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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.

The yo-yo girls

They veer visibly from sylph-slim to positively Ruben-esque, never happy with their shape. Clare Seeber knows how they feel

Theatre: An apology from the President

A scandalous 40-year medical experiment on African-American men prompted David Feldshuh to write a play. He tells Julia Pascal how, in turn, it prompted an official apology

American television embraces Starr quality

The Clinton-Monica tryst barely raised a smile at the Emmys. But then TV folks have always known which side their bread is buttered.

Obituary: E. G. Marshall

ONE OF America's finest character actors, E. G. Marshall will be remembered by television viewers of the Sixties for his Emmy Award- winning role as half of a father-son team of lawyers in the superior crime series The Defenders.

Award-winning dance film is consigned to the TV dustbin

A BRITISH film nominated for an Emmy and made by Stomp, the innovative British dance and percussion group, has failed to find a UK television company interested in showing it despite selling in more than 100 countries overseas.

The third man reconstructed

A new radio drama which charts the birth of the classic film Citizen Kane brings together some exceptional talents to portray three giants of stage and screen. The play's director, Ned Chaillet, talks about the history of the actors, and characters, involved

The shock of the view

Something as tasteless as the Jerry Springer show couldn't happen here - could it? Jennifer Rodger talks to the man himself

Obituary: Sam Perrin

Sam Perrin, comedy writer and musician: born 15 August 1901; died Woodland Hills, California 8 January 1998.

Media: British talent scoops four Emmy awards

British television programmes picked up four top prizes at the International Emmy Awards in New York. David Lister reports on another winning night for the Brits.

The Critics: CRIES AND WHISPERS

What do the following phrases mean to you? "By the power of Grayskull! I have the POWERRRR!" If they mean that I am a babbling idiot, then you are lucky enough to be too old or too young to remember He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, a fantasy-adventure cartoon series that was on children's television in the mid-Eighties.

McGovern on screen shortlist

Jimmy McGovern, the writer, has been nominated for another award for Hillsborough, his hard-hitting docudrama about the Hillsborough football disaster, in a British-dominated line up of Emmy nominations.

Obituary: David Gill

David Ian Gill, film-maker and film restorer: born New Guinea 9 June 1928; married 1953 Pauline Wadsworth (two daughters); died Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire 28 September 1997.

Tracey Ullman and friends put girl power into the Emmy limelight

British actresses stole the limelight at America's prestigious television awards in Los Angeles this weekend as Tracey Ullman and Diana Rigg were each awarded an Emmy in a ceremony watched by an estimated 620 million television viewers worldwide.

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