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The singer was forced to pull out of a string of performances after being diagnosed with appendicitis

Rear Window: The Hanleys: The perfect pedigree for a great entertainer

JIMMY Hanley and Dinah Sheridan, the parents of the Conservative Party Chairman, met in 1942 while making a film whose title Jeremy Hanley may yet be tempted to employ as a Tory battle-cry: Salute John Citizen.

Letter: 'Lace': the writer replies

WITH reference to your article 'Sex and shopping row: sequel looms' (7 August), I alone wrote every word of Lace and I alone did all the research and all the preliminary work. As I wrote it, the handwritten manuscript was typed by Bettina Culham, in my flat in Monaco.

Rear Window / Rough Justice: The police punch that troubled Parliament

AT ABOUT 10.30pm on a December Saturday in Thurso on the north Scottish coast, two police officers called into the Bay Cafe in Swanson Street, a popular spot for local teenagers.

FILM REVIEWS / A further tale of the city: Sheila Johnston on the new releases, including Patrick Keiller's London, a capital new movie from a smoky old town

London (no cert), Director: Patrick Keiller (UK); Leaving Lenin (no cert), Director: Endaf Emlyn (Wel); In Custody (U), Director: Ismail Merchant (UK); Intersection (15), Director: Mark Rydell (US); Dangerous Game (18), Director: Abel Ferrara (US); No Escape (15), Director: Martin Campbell (US)

Rear Window: The First Englishman: Everybody fell for Mr Piltdown

HIS SKULL was the skull of a man, but he had the jaw of an ape and big canine teeth that could serve as formidable weapons. He was proof, if not living proof, of man's descent from the apes. They called him Dawn Man, or Eoanthropus dawsoni, after his discoverer, Charles Dawson. The more theatrical called him the Missing Link, but he has gone down in history as Piltdown Man.

Letters show another side to Grace Kelly

A RARE collection of letters by Grace Kelly, never before made public, are to be auctioned this month in Beverly Hills, providing the world with an extraordinary new insight into one of the movie industry's most enduringly romantic figures.

BOOK REVIEW / Confessions of a wilful Pusscat: 'A Right Royal Bastard' - Sarah Miles: Macmillan, 16.99

LIKE her grandfather, the son of Queen Mary's wayward brother, Sarah Miles is illegitimate. As she tells us, she was also given to behaviour that would have had a less self-conscious mother constantly screaming, 'You little . . .]' A combination of Grace Kelly and Vivien Leigh, Mrs Miles was a blonde goddess ('Some women, like Mummy, don't have to do a damn thing except keep crossing their long daffodil stalks and the whole world drools'), but her looks never won compliance from Pusscat, as Sarah was called. (She had a sister, Pooker, and brothers, Chuzzer and Jukes.) At what is wrongly called a tender age, Pusscat pushed Chuzzer into the millpond, yelling 'Drown]'.

Obituary: Jess Yates

Jesse Frederick Joseph Yates, television presenter and producer: born Tyldesley, Manchester 20 December 1918; married 1958 Heller Toren (Elaine Smith: one daughter; marriage dissolved 1975); died Llandudno 9 April 1993.

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XXXXXXX: Screen kisses: Birds don't do it, bees don't do it. Not even educated fleas do it. But film stars do it all the time, singers sing about it, photographers snap it, and painters paint it (but not very often). A Valentine's dossier on kisses in the arts, from Garbo to Doisneau, Rodin to Right Said Fred

IT IS almost 100 years since the dark deed took place. In 1896, someone called May Irwin kissed someone called John C Rice. Nothing wrong with that, except that a camera was watching. The result was screened in close-up - 'absolutely disgusting', was the official comment. Cinema, however, had found something absolutely fascinating, the main weapon in its emotional assault. Since then, the kiss has functioned as romantic shorthand; it is both the apex of the plot and the signal that other problems can drop away, leaving the lovers to themselves. No wonder that it gets caught in close-up, an erotic exclusion zone stretching to the borders of the screen, and leads into the watery forgetfulness of a dissolve.

FILM / The bare necessities of life: The flesh is weak, but its appeal at the box-office is stronger than ever. John Lyttle offers a scene by scene guide to movie seduction

Sex at the movies doesn't always happen in the back row. Since the Sixties Louis B Mayer's catch-all dictum 'Don't show the bodily functions]' has been discarded in favour of ever more graphic D-I-Y kits showing the public how to assemble the two-backed beast. More and more often 'it' is laid bare across the Silver Screen, in close-up, moans, groans, goosebumps, ice-picks, extras and all.

Fashion: Button up, baby, its cold outside: The long coat dilemma

Feelings about the long skirt may still be equivocal, but the return of the long coat must be a good thing. Coats are meant to keep you warm - from the neck to at least the nether reaches of your calves. That holds true even for shorter women (don't listen to any fashion theorists who say that people less than model height shouldn't wear long).
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