She shone in ‘The Sting’ as a weather-beaten brothel-keeper and confidante to Paul Newman
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Sunday 23 May 1993
'NOT ONLY is this guy a great musician with an incredible voice, he also invented penicillin, rode the winner of the 1982 Kentucky Derby, and saved Eudora, my highland terrier, from certain death in a horrendous tumble-drier accident.' Nanci Griffith's introductions of her guests and accompanists at the Royal Albert Hall are a little on the fulsome side, given their contributions. Tanita Tikaram, for one, gets about three big, gruff notes in 'It's Too Late' before she's off back to her dressing-room, looking rather embarrassed.
Before they start thinking about tomorrow: Limo-lock grips the city, Streisand achieves Sinatra status, the new Amazonia is ready for business. A week of celebration in Washington. Does it make you laugh or cry? Reggie Nadelson reports
Saturday 23 January 1993
It is Sunday on the Mall in Washington DC and, under a fresh sky, America has arrived at the Big Party. On the ceremonial boulevard between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol, on soggy lawns, a tent city has arisen, dedicated to the pursuit of fun on this first day of Bill Clinton's inaugural journey.
Monday 18 January 1993
AT LAST, Hollywood is beginning to get the idea. The inauguration of Bill Clinton was not organised purely to allow the glitterati to strut around centre stage, soaking up the world's applause for helping elect the president. It was not like the Oscars. Ordinary people were there.
Sunday 03 January 1993
IT TAKES just three seconds for Cindy's expression to change, and she's not just making a horrified face; she's actually horrified. She twists round, saying: 'Oh no, oh no, God, God,' looking really sick, which is how I feel. Time, every second, is dragging disgustingly; this doesn't look like it's going to end. It's just not normal. Violence happens quickly, and then it's over, and then you move on to the next thing. That's right, isn't it?
Sunday 06 December 1992
HOW MUCH fun is Meryl Streep? In Plenty and Sophie's Choice she was no more approachable than liquid nitrogen, but recently there have been signs that the ice-queen might care to melt. And so it proves in Death Becomes Her, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Streep plays Madeline Ashton, a star beginning to lose her glare. We first see her slinking down a stairway under purple lights, in a Broadway version of Sweet Bird of Youth. Zemeckis pitches this just where it belongs, right at the bottom of the heap: a fake Streisand warble, lyrics based almost solely on the phrase 'That's me]', and feathers moulting off Madeline's boa. What's more, the year is 1978, which means that half-way through the rhythm accelerates to disco and everyone starts to behave like a train - random whoop-whistles and mad signals at the ceiling. This is fast work: a whole decade damned to hell, and we still haven't got past the credits.
Friday 04 December 1992
BOGGLING EYES are a bad sign on a film poster, and the advertisement for Death Becomes Her (PG) shows three sets - the shocked orbs of Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep. There hasn't been so much eye-white on a poster for a good long time.
Friday 04 December 1992
HOW strange, in a way, that Robert Zemeckis's new movie, a movie of a rare euphoric grossness, of a positively glutinous bad taste, should bear as elegant and tragic a title as Death Becomes Her - reminiscent as it is of the title which has always seemed to me the most beautiful in the entire history of the language, O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra.
Friday 11 September 1992
Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (15). . . .Leos Carax (Fr)
VIDEO / Conscientious objections: John Lyttle reviews the latest releases, including Bette Midler in For The Boys and Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate
Friday 07 August 1992
FOR THE BOYS (FoxVideo 15 139mins)
general electionThis quiz matches undecided voters with the best party for them
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Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
In defence of liberal democracy
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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