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Marilyn Monroe dress stars in Hollywood sale

The star of the hit film Singin' in the Rain , Debbie Reynolds' is to sell off some of Hollywood's most famous frocks when part of her collection of movie memorabilia goes under the hammer in Beverly Hills today.

Happy birthday Ms Monroe

Had she lived to see it, today would have been Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday. To celebrate the life of one of the most photographed women of last century, we've put together a selection of images of her life.

Rocket to the Moon, National Theatre: Lyttelton, London

Biting drama with not too much filling

Two queens to be auctioned off

A painting of the Queen by Andy Warhol – part of the artist's Reigning Queens series – is estimated to sell for £20,000 to £30,000 when it is auctioned at Bonhams in London tomorrow.

Simon Calder: Go west for screen gems – but not too far

The man who pays his way

DVD: Misfits: Series Two (18)

The Misfits – teenagers with Asbos and superpowers – are back, and still no closer to saving the world. Thank goodness.

Redeeming Features: A Memoir, By Nicholas Haslam

If we believe that we are living in an age where our celebrities are increasingly famous for being famous, Nicky Haslam might serve as living proof.

Marilyn Monroe: FragmentsEdited by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment

Last week, Damien Hirst's former flat-sitter defended his attempt to exhibit the artist's old diary by stating: "I thought it was an interesting historic artefact". Unsurprisingly, Hirst thought otherwise. Reading Marilyn Monroe's intimate musings in this long-awaited collection, one cannot help but wonder whether Monroe would be similarly mortified, or whether these papers are precious "historic artefacts" which should be published regardless. Of course, there are differences between the two cases: Hirst's diary fell into his flat-sitter's hands by accident while Monroe bequeathed her possessions to the eminent acting teacher, Lee Strasberg, whom she trusted implicitly and who held on to them until his death. It was his widow, Anna Strasberg, unacquainted with Monroe, who sold scores of items at the famed Christie's auction of 1999. She has now offered up hitherto uncatalogued "fragments" of Monroe's diary notes, poems, letters, lists, for public consumption. The book's editors are sure Monroe would have approved: "We have shared their (Anna Strasberg and her sons') desire to create a book that, we would like to think, would have pleased its author."

Farewell Tony: a great man, an even better woman

Geoffrey Macnab salutes the life and work of Tony Curtis, the star of 'Some Like it Hot' who died on Wednesday at the age of 85

Tony Curtis, Hollywood legend, dies aged 85

Hollywood legend Tony Curtis, whose career spanned more than 60 years, has died at the age of 85.

Unseen photographs of Marilyn Monroe

Previously unseen images of Marilyn Monroe have been published in a new book, Marilyn: August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos, which comes out this week.

Kevin McCarthy: Actor best known for his role in the Cold War science-fiction thriller ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’

The heavy-set, square-jawed Kevin McCarthy was a distinguished actor with an extensive career in the theatre as well as movies and television, but he will be best remembered for his leading role in one of the most famous of screen science-fiction thrillers, Don Siegel's cult classic, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), in which he was a doctor desperate to convince the authorities that the human race is being taken over by "pod people".

Errors & Omissions: It may be hypothetical, but it's still completely wrong

"Begging the question" is one of the permanent fixtures of pedantry. We are forever pointing out that very few people know what "beg the question" means. When people use it they invariably mean "raise the question".

Portraits reveal a playful side to Marilyn Monroe

A relaxed Marilyn Monroe poses for a series of intimate pictures in a collection of previously unseen shots, which have been released almost 50 years after her death.

Love from London: A City of Stars

A new photography exhibition captures stars from the golden age of cinema as they enjoy stepping out in London. From Elizabeth Taylor fending off pigeons in Trafalgar Square to Audrey Hepburn taking her dog for a run in Richmond Park.



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