's major players, introduced new stars and broke through male-dominated Hollywood, allowing other women to follow both in front of and behind the camera.

Collected Stories, By Isaac Bashevis Singer

IB Singer emigrated from Poland to New York in the mid-1930s, but this fabulous selection of 47 tales shows that – in imagination – the magician of Yiddish fiction never left home.

Marilyn Monroe dress stars in Hollywood sale

The star of the hit film Singin' in the Rain , Debbie Reynolds' is to sell off some of Hollywood's most famous frocks when part of her collection of movie memorabilia goes under the hammer in Beverly Hills today.

Michael Sarrazin: Actor best known for playing opposite Jane Fonda in ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?’

A tall, Canadian actor with distinctively wide, sunken eyes, Michael Sarrazin had a long career as a leading man to such actresses as Jane Fonda and Barbra Streisand without ever attaining superstar status. His off-beat personality and predilection for quirky movies that failed to attract large audiences limited his profile, though he won praise for such portrayals as the intense drifter coerced into a doomed relationship in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), and his outstanding multi-layered portrayal of the monster in an epic television movie Frankenstein: The True Story (1973).

DVD: Meet the Parents: Little Fockers, For retail and rental (Paramount)

The third episode in the Meet the Parents franchise is funnier and less outlandish than the previous one (no battle-bus, no truth serum, not much Dustin and Barbra), but it lacks the universal premise that benefited the first two films.

Meet The Parents: Little Fockers (12A)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman

The Way Back, Peter Weir, 134 mins (12A)<br/> Little Fockers, Paul Weitz, 100 mins (12A)

Distance, hunger, a tale of inspiring endurance... I love the Boxing Day walk

Matthew Norman: Bring back Westminster's Barbra Streisand

The public may not love Mandy, but they respect his intellect, trust his judgment and know him as the last Labour superheavyweight in either House
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