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

Theatre: Still playing children's games

THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY ALMEIDA LONDON

Gone for a Burton in Puerto Vallarta

Once home to Hollywood's most famous couple, Casa Kimberley hasn't changed since `The Night of the Iguana'. Simon Calder contemplates the Taylor/Burton taste in interiors

Let's hear it for Britain's un-British star

Is there any stopping Minnie Driver? John Lyttle charts the career of a formidable alternative to the English Lady

Obituary: Big Daddy

Shirley Crabtree ("Big Daddy"), wrestler: born Halifax, West Yorkshire 1937; twice married (six children); died Halifax 2 December 1997.

Smaller Companies: Utilitec on way back

Utilitec has had more name changes than Elizabeth Taylor has had husbands. Well, that's an exaggeration, but not by much. The company is now on its fourth name, having started life as the British Kidney Patient Association Investment Trust way back in 1982.

Let's get serious and fall in love

This is no fling, says Di's new flame, Dodi Fayed. But how can he know? How can any of us? There are ways to spot the Big One, says Hester Lacey

Letter: Dyeing for a new hairdo

Sir: No great surprise that Elizabeth Taylor is not dyeing her hair after an operation to remove a brain tumour (Tabloid; "Grey matter: how Liz grew up", 31 July).

Now arriving at gate ...

Elizabeth Taylor once starred in a film about Heathrow VIPs' lounge. The casting was perfect, for her dramatic arrivals and departures, husbands in tow, belong to the movie of her own life.

Border bloom

Less business than labour of love, Elizabeth Taylor's Powys nursery is a treasure trove of unusual plants, writes Anna Pavord

Obituary: Sydney Guilaroff

Widely regarded as the greatest hairdresser in the history of the movies, Sydney Guilaroff created the hairstyles for many of the most important stars, spending most of his career at the most glamorous of studios, MGM.

Style police: Cred men don't wear plaid

Kilts went from risque to passe without ever being cool, despite Gaultier's efforts. James Sherwood reports

Motoring: David Cronenberg, director of the controversial film `Crash', talks about his enthusiasm for cars and racing

I've just finished a script. It's called Red Cars. I don't know whether it will be my next movie or not. It's about the Formula One Championship of 1961, which was won by Phil Hill, the first American to win the championship. He won it for Ferrari when his team-mate Wolfgang von Tripps was killed at Monza. It's really about creative dynasties, about fathers and sons, and it's about car racing. Enzo Ferrari is a major figure in the script. So it's quite a different thing from my movie Crash. It would be interesting to play them on a double bill. They're almost like two sides of a coin.

Full of eastern promises

Colette Harris tries an exotic new tonic: Amla 49

The last star in the firmament

Untoppable, unstoppable, uncloneable, unforgettable, Elizabeth Taylor is 65 today. By Emma Forrest

Elizabeth Taylor takes a rest after tumour surgery

Doctors expect Elizabeth Taylor to fully recover after an operation that removed a 2-inch tumour from her brain.
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