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She shone in ‘The Sting’ as a weather-beaten brothel-keeper and confidante to Paul Newman

Alaina Reed-Amini

Alaina Reed-Amini, who died on 17 December aged 63, was the Broadway star and television actress best known for her long-running role on Sesame Street.

Album: Neil Diamond, A Cherry Cherry Christmas (Columbia)

The bulk of these 14 tracks were originally released on previous Neil Diamond Christmas albums from 1992 and 1994 – neither of which, one imagines, bore such a cringingly terrible titular pun.

Katy Guest: If a bunk-up's your bag, Tiger, why tie the knot?

According to Tiger Woods, who has not been true to his own values and the behaviour his family deserves, he tells us, there is one "important and deep principle at stake" in the debacle surrounding his marital "transgressions".

Seeing double for the 2010 Oscars

Grumpy old men and The Odd Couple never won any Oscars - but next year they could be handing them out. For the first time in the modern era, the biggest event in showbusiness is to have not one, but two hosts.

The mogul who'll never eat lunch in Hollywood again

He kissed Barbra Streisand and Sharon Stone. But now the man who ran Sony Pictures is going to tell much more.

Guy Adams: Billy the elephant trumps the crunch

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You write the reviews: Harry Benson, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

In Harry Benson's 60-year career, he has captured photographs of icons and events that have shaped political, sporting and pop culture, as well as documenting the character of his native Glasgow. This summer, the city's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum hosts a comprehensive display of Benson's work, hailed as a "homecoming exhibition".

Dick Martin: Comedian and host of 'Laugh-In'

The comedian Dick Martin will be best remembered for the revolutionary comedy show he hosted and co-scripted with his partner Dan Rowan, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, which was a prime attraction on BBC2 on Sunday nights for three years (1968-71), and ran on NBC in the United States for nearly six.

Louise Lombard: Death becomes her

Louise Lombard left BBC period drama behind to go to LA and a starring role in 'CSI'. Now she's back in Britain but still hunting murderers. James Rampton meets her

Kate Hudson: 'I've been a performer since I was in the womb'

Acting is in Kate Hudson's blood. But will she be churning out screwball comedies like mom did? Tiffany Rose finds out

Kate Hudson: The Q Interview

Film: The hunks who lost America

Ride With the Devil (15) Ang Lee; 140 mins East is East (15) Damien O'Donnell; 96 mins Jakob the Liar (12) Peter Kassovitz; 119 mins The Out-of-Towners (12) Sam Weisman; 90 mins Following (12) Christopher Nolan; 70 mins The Story of O (18) Just Jaeckin; 95 mins

Death becomes her; The Books Interview

Other crime writers have to invent mysterious corpses; Kathy Reichs works with them.

Travel Canada: In the big country

The rural cottages beloved of urban Canadians offer peace and quiet close to home - and they're easy to rent.

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