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REGARDED AS the British cinema's first female sex symbol and one of the country's first international stars, the beautiful actress Chili Bouchier first achieved stardom in the silent cinema as Britain's answer to Clara Bow, Hollywood's "It" girl. Labelled "The Brunette Bombshell", and initially specialising in vamps and profligate flappers, she later softened her image to play more romantic roles, and her career was to span over 60 years, embracing both the silent and talking screens plus over 90 stage appearances. She last appeared on stage in 1990, and died just two days short of her 90th birthday.

Books: Star-struck excess?

Love them or loathe them, this duo made a revolution on the musical stage. But where did you hear that tune before?Oh, What a Circus: the autobiography by Tim Rice Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 18.99, 456pp; Cats on a Chandelier: the Andrew Lloyd Webber story by Michael Coveney Century, pounds 17.99, 282pp

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