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A dress  worn in several scenes of the 1939 film Gone With the Wind by Vivien Leigh as she played Scarlett O’Hara. Photograph: Emily Clements/Heritage Auctions, HA.com

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Film director Steven Spielberg with actress Sally Field at the Irish premier of Lincoln in Dublin in January. Mr Spielberg told Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night that he was interested in possibly working in Ireland in the future. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

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