Gwyneth Paltrow

Acceptance speeches: Say it in five words

Tonight is the 17th annual Webby Awards, which are almost as famous for their five-word acceptance speeches as they are for the websites rewarded for their excellence.

Letter from the editor: Great Expectations

The BBC is expected to begin filming the opening scenes of its adaptation of Great Expectations today, on the marshlands of Tollesbury, near Maldon (where the salt comes from).

Gwyneth Paltrow: from screen siren to domestic goddess

The culinary and celebrity worlds have been drooling in anticipation of the release of Gwyneth Paltrow's first cookbook since the Hollywood actress appeared on the cover of US Vogue back in August prepping some grub in her New York kitchen.

Ready to Wear: Valentino is the undisputed master of the grand gesture

Nobody would ever accuse the great Roman couturier, Valentino Garavani, of understatement. Instead he is the undisputed master of the grand gesture. As The Last Emperor, a film about his life and work, opens, he announces: "I love a beautiful lady. I love a beautiful dog. I love a beautiful piece of furniture. I love beauty. It's not my fault." Don't you just know how he feels.

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Oscar's best-dressed friends: The most memorable fashion winners and

Not only did Barbra Streisand buck the trend for big-entrance dressing by wearing trousers to the Oscars, but also those trousers appeared to be entirely see-through, giving grand guests at the ceremony a none-too-modest glimpse of her derrière as she stepped up to the podium. According to the Los Angeles Times, Arnold Scaasi, designer of the black chiffon two-piece in question, told Streisand: "Let's show people how young and cute you are. Let's forget about that elegant bit." Three years later, Fonda also picked up her award for Klute in trousers – this time a black trouser suit from Rive Gauche, the prêt-à-porter arm of Yves Saint Laurent that had opened four years previously and was taking the world by storm.

Stiletto sales go sky high as Paltrow kick-starts craze for towering

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow has made a career combining extraordinary glamour with equal measures of clean-living, down-to-earth charm. She is perhaps as well known for her appearances in films such as The Talented Mr Ripley and The Royal Tenenbaums as she is for her love of macrobiotic food, penchant for bizarre names (she and her husband, Coldplay's Chris Martin, called their daughter Apple) and her determined refusal to play the Hollywood superstar.