News Colin Farrell has revealed that he enjoyed an unusually close relationship late actress Elizabeth Taylor before she passed away in 2011 aged 79

The actor, 37, claimed he enjoyed an unusual relationship Hollywood icon, who was 40 years his senior

Elizabeth Taylor to stay in hospital

Dame Elizabeth Taylor is set to stay in hospital for the next few days.

Virginia Ironside: Renewed love affairs are fragile unless the couple commit fully to the relationship

Liz Taylor and Richard Burton had a miserable time, see-sawing back and forth before splitting up completely

Philip Hensher: Christmas puts us all on a stage. Is that why we've come to dread it?

Somewhere in one of Elizabeth Taylor's novels, a character makes the cardinal error of alluding, casually, to Christmas in the middle of November. "Oh, don't," her friend responds with, Taylor says, "all the English dread Christmas".

The Wedding Group, By Elizabeth Taylor

As a Home Counties housewife married to a chocolate manufacturer, the novelist Elizabeth Taylor was never taken as seriously in her lifetime as near- contemporaries, Olivia Manning and Rose Macaulay.

Eddie Fisher: Singer and actor whose career was overshadowed by his marriages and divorces

Eddie Fisher was a major figure in American entertainment for 20 years from the late 1940s, with a string of hit songs and albums, two television series, headlining stage shows and a few films. However, he never really recovered from the scandal of his first divorce.

US singer Eddie Fisher dies aged 82

Singer Eddie Fisher, a teen idol in the 1950s who sparked an international scandal when he left his wife Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor, has died at the age of 82.

Julie Burchill: They had Elizabeth Taylor. We've got Gwyneth. This is the age of the phoney

There's been quite a bit of chatter about who should play Elizabeth Taylor in the proposed biopic, and it got me thinking about how very phoney modern actors are, compared with the old breed. You'd think when they abandoned the studio system, the Phoney Quotient would have gone down – now people weren't being forced to change their names and hide their sexual preferences, surely a new sincerity would sweep the bazaars of Thespus?

... and God created Angelina

She's become the world's number-one female celebrity – and it will take more than a scandalous new biography to bring the divine Miss Jolie down, writes Liz Hoggard

Editor-At-Large: The media have turned a tragedy into a spectacle

The killings in Cumbria resulted in a tidal wave of voyeurism fuelled by modern media driven to fill airtime. Is there a criminologist, forensic or investigative psychologist in the UK who hasn't penned a few thoughts in the press or offered their snap reaction?

Richard Stapley: Film and television actor who starred alongside Elizabeth Taylor in 'Little Women'

Richard Stapley belonged to a generation of movie actors who plied their trade during the halcyon days of Hollywood – when stars were great and dalliances were discreet. Although predominantly an actor, he had polymath qualities ranging from writer and motorcycle racer to courier.

Amy Jenkins: School lottery system is the way forward

Where I live in west London it's almost as if there's segregation in the state school system. When it comes to primary schools, there are two kinds. There are those that are "Ofsted outstanding", as they say in the trade – oversubscribed and largely middle-class. Then there are those that aren't. Mostly these are excellent schools – I know because my husband is a governor at one – but they wrestle with the difficulties that come with having a 60 per cent intake of children with English as an additional language and over half of children eligible for free school meals.

Ninth time lucky? Liz Taylor ready to marry again

She once described herself as "a very committed wife," wryly adding: "I ought to be committed, too, for being married so many times."

Life vs Art: does making a film about a marriage affect your relationship?

Her experience on the set of 'Revolutionary Road' has been blamed for the end of Kate Winslet's marriage. But can the production process really make or break a relationship? Geoffrey Macnab investigates

Elizabeth Taylor to undergo heart surgery

The actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor is to be admitted to hospital to undergo an operation to repair a leaky heart valve.

Sarah Sands: Death in Hollywood: Cleopatra hunched in a wheelchair

It is both shocking and poig-nantly apt that Dame Elizabeth Taylor was kept waiting for nearly two hours among empty chairs for Michael Jackson's funeral to begin. It is shocking because she is one of the last links with old Hollywood.

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