Actress Lauren Bacall has died oaged 89 years old. Photograph: by Baron/Getty Images 1:27

Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau(...)

Fan fiction: the band in Joseph O’Connor’s book could only have hit big in the 1980s (like Bauhaus). Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

From Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street to Iain Banks’s Espedair Street, the rock’n’roll novel is a tricky beast. Rock fables tend to favour one of two (...)

Academy Award winning actor Mickey Rooney  in Hollywood, California, 2012. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Files /Reuters 1:11

Mickey Rooney, the exuberant entertainer who led a roller-coaster life - the world’s top box-office star at 19 as the irrepressible Andy Hardy,(...)

Always destined for stardom: Rufus Wainwright. Photograph:  Barry J Holmes

The music business is full of talented people. There are musicians, there are songwriters, there are singers. But then there are the Rufus Wain(...)

During the depression US president Roosevelt said of Temple it was a fine thing that “an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles”.

Shirley Temple, who has died aged 85, found fame as a child actor in the 1930s when she appeared in films as a bright-eyed, curly-topped, dimpl(...)

Maximilian Schell, the ruggedly handsome Austrian-born actor who won an Academy Award for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg, died early last Saturday (...)

Taylor Mac: A 20th-Century Concert AbridgedSmock Alley Theatre****“This is not a regular concert,” Taylor Mac reminds us halfway through the evening.(...)

Pandora Panti Bliss

Rehearsal spaces aren’t very fabulous. Upstairs in a building on Marlborough Place in Dublin, next door to Barney’s Amusements and a glance away from (...)

Deanna Durbin  in May 1939 with her first husband Vaughn Paul in the clubhouse of Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Photograph: AP
Obituary: Deanna Durbin

When a teenage Deanna Durbin appeared on screen in the 1930s, in a decorous white dress, singing with a bell-like purity, audiences sighed cont(...)

Thousands  of cheering people held parties last night across Britain - including in  Brixton in south London (above)  -  to 'celebrate' the death of Margaret Thatcher.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The death of Margaret Thatcher could propel The Wizard Of Oz track Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead into the top 40 of the British singles chart. (...)