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

The famous deny Andy 15 minutes of their time

By the standards of the New York parties he adored, and the celebrity rating of visitors to the Factory, his aluminium foil-covered studio on East 47th Street, the occasion was a mite low key: just 1,100 black-tie guests gathered under a white marquee, each of them given a black plastic watch and told, 'This is Your 15 Minutes of Fame'. Somehow though, almost everyone agreed, Andy would have loved it.

How much does he earn?: No 27: Michael Terence Aspel

Salary: Reputedly the highest paid presenter in British television.

BOOK REVIEW / Break up with Jon and Libby Hughes: Let's get divorced] - Jonathan and Libby Hughes: Ebury, pounds 9.99

THE self-help market is crowded, to say the least. These days you only have to flick through a few paperbacks and bingo - you can be an instant millionaire and still have time for scrabble; or you can lose a couple of stone without getting out of bed; or you too - yes, you] - can learn how to enjoy unrivalled sex in a capsized dinghy without triggering the inflator-nozzle on your lifejacket. Ever since Dale Carnegie declared that the whole point of having friends was to influence them, the how-to genre has boomed. But there are still too many taboo subjects (try asking people how much they earn), so it is good to see someone having a serious look at the huge, vexed area of divorce.

Marketing: When the sweet scent of fame turns sour: Celebrity endorsement offers one of the fastest ways to establish a brand, but the approach can backfire if the star falls from grace

THE FRAGRANCE Legend de Michael Jackson has been a marketing flop. Since the allegations over the star's sexual proclivities, consumers have not rushed to buy the product, which is embellished with a hologram of the man himself.

POP / I was expecting a call from Liz Taylor: Correction

Before Holly Johnson parted company with MCA records, he recorded three solo albums and not one album as stated yesterday. Our apologies

SHOW PEOPLE / A heart and soul sister: ANNIE ROSS

IT'S A story that would be hard to believe even in a novel by some latter-day Henry Fielding. Annabelle Lynch, sister to the Scottish comedian Jimmy Logan, is left as a child in the care of an American aunt by her vaudevillean parents. She grows up in a household where Duke Ellington is likely to call in for tea, goes to school with Elizabeth Taylor, plays Judy Garland's daughter in a film, and eventually becomes a famous jazz singer and friend of Billie Holiday. After many further adventures, including having a son by the bebop drummer Kenny Clarke and running the archetypal Swinging London nightclub, Annie's Room in Covent Garden, she becomes a Hollywood star in her sixties and returns to England once again in triumph.

BOOK REVIEW / Accidental dearth of a talent: 'Joseph Losey: A Revenge on Life' - David Caute: Faber, 20 pounds

IT IS only three years since Edith de Rham's biography of Joseph Losey appeared, yet here comes another, packed to the gunwales with more detail on the life and work than we need or could possibly want.

Star Jackson vanishes in the Luton triangle

MICHAEL JACKSON was at the centre of a classic showbiz mystery last night after he admitted being addicted to painkillers and called off his world tour. Following a midnight flight across the Atlantic with his friend Elizabeth Taylor, the entertainer disappeared after his privately chartered jet landed at Luton airport.

Out of Switzerland: Grave reminder of a late-night scoop

CELIGNY - I went to visit Richard Burton's grave the other day. I always do when in this Swiss village where he passed much of the latter half of his 58 years. With its simple, uncarved stone, his name but no epitaph, on a damp, sunless slope above a gurgling brook, it is a dark but serene spot. Burton liked to linger here during his lifetime, a place that reminded him of his native Wales.

Nelson Mandela goes to Hollywood, and fame meets fame meets fame

Nelson Mandela at a private meeting with Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood yesterday. The ANC leader, who is visiting the United States to raise funds for his party, also played host at a star-studded dinner before visiting a poor district of central Los Angeles

Curse of Hello] strikes as editor says goodbye

IN THE true fashion of Hello] magazine, the editor called the separation 'very amicable'. But no sooner had the latest issue of the best-selling celebrity bible hit news-stands than it emerged that Maggie Goodman and Maggie Koumi, its founding editors, were no longer to share the editorship.

BOOK REVIEW / Lost world of Southern comforts: The Oracle at Stoneleigh Court - Peter Taylor: Chatto, pounds 14.99

PETER TAYLOR is from Tennessee, and has been paying attention to it, one way and another, for almost 80 years. He is a master of the Memphis scene of the Thirties, and of the modern short story; his work is little known in Britain - where he is apt to be spoken of as a friend of the poet Robert Lowell - and is less than prominent, despite honours and awards, in America itself. His stories hark back to the Civil War South, and proceed towards the deluge of the Second World War, which enlists the sensitive young man who tends to narrate them, a young man fond of words and play and girls, and prone to acknowledgements of a genteel weakness. Many of Taylor's Southerners think of themselves as 'the special urban remnants of an old gentry out of another time'.

Obituary: Joseph Mankiewicz

By DAVID SHIPMAN

'Thanks . . . I'll see you in hell': He was a beggar with HIV. He wanted 20p. He met Andrew Brown beneath a railway bridge in London

THE OTHER night, under the Westway, a beggar asked me for money because he had HIV. It was the first time that has happened to me in London. We were in what is a gloomy place at the best of times: the eastern side of Ladbroke Grove, where older winos huddle at the foot of a wall covered in advertisements between the two bridges that support a motorway and a tube line. On the west side, under the bridge, the young crusties hang out round the public lavatory housed in a Portakabin.

City properties to lose bomb cover

THE Corporation of London, the local government authority that owns close to a third of City property, was told yesterday by Sun Alliance, its principal insurer, that it will not be able to renew its insurance against terrorist attacks.
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