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Elite agency founder later denounced catwalk models as ‘spoilt pains’

THEATRE Blithe Spirit Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester is gambling on big female names this season. The Hollywood star Kathleen Turner will soon be launching a solo show about the egregious Tallulah Bankhead and a screen luminary of an earlier vintage, Leslie Caron, has just opened in Nocturne for Lovers, a play about the passionate relationship between Chopin and George Sand which, in certain circles, has been affectionately rechristened Chopin and Fucking.

Au revoir to Bardot curves

The city council of Marly-le-Roi, a suburb west of Paris, voted unanimously to remove a bust of Marianne - symbol of the French republic - because it was modelled after the former actress Brigitte Bardot.

Enter the dolls that let children play the supermodel game

Small, and perfectly formed: Karen Mulder, supermodel, appraises the Sindy brand rendition of her form, one of a collection of dolls launched in London yesterday that includes Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer Photograph: Tony Buckingham

Bardot backs the big bad wolf

An unlikely coterie of crack French troops, huntsmen, shepherds and Brigitte Bardot has come together in pursuit of the "wolf of Larzac", a beast said to have cost farmers 50 lambs since May. No one has actually seen the wolf, but apocrypha in the villages insist that a policewoman fired at it from 20 yards and missed.

Now look here: Mick Harvey is Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg's predecessor as the bad boy of chanson, Jacques Brel, has been widely (and often wildly) translated, finding his way into most record collections via David Bowie, Scott Walker, Alex Harvey or Marc Almond. But Serge himself has never really crossed the channel.

NO MORE MR TWIGGY

Think of people whose lives became musicals: Eva Peron, Martin Luther King, Elvis. Now think of Justin de Villeneuve. By Jim White

Sweet fifteen

FASHION It may be every teenager's dream, but few make it on to a model agency's books. Fewer still make it to supermodel status and the fabled pounds 10,000 price tag just to get out of bed. Melanie Rickey assesses the chances of Emma Blocksage, the latest young contender

Mick 'n' Keith 'n' Richard 'n' Liz 'n' Twiggy

Ray Connolly enjoys a romp through Swinging London; Everyone's Gone To The Moon by Philip Norman Hutchinson, pounds 15.99

Top fantasy: why we love shampoo

It's the ultimate consumer product because we actually obey the ads. Susan Irvine reports

Letter : Bardot not alone

From Mr Nitin Mehta

LETTER: Secret of Bardot's beauty revealed

From Mr Ian Baglee

The price of Fem

Are Fem 2 Fem just another fluffy girl-band with catchy, anodyne tunes and the usual lack of clothing? Ah, no, listen closely. In their last single, "Switch", Fem 2 Fem urged women everywhere to "Switch" (and they don't mean their shade of mascara) "to the beat that's right for you". On stage, Fem 2 Fem bump and grind like Bananarama could only dream of; slinking and smooching and setting pulses racing.

Letter: Portsmouth tops for ugly shops

Sir: There is at least one exaggerated claim in Simon Calder's piece about Manchester ('Manchester versus St Petersburg: like choosing between rain and snow', 22 October). Sam Chippendale may have left Manchester with the longest lavatory wall in Europe - but surely not the ugliest building. As something of an aficionado of shopping centres, I would suggest that Manchester Arndale is a Cindy Crawford of the genre when set alongside the truly repulsive Tricorn shopping centre in Portsmouth - and the Tricorn has the awards to prove it.

The pain in the pursuit of pleasure: Saturday Night

Wanda answered the door, smiling, and pointed upstairs with her cigarette. Someone had given her a carton of long Marlboro Lights and before lighting one she would break a bit off the end and mutter 'Hooker cigarettes'.

Bardot miffs Marseille Muslims

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