Margaret Olley had just put the final touches to more than two dozen works about to be exhibited in Sydney when she died in her sleep, "with paint still on her fingers", according to her dealer and friend, Philip Bacon. Olley was one of Australia's best loved and respected artists, a prolific painter of still lifes and domestic interiors, mostly created inside her cluttered Sydney home. She was also a leading patron of the arts, mentoring young artists and donating millions of dollars to public galleries to help them acquire works.
British starlets such as Keira Knightley and Emma Watson have risen to the high ranks of Hollywood thanks in part to their beauty, but a leading producer has claimed that when it comes to sex actresses from this side of the Channel are too inhibited compared with the French. Producers sought a smouldering actress to play Dominic Cooper's love interest in The Devil's Double, the recently released film about Saddam Hussein's savage son, Uday.
Daniel Craig would be a "disaster" in a romantic comedy.
Emma Stone needed a stunt double to film a lift scene with Ryan Gosling after she had a panic attack
Anna Massey, the veteran actress whose pursed face of disapproval was often employed in the role of repressed maiden aunt, has died at the age of 73.
The Manchester International Festival promises a vibrant mix of theatre, performance art and music, says Paul Vallely
Naomie Harris has admitted she has had a "top secret" audition for the next James Bond film.
Trevor Nunn has realised a forty-year dream by at last directing Tom Stoppard’s first masterpiece Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, as the second production of his captivating season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Hilary Duff is "excited" at the prospect of starting a family.
One of the most lucrative franchises in American television once more revolves around Two and a Half Men, after Ashton Kutcher was hired to replace Charlie Sheen in the sitcom he was fired from in spectacular fashion almost three months ago.
Kate Winslet finds it hard to make time for herself without "feeling guilty about it".
As the RSC celebrates its 50th birthday and settles into its new £112m home, Michael Coveney looks back on half a century of trials and triumphs, and wonders what the next 50 years might hold
Tributes have been pouring in for Elizabeth Taylor, who died yesterday
Felicia Pearson's criminal past won her a part in the gritty Baltimore drama. Now she's in trouble with the law again
Like Alonso and Gonzalo under Ariel's soporific spell, you may experience "a strange drowsiness" during Julie Taymor's film interpretation of Shakespeare's late play. What kept me awake was Helen Mirren's imperial performance as Prospera (above), gender-flipped from Prospero in the film's boldest coup, and her touching relationship with her daughter Miranda, also beautifully played by Felicity Jones. The switch from masculine to feminine lends the story a deeper sense of reconciliation and forgiveness, though as a spectacle Taymor's film exhausts rather than exhilarates, failing to establish any sense of scale or control. It roars and rages, like a tempest, but aside from Mirren its thunder is mostly fake.
The actress who died on Monday, wasn't just a screen icon. She taught Hollywood to deal with sex.