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Moscow - The real-life beauty on whom Lara, fictional heroine of the Russian novel Doctor Zhivago was modelled, has died at the age of 83. The life of Olga Ivinskaya, mistress of the novel's author, Boris Pasternak, was as full of drama, suffering and tragedy as that of her more famous fictional double. She and Pasternak, who was kept under hostile surveillance for most of his life, had years of snatched rendezvous in the lanes of Peredelkino, a village outside Moscow. Reuter


Her West End debut has been praised by the critics. But the press hasn't always been so kind to Julie Christie, as she tells Melanie McFadyean, a journalist and friend

Theatre: OLD TIMES Wyndham's, London

The back of my copy of Old Times quotes Harold Pinter's famously unhelpful answer to the question: what is he writing about? "I can sum up none of my plays. I can describe none of them, except to say: that is what happened. This is what they said. That is what they did."

Dear Julie Christie

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Julie Christie prepares to star in Old Times at Wyndham's Theatre

Julie Christie prepares to star in one of the most keenly anticipated and certainly most belated West End stage debuts of the year, writes David Lister.

A retreat far from the madding crowd

At the end of mud tracks, on the edge of woods and cliffs, isolated houses are commanding high prices. And as Rosalind Russell discovers, the more basic they are the better

Mopping up the Sixties

In 1964, 23-year-old Australian, Robert Whitaker, was already running his own photographic studio when he was invited to take the pictures for a Brian Epstein interview. It was the Beatles' first tour of Australia, and Whitaker seized the opportunity to woo their manager, using a double exposure to produce a portrait of Epstein with peacock feathers around his head. His efforts paid off. Epstein, enchanted by Whitaker's inventiveness, presented him with an offer he couldn't refuse: the chance to come to England, under Epstein's management, and take unlimited photographs of the world's most famous band. But while he was responsible for some of the most imaginative pictures of John, Paul, George and Ringo - like the group shot at EMI's recording studios, used on the back of Revolver - Whitaker used his time in London to take in a much wider view of contemporary life. A new exhibition, "Sixties London: The Photographs of Robert Whitaker 1965-70", reveals a host of material, ranging from out- takes from film sets - Mick Jagger in Performance, Julie Christie in The Go-Between - to scenes in and around Carnaby Street and the Kings Road. Must-sees include Germaine Greer shot close-up in banshee-like make-up, John, Cynthia and Julian Lennon playing at happy families in their Weybridge home in 1965 (left) and Ringo's wife, Maureen, photographed in her hospital bed, dressed in a lacy pink negligee, smoking a fag and inspecting her nails. Lastly, there's the still deliciously shocking cover shot from the US compilation Yesterday and Today of the four grinning Beatles, wearing white overalls and covered in raw meat. The picture was, of course, banned. The squeaky clean mop-tops were then still only dreaming of rebellion. Epstein would never have allowed it.
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