Lauren Bacall, who has died aged 89, was one of the great screen icons of the 20th century but was so nervous aged 19 in To Have and Have Not, her fir(...)

Lauren Bacall moved with a supernatural grace and delivered lines with the assurance of a fallen maharani. Photograph: Baron/Getty Images 1:27

It is poignant to reflect that, when Betty Perske attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts three quarters of a century ago, she fell under the s(...)

Not only should hurling retain red and yellow cards, it should also adopt the black variety. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cynicism is unattractive. The cynic never gets the girl; unless it’s Humphrey Bogart who’s concealing sentimentality beneath thin-skinned irasc(...)

The Green Party’s Juergen Trittin and Claudia Roth look out of a window during a break in preliminary coalition talks with the CDU party in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

There was a whiff of Casablanca in Berlin yesterday as Germany’s Green Party left a coalition back door open to Angela Merkel and her Christian Democr(...)