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Elton John still standing tall after 50 fantastic years

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Moll nominated for best actress in Baftas

Alex Kingston, who starred in ITV's raunchy adaptation of Moll Flanders (right), was last night shortlisted as best actress in nominations for the 1997 Bafta awards - known as the "British Oscars". She will face stiff competition from Gina McKee, whose performance in the BBC's acclaimed Our Friends in the North was among seven nominations for the pounds 3.5m series.

Elton marks half a century by joining classical greats

The Royal Academy of Music, more usually associated with the sounds of classical maestros, has extended honorary membership to Elton John, to mark his 50th birthday. Once known as much for his wild lifestyle as his music, the flamboyant singer-songwriter joins a growing list of modern musicians to be honoured by the academy.
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