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

Theatre review: Half-way out of the closet

A SONG AT TWILIGHT

If in doubt, cast a gentile

Surely Hollywood isn't still ambivalent about its Jewish actresses? Don't you believe it.

Arts: Desperately seeking Siouxsie

She may have disbanded her Banshees, split with her record company and got married, but the queen of punk is back on the warpath.

Strong, sexy but still struggling

Hollywood may be enjoying its diamond anniversary this year, but there's still not much for women to celebrate in Lala Land, says Cayte Williams

So, this is the sexiest woman in the world: Jenny McCarthy

The Deborah Ross Interview: She's very slow jog, very `Baywatch', very D-cup and blonde and tanned and siliconed. Am I jealous? No. After all, who the hell is Jenny McCarthy?

Film: In Focus: JESSICA LANGE

Tough Tootsie: Successful, talented, forty-ish and blonde is a hard role to play in Hollywood. But Jessica Lange does it well. Since her debut reappraising Fay Wray's role in the 1976 remake of King Kong, Hollywood has nominated Lange Best Actress five times. She has picked up the Oscar twice. Apart from a couple of films, the ones which it would have been kinder not to have made (never mind chosen), she has consistently delivered acclaimed performances, particularly in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Tootsie (1981) and Blue Sky (1994).

Film: Fan facts

KURT RUSSELL (in 'Breakdown', released this week)

Why are they famous? - Jocelyne Wildenstein

MAIN CLAIM: The world's least successful tribute to the gentle art of the face lift. The living, breathing, suing tribal mask that is Jocelyne Wildenstein is primarily known for her surgically stretched countenance, her pre-divorce claim that she can't make toast, and now her flamboyant, mud-slinging, gun-toting divorce from art-dealing, horse- racing tycoon Alex Wildenstein. Ever a tabloid favourite, her picture frequently printed to make us all feel a lot better about our appearances, this week, alongside Madonna, she stars in Vanity Fair.

Don't look at me, I'm famous

She claims to dread the prospect of being recognised in the supermarket, and longs to be taken seriously both as an actress and as a woman in a tough profession. But then again, she wouldn't mind looking more like Goldie Hawn... Andrew G Marshall meets Amanda Root

Fast food: Don't say you haven't tried aloe vera juice

Popping a few anti-oxidants every morning is not the only way to ensure your future well-being. You clearly haven't been paying attention. Why take a pill when you can benefit from the effects of a raw material free from synthetic drugs? Royal jelly and ginseng have all had their 15 minutes of fame and now it's the turn of Aloe Vera.

why are they famous?: Normandie Keith

Main Claim: Nothing whatsoever. Normandie Keith is truly a glittering superstar among the swelling ranks of the Famous for Being Famous, those "models" never seen near a catwalk, those "TV personalities" whose careers peak mid-breakfast, those serried ranks of Tamaras, Taras and Tanias with a cause. An It among It girls, Normandie is known as the fiancee of some rich, polo-playing poshington called Lucas White. But following their split of a fortnight ago, she is suddenly dating zookeeper and gambler John Aspinall's son Damian. Inconsolable, darling.

Media: Directors tell why Hollywood could end up a lost world

Overpaid actors, interfering studios and the threat of Rupert Murdoch. Some of Hollywood's best-known directors have spilled the beans. David Lister, arts news editor, reports on friction in Tinseltown

Just don't say the S-word

Sex has become a game of narcissism which only the young - or young looking - are invited to play. Anna Raeburn reflects

THE EYE ON VIDEO: RECORDED DELIVERY

A critical guide to the week's videos

In the pink: the New Girlies

Here they come, fluttering their eyelashes and giggling sweetly. The Daily Mail praises their fluffiness and two new business guides recommend their style. Watch out - the New Girlies may be heading for an office near you. Report by Hester Lacey
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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

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