Arts and Entertainment Nicola Benedetti: 'Barbra Streisand is always a joy to watch'

'Barbra Streisand is always a joy to watch'

The White House love-in

The Clintons embraced Blair's squeaky clean image with relish. But the Prime Minister knows that one day he too will need to call on his special friend

Film: Dillying with the Dalai

Seven Years in Tibet (PG)

Pop Albums: New releases

Various Artists

AN ACTOR'S LIFE - FOR A PLOT

Actors may seem to be natural subjects for stage or film biographies, but only if their lives are colourful and/or tragic. At least, in the case of musicians and singers, film and stage can illustrate the work and exploit its popularity. In the theatre, Jean-Paul Sartre gave his own slant to Edmund Kean; George S Kaufman and Edna Ferber portrayed the Barrymores as The Royal Family, in their 1927 comedy; and Arthur Miller wrote about his marriage to Monroe in After the Fall. There was also the musical Judy, about Judy Garland.

Clinton cloned: a dastardly deed that duped the world

Never mind Dolly the sheep. The President and his alchemist Dick Morris got there first. John Carlin unpicks the evidence

Clinton's non-paying guests

As the scandal over dubious campaign contributions darkened around him, President Clinton last night released a list of 938 guests who had stayed overnight in the White House's prestigious Lincoln Bedroom, but insisted that they had never been asked for donations to the party to pay for the privilege.

Lauren Bacall has finally won an award - for playing Barbra Streisand's mum

Lauren Bacall, still as elegant and brittle as ever in her mid- seventies (she was born in 1924), won her first Golden Globe - indeed, her first major film award ever - on Sunday, but you can't help suspecting that she probably wishes she hadn't. For once, it is not The Driving Miss Daisy syndrome that rankles - the strange tendency to laden elderly, previously unsung actresses with Oscars a year or two before they die. In this case, it is the very name of the prize that seems disrespectful.

The IRA: a commercial break

Terry George's beatification of IRA hunger strikers is rightly overshadowed by a late offering from Michelangelo Antonioni

Stellar eclipse

FILM; The Mirror Has Two Faces Barbra Streisand (15) By Adam Mars-Jones

`I will not stare at beautiful women and wish I was a lesbian'

John Lyttle's New Year resolutions

AMERICAN ELECTION: Bill brings consensus and wistful air to his Big Night party

The streets rocked with myriad cheering lungs, the fat lady sang - actually it was Jessye Norman leading all of us in a humming rendition of "Amazing Grace" - and President Clinton strode on to the stage before Little Rock's illuminated Old State House to thank friends and voters.

Feeling glum? You've been Cured

ROCK

let your fingers do the talking

FORGET tasteful French manicures or last year's short, dark Dietrichesque Vampish nails. Nail art, once a disastrous Seventies disco fad, is back, with the hippest nails sporting everything from tacky gold transfers to feathers, rhinestones, even chains. Formerly confined to the trashiest of trailer trash, nail art is now being sported by a new generation of Seventies revivalists. "Recently it's all the rage with clubbers and party girls ," says Pansy Alexander, 42, owner of the salon Nails to Go.

Theatre: Spotlight

If you missed Kevin Elyot's My Night with Reg or Arthur Miller's Broken Glass worry not. Both plays have been filmed and will be screened as part of BBC2's

THEATRE Jolson, Victoria Palace Theatre, London

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