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Letter: Elastic Marilyn

Sir: Regarding correspondence on Marilyn Monroe's legendary proportions (letters, 20 and 24 December), there is something I really must get off my chest.

Letter : Marilyn's size

Sir: I am sorry to disappoint Dr David Ashton but Marilyn Monroe was not "voluptuous" (Letters, 20 December). He appears to have accepted the myth, as did The Independent in its feature on 16 December that Monroe was a size 16. Monroe had the gloriously thin figure of 35-22-35. Can the "circumferentially challenged" now stop hiding behind this myth?

The society of children

In 'Iron John', Robert Bly told men to go back to the forest. In his new book he's telling them to grow up. This is an extract

Jasper Rees on Television

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard that Mary Millington was dead? Thought not. But do you remember who she was when she was alive? She was the muse of David Sullivan, the country's pornographer-in-chief, who somehow achieved a newsworthiness out of all proportion to anything she had on offer. She was "ideal for glamour", as one photographer told her, tongue dangling somewhere in front of his solar plexus. In the diplomatic argot of the sex industry, that meant she was a midget with a rear the size of a Space Hopper: built not for clothes-horse work but for other branches of equestrianism.

Leading articles:No cure for the seven-year itch

It's official. Testosterone patches won't cure a male mid-life crisis. Oestrogen patches - also known as HRT - help many women sail through and past the menopause unencumbered by the mood swings, exhaustion and ill-health that lack of oestrogen can cause.

To A. Investor - with best wishes, A Famous Person

Football fans who managed to get their Euro 96 programmes signed by the England squad may find future collectors are prepared to pay big money for them.

Letter: Monroe doctrine

Monroe doctrine

Marilyn Monroe: me, myself and I

Seventy years to the day that Norma Jean was born, we continue to puzzle over her true identity. But like the controversy over her death, our not knowing is the source of her eternal appeal.

THEATRE Misfits, Royal Exchange, Manchester

It has all the right ingredients: Gable, Huston, and bickering Arthur and Marilyn. So why is the staging of the 1960 film's traumatic birth so dire

All about Eve

24Seven; Beeban Kidron's Omnibus on celebrated photographer Eve Arnold succeeds in the task of bringing static images to life on screen.

women and men : take a little piece of my heart

In California, fans don't hunt for autographs anymore, they collect DNA

Giant

In the Fifties and Sixties, he was a pin-up of unusual potency, whose very hairstyle was a brand name. Tony Curtis, once Hollywood's biggest, most beautiful star, is still a sex symbol, a remarkably youthful septuagenarian. In a candid and remarkable interview, he tells his `sweet daughter' Jamie Lee Curtis what he did to become a movie giant

REAL MEN PREFER BRUNETTES

The only blonds having fun these days are blokes. So, argues Emma Forre st, pour away the peroxide, girls, and show your natural colours There are blondes who have all the components of a classic brunette. Whatever colour her hair is this week, Madonna always seems like a true brunette

THE WHITE WIDOW

Anna Nicole Smith's story is a cross between Little Orphan Annie and 'Hollywood Babylon', a saga of drink, drugs, cleavages, and an old- fashioned millionaire's will

Paste is a girl's best friend

COLLECTING It was costume jewellery, not the real thing, that adorned the glamorous Hollywood stars - and Mme Joan Joseff supplied it. Madeleine Marsh meets a movie legend
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Everyone is talking about The Trews

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Homeless people keep mobile phones

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