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Working with her was like being bombed by watermelons... It's what Alan Ladd thought about Sophia Loren, right, and is one of a new collection of insults

Playboy tycoon sets sights on presidency

Richard Lugner,the Austrian construction tycoon, famous for reportedly paying pounds 50,000 to dance with the Duchess of York at the glitzy Vienna Opera Ball on New Year's Eve, has announced that he intends to stand for president.

His passing image

Andrew Gumbel reports from Rome on Italy's fulsome coverage of the murder of an icon

Focus: Death of an Italian dream

Making it in 'La Merica' brought Gianni Versace, killed last week, mythical status in his homeland when he made it in

Embittered Becker buys a one-way ticket to America

Far from maddening German crowds, hyperactive taxmen and racial prejudice, Boris Becker fled to Florida yesterday with a one-way ticket, vowing never to return for anything other than tennis. His Heimat will henceforth be a millionaires' hideaway near Miami, where he hopes his son, Noah, will not attract attention, and the family will have the privacy they could only dream about in Bavaria.

Romans pay tribute to Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni was buried after a rousing open-air funeral service in the heart of Rome, for which hundreds of Italians packed a square on top of the Capitoline hill.

Britannia rules the stage

They're not in it for the money. It won't help their film careers. So why do US stars come over here to tread the boards? Jasper Rees on the mixed fortunes of the spangled pilgrims to the `mecca' of theatre

Duce's girl back in the fold

Rome (Reuter) - Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italy's Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, said yesterday that she had rejoined the far-right National Alliance (AN) party that she quit over policy differences last month.

Obituary: Marjorie Proops

Marjorie Proops was a great deal more than an agony aunt, a brilliant writer, a campaigning journalist, and a social commentator. She was the nation's confidante. Into her office for over 30 years the letters came, millions of them, cries for help, for encouragement, from men as well as women, in the certain knowledge that they were writing not to a stranger but a friend, to "Dear Marje" - there were envelopes addressed simply thus, which safely reached her - and that behind the witty by-line, the funny drawings, the glamorous photographs, was a woman of extraordinary perception, tolerance, and hard-headed wisdom.

Brave new world? i'd rather stay put

You can keep your 12-inch penises, neat noses and pert breasts, says Annalisa Barbieri. It's the knobbly, wrinkly bits that make the world a beautiful place

Is there life on planet fashion?

out there in paris

Fresh light on timeless images of screen icons

A rare picture of Marilyn Monroe in a private moment - rehearsing her lines in the Nevada desert, shortly before her death - is to be sold tomorrow.

OBITUARY: Jack Rose

Jack Rose knew what he did best and, surprisingly, so did Hollywood; in a 34-year film career, he wrote or co-wrote some 30 films, all but four of which were comedies or musical comedies.

Any chance of a chat, Raquel?

Her reviews have been lukewarm, but Raquel Welch is intent on succeeding on a West End stage. Peter Guttridge pays his respects to a movie queen
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