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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

LA Notebook

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".

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

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.

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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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick