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Carmen Zapata was an Emmy-nominated actress who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce. "She was an inspiration for me," said Luis Vela of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her film credits included Sister Act.

When it's time to say goodbye to your hero

Killing off the main character in a hit TV series is risky. But Game of Thrones seems to have survived, says Sarah Hughes

Peter Falk: Actor famous for playing scruffy TV detective Columbo, a role for which he won four Emmys

Sporting his own old raincoat, bought for £15 in 1967 when he was caught in a shower in New York, chomping on a cigar and driving around in a battered 1959 Peugeot 403, Peter Falk turned Columbo, of the Los Angeles Police Department's homicide bureau, into one of television's most enduring detectives – and certainly the shabbiest.

Right-to-die campaigning doctor is dead at 83

Jack Kevorkian, the controversial pathologist who campaigned for the right to die and earned the nickname "Dr Death" for helping dozens of terminally-ill patients commit suicide, has died after a short but severe illness. He was 83.

Leading article: The trying game

You would think that Roger Ebert churned out enough words in the course of his professional life without the need to add more on the side. After all, the Pulitzer-prize winning film critic writes movie reviews that are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers worldwide every week. Then there are his 15 books and his Emmy-nominated TV programmes. And yet most weeks since the New Yorker magazine launched a regular cartoon caption contest some years back, Mr Ebert has diligently penned an unpaid offering and sent it in. Without success. Until now. Last week his 107th effort was chosen by America's venerated weekly magazine as its winner.

Caught in the Net: Emmy's funding makes the Great

For a while now bands have been cutting out the middle-man to use fan investment to finance their music through sites such as pledgemusic.com and kickstarter.com. A recent example is indie-folk artist Emmy the Great, who started raising funds for her second album a few months ago at pledgemusic.com/emmythe great.

Lamont Johnson: Emmy-winning film and television director

An actor who turned director, Lamont Johnson won a reputation in the early 1970s for his finely nuanced, perceptive direction of some interesting projects.

Brits triumph with five International Emmys

Britain's TV talent enjoyed a triumphant night at the International Emmys, walking off with half the main awards.



'Fiddler on the Roof' composer dies

Jerry Bock, who composed the music to some of the most memorable shows in Broadway history, including the melodies for Fiorello! and Fiddler on the Roof, has died. He was 81.

Dylan Jones: 'Robert Duvall is similar to Clint Eastwood in as much as he isn’t afraid to speak his mind'

Lonesome Dove is the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning Western novel written by Larry McMurtry. It is an epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call run into many problems on the way, and the journey ends with numerous casualties. Four years later it was made into a four-part TV mini-series, which won seven Emmy Awards and was nominated for 12 others. And what a wonderful thing it is.

Documentary shines light on Bruce Springsteen's relationship with E Street band

A new documentary, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story provides an insight into the working methods of Bruce Springsteen, and his relationship with E Street band members. Made by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning film-maker Thom Zimny, it features candid interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members and the singer's manager, record producer Jon Landau.

Terence Blacker: Misplaced smugness at the BBC

Where the BBC now excels is in taking a rock-solid, established idea and giving it a sophisticated modern spin

John Edwards story to get 'West Wing' treatment

With his estranged wife hitting the chat-show circuit, his middle-aged mistress posing in her scanties for men's magazines, and a federal court considering whether to charge him with using political donations to cover up the existence of a love child, John Edwards awoke yesterday to news that he faces yet another round of very public humiliation.

19 nominations in Emmys for 'Glee'

Quirky musical comedy Glee and 1960s advertising drama Mad Men led the television series nominations yesterday for prime-time Emmy Awards in a cross-section of new faces and old favorites.

Meet the new action heroines

Angelina Jolie is the latest Hollywood actress to take on a role originally written for a man – a trend that is growing fast

Tom Sutcliffe: Let's hear it for the theme tune

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

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Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine