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Historical Notes: Kennedy murdered Marilyn Monroe

AS THIS century draws to a close the ghost of Marilyn Monroe continues to haunt an era. She was larger than life and died suddenly, prematurely, and mysteriously. Troubling questions still surround her death.

Interview: Marian Salzman - The future is in her head

Marian Salzman is paid to know how we're going to live, and what we're going to buy, in the next century. Cole Moreton gazed into her crystal ball

The Joys of Modern Life: 21. Stilettos

YOU CAN wear any kind of shoe this season so long as it's flat, according to the fashion commentators. This leaves me with a problem, for I have a love affair with the stiletto. No, matter how de rigueur this season's grey ankle length skirt may be (which incidentally looks like you've wrapped yourself in a British Airways blanket) if it doesn't look good with a pair of heels then it stays in the shop.

FOCUS: A FEW DROPS OF POISON FROM THE DIARISTS OF THE CENTURY

WITH VAL to see play Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, whom I once interviewed on television without being able to get anything out of him. Play quite execrable - woman ironing, man yelling and snivelling, highbrow smut, "daring" remarks (reading from a Sunday paper; Bishop of ... asks us all to rally round and make hydrogen bombs). Endured play up to point where hero and heroine pretended to be squirrels.

Marilyn Monroe tops the bill at auction

A PHOTOGRAPH from Marilyn Monroe's last session with Bert Stern, a self-taught photographer who became her confidant, fetched pounds 3,680 at Christie's sale of 20th-century photographs yesterday. The pre-sale estimate for this wistful shot was pounds 1,500 to pounds 2,000.

PRESIDENTIAL CRISIS: How agents cornered Monica

Lewinsky's Testimony

Friday book: The satyr who became a martyr

RFK: A CANDID BIOGRAPHY

Books: Where Europhobia has novelty value

51st State

Television: Portrait of the artist as an old man

Last night was Jack Lemmon night on BBC2. Why?

Design: Some Like It Hot

LIKE MARY Poppins, the thermos flask is practically perfect in every way. Reliable and comforting, it dispenses gaspingly hot tea or frosty iced coffee as the vagaries of English weather dictate; it requires no hi-tech palaver to perform its minor miracle, and it is of sturdy, sensible and unchanging disposition.

Sex and the single flapper

With squealing gold-diggers and hymns to roughage, a revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes has its comic moments. But where's the raunch?

Theatre Review: Family favourite

Not the first night:

Marilyn: What a doll!

Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood legend, will become the new face of Barbie to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the actress's death on 4 August.

Money men can't let Marilyn rest in peace

So much for the candle in the wind. Marilyn Monroe would be 71 on 5 August were she still alive. But the blaze of publicity never wanes.

FINAL DECISIONS ON THE WRITE STUFF

RESULTS OF THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY / PANASONIC WRITING COMPETITION AND THE IoS / DALER-ROWNEY YOUNG CARTOONIST COMPETITION 1997
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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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