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Look Back on Sharon Tate's Tragically Short Life, in Pictures

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Look Back on Sharon Tate's Tragically Short Life, in Pictures
Sharon Tate's short life came to an end when she was brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson's infamous "family" in August 1969. The stunning 26-year-old Texas native was on the verge of making it big in Hollywood; she had starred in movies like Don't Make Waves and The Wrecking Crew and was possibly best known for her role as aspiring actress Jennifer North in Valley of the Dolls. Sharon was married to disgraced film director Roman Polanski, and at the time of her death, she was eight and a half months pregnant with their son. Along with Sharon, four other people - Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, and Steven Parent - were killed by Manson followers Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Linda Kasabian. They broke into Sharon and Roman's Benedict Canyon home and murdered them with both guns and knives. It was revealed earlier this
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Claudia Cardinale: 'I don't want to stop'

Sixties screen siren Claudia Cardinale talks to Steve Rose about entrancing Fellini, spurning Brando – and why appearing in 135 films still isn't enough

There's nothing Claudia Cardinale hates more than staying still, but for the past two months she's had to do exactly that. She broke her foot on holiday in Tunisia and has since been holed up in her Paris flat. "It was stupid," she says, in her distinctive Mediterranean rasp. "I was playing volleyball. There was water on the edge of swimming pool, and I slipped. I like to be active, so when I have to sit for two months without going out, it's terrible. I had many places to go and I had to refuse: Venice, Kiev, Osaka. Now it's Ok. Yesterday I went out for the first time, but the weather is ugly."

Cardinale is a survivor from the era when movie giants walked the earth – most of them alongside her.
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Bernie Nolan obituary

Singer who had a string of hits in a perky pop act with her sisters

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Bernie Nolan, who has died of cancer aged 52, was the youngest of the original Nolan Sisters lineup, whose cheerful, unthreatening, middle-of-the-road pop made them one of Britain's best known acts from the late 1970s to the mid-80s. The five siblings began performing as the Nolan Sisters in 1974 and gained priceless exposure to a mainstream audience from appearing on Cliff Richard's television programme, and then with Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies. They were the support act on Frank Sinatra's 1975 European tour and accompanied Rolf Harris on dates in South Africa.

Bernie recalled: "People like the Two Ronnies and Val Doonican liked working with us because we were not showbizzy kids. We weren't pretentious or obnoxious, we could just sing." Bernie and Linda,
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The week's film events

Jimmy's End | Alexander Mackendrick | Princefest | Barbican Cinemas 2 & 3

Jimmy's End, Nationwide

Alan Moore has been notoriously dismissive about movie adaptations of his comic-book masterpieces, often with good reason. V For Vendetta, Watchmen, From Hell, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: none of them have approached the power of their source material. So now Moore's gone and had a go himself. The prelude, Act Of Faith, and the half-hour Jimmy's End, are the first in what's promised to be a series of films, directed by his regular collaborator Mitch Jenkins and set in the same dreamy, non-linear world. They've generously put it online so you can try and work it out for yourself.

Alexander Mackendrick, Edinburgh

Born in the Us and raised in Scotland, Mackendrick flitted between both during his stilted but eventful career, and the best of his work combines the two national sensibilities. He's best known for his three first-class Ealing comedies: Whisky Galore!
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Rita Moreno, Hollywood Legend, On The Power Of Persevering

Rita Moreno, Hollywood Legend, On The Power Of Persevering
When I met Rita Moreno in her suite at the Waldorf Towers in New York, I immediately noticed three things: She looks at least 20 years younger than her age. She moves with a lithe grace that bears witness to decades of dancing. And she was wearing pajamas: cherry-red with a floral, Japanese-inspired print.

It was fashion as metaphor: At age 80, Moreno has let go of the need to make a certain impression.

"I was always the darling, please-like-me kid," Moreno said. "It's the immigrant syndrome; it comes from being Puerto Rican, being on the outside. 'Don't make waves, don't make noise' -- my mother was very conscious of that. I was brought up trying to please the world. The greatest lesson I ever learned is that you don't die from not being liked. I wanted to world to like me."

That's a goal Moreno has accomplished in spades. Perhaps
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Tony Curtis obituary

Actor whose good looks and charm took him to the heights of Hollywood with films such as Some Like It Hot and The Defiant Ones

Born into a family of Hungarian Jews who had emigrated to the Us, Bernard Schwartz – the boy who became the actor Tony Curtis – could scarcely have dreamed of the wealth, fame and rollercoaster life that awaited him. Curtis, who has died aged 85, starred in several of the best films of the 1950s, including Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Defiant Ones (1958) and Some Like It Hot (1959). He enjoyed a long career thanks to his toughness and resilience (despite insecurities that demanded years of therapy).

He grew up in the Bronx, New York, the eldest of three sons. As a child, he was ill-treated by his mother, Helen, and spent time in an orphanage. One of his brothers, Robert, was a schizophrenic and the other, Julius, was
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