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Raised in rural County Clare and educated in a convent, Edna O'Brien fled to swinging London to become a novelist. Her frank, autobiographical debut, The Country Girls (1960), caused outrage back in Ireland, but O'Brien considered it a necessary step in her “daring emancipation”.

A tribute to Elizabeth Taylor

The fascinating life of Hollywood's last superstar

Hollywood mourns the ultimate celebrity

Tributes have been pouring in for Elizabeth Taylor, who died yesterday

Dame Elizabeth Taylor: Actress whose life and career made her the last of the great Hollywood stars

Since the late 1960s the nebulous concept of stardom has been subjected to a systematic inflation of values. In a routine television series, for instance, the status of some obscurely minor supporting performer is frequently aggrandised into that of "guest star"; many of the freakish menagerie of hangers-on who peopled Andy Warhol's Factory-produced psychodramas complacently styled themselves "superstars"; and Barry Humphries' alter ego, the redoubtable Edna Everage, has risen almost imperceptibly from the humble rank of "housewife" to that of "megastar".

Staircase, Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Fifty-odd years after it was written, Charles Dyer's blackly comic two-hander finally arrives in Scotland.

Ingrid Pitt: Actress and writer who escaped from East Germany and became 'England's first lady of horror'

Statuesque, tawny-haired Ingrid Pitt will be remembered as the buxom actress with exotic looks and an intriguing accent who brought an overt sexuality to Hammer horror, as the star of the studio's first film to concentrate on female protagonists, The Vampire Lovers (1970). She also starred in Countess Dracula (1971), based on a real-life case, in which she played the title character, who drained girls of their blood to retain her youth. After that, her cult following labelled her "England's first lady of horror".

The Exorcist uncut: Secrets of the scariest movie ever made

The Exorcist has been terrifying audiences for decades. But the dark secrets of its making are only now coming to light. Guy Adams reveals the truth of a horror classic

Great lovers: Heights of passion - Part two, N-Z

What causes some relationships to echo through the ages? Their joy? Their intensity? Their resilience? Or their triumph against the odds? Ariane Sherine concludes our two-day celebration of true romance by choosing 25 more couples who, in different ways, embody the power of love

Richard Burton: In from the cold

Richard Burton wasn't just another over-hyped hellraiser with a tawdry love life and a legacy of lousy movies. Look again at the star who brought beauty to the screen, says Geoffrey Macnab

First person: 'I have witnessed 20 exorcisms'

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Ken Annakin: Film director whose 50 films included 'The Longest Day' and 'The Battle of the Bulge'

Ken Annakin directed over 50 films, ranging from documentaries and popular British hits, such as Holiday Camp and Miranda, to epic international productions including The Longest Day, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines and The Battle of the Bulge.

Braeroy has easier chance at Didmarton

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Marriage scene: Ingmar Bergman's 'Scenes From A Marriage'

Quiet hell of a rotten relationship

The Collector Of Worlds, by Iliya Troyanovtrans William Hobson

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Look Back in Anger, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

A black Jimmy Porter? Why not? Most people are at ease now with the principle of colour-blind casting. Jimmy Akingbola is an accomplished actor so why shouldn't he portray John Osborne's archetypal angry young man.

Point-to-point: Greenall to close on record with Chorizo

The men's champion, Oliver Greenall, has sound chances at both this weekend's meetings as he attempts to beat the record of 54 winners set by Ashley Farrant in 2004.

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