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I was just a small part of the Harry Potter franchise When I got the audition to play Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince six years ago, I'd only done a few ads before, including one for Veet hair-removal cream. Winning the part felt like winning the Lottery.

Prisoners, politicians and players do it

The art of writing love letters may not be dead, but it might be in need of a spin-doctor. Free association brings the words "stalker" and "sleaze" to mind. It also invokes such high-profile correspondents as MP Jerry Hayes (who favoured House of Commons notepaper for his missives to the doe-eyed boy researcher Paul Stone) and Darius Guppy, the high- class convict who carried on a besotted daily correspondence with his wife, Patricia, while banged up for fraud.

let's get it straight: curls are history...

...skinny hair's in. Michele Kirsch untangles a trend for hair straightening

Teenagers from hell

Dark deeds done because, like, you know, nobody understands me, OK? `The Craft' is a teen movie from heaven

Court jester's break point

close-up; Andre Agassi; The great showman searches for a purpose as a turbulent year comes to an undignified end. Simon O'Hagan reports

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? NO 10: BROOKE SHIELDS

Main Claim: Unearthly infantile beauty with a soft porn patina. Brooke Shields was the ultimate symbol of American hypocrisy - soft porn starlet and born again virgin, exploited and guarded by her puritanical Rottweiler of a mother. Baby Brooke modelled in ads. Pre-pubescent Brooke was photographed in a bath in nothing on but her make-up. She has been amazingly famous for amazingly little ever since.

Agassi is intent on revenge

Tennis

Fame: who needs it?

Bill and Ted launched Keanu Reeves on a fast track to superstardom, leaving his co-star Alex Winter in the starting gate. Not that he's bothered

The singular joy of a doubles life

Bud Collins explains how riches await the unsung masters of a neglected art

Agassi gets into grunge gear for $100m TENNIS

While some people have the knack of looking a million dollars without spending a fortune, Andre Agassi has signed a contract reportedly worth $100m (£65m) over 10 years to be a designer tramp.

The white-trash element WOODY HARRELSON : SHOW PEOPLE

THERE comes a tide in the affairs of actors which . . . means they can't keep their private lives out of the press any longer. While Woody Harrelson was "into light comedy" - like Cheers - he could shame some of the journalists, some of the time, out of asking about his father's imprisonment for murder: "That's certainly the sensationalist way to go". But it's not going to work when the film you are publicising is called Natural Born Killers, and your director insists on discussing violence as a hereditary characteristic.

Dear Michael Jackson: The reclusive singer is reported to have wed the daughter of Elvis Presley. But is this really a pop marriage made in heaven?

How could you? Knowing how many of us were saving ourselves for you, how could you go off and marry that Presley girl?

Toy fanatic jailed for pounds 12m fraud: Businessman who won Queen's Award for Industry 'created fantasy world in which he was an international wheeler-dealer'. James Cusick reports

A BUSINESSMAN with an irrational passion for toys that led him to fake a jet-set lifestyle and defraud banks out of pounds 12m, was jailed for four years yesterday.

Fashion: In the driving seat of the American Dream: A Ford model used to be a way of getting from A to B. Now it's a byword for creating images and making millions, says Marion Hume

MENTION the name 'Ford' to an American schoolgirl and she is just as likely to think in terms of models (fashion models, that is) as cars. Ford, Eileen not Henry, started a model agency in 1946 and she now enjoys a place alongside that other Ford for her contribution to the American dream.

Retail Therapy: Plucked, tweezed, waxed or raised in horror?

THE latest look from the catwalk is bad news for women with Brooke Shields-type eyebrows. Fashion dictates that fine arches and practically non-existent eyebrows are the new style, marking the return of the eyebrow pencil and the dreaded tweezers.

TELEVISION / Soft soap Oprah

'Do not judge a person unless you have talked to them one on one.' Michael Jackson's injunction, delivered in the course of his conversation with Oprah Winfrey (BBC 2) gave the casual watcher some problems. If you were watching this, his first television interview for 14 years, did that count as a proxy one on one? Could we take these overheard remarks as being in some way revelatory? Or do you have to pitch up at the Santa Ynez ranch in person before it is legitimate to pass comment? As the conditions of entry are a little restrictive (you have to be Elizabeth Taylor, a llama, Brooke Shields, a top-rating talk show host or a child suffering from cancer), most will have settled for adjusting their prejudices on the basis of this 90-minute special, perhaps the longest piece of spin- doctoring in the history of modern broadcasting.
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