Bombshell. October 2016.

Dear Rowley, When the 20th century’s most famous blonde, Marilyn Monroe, died in mysterious circumstances in her Brentwood home it emerged she had willed her estate to acting coach Lee Strasberg. In 1999 Christie’s sold all of the gowns, furs, … Continue reading

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Cash & Cary. March 2016.

Dear Rowley, One of the benefits of living in Bloomsbury is that you’re never far from history in the making. Last week, for instance, Rupert Murdock and Jerry Hall’s wedding was blessed at the journalists’ church of St Brides, Fleet … Continue reading

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Taking Liberties. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, In 2014 Broadway legend Elaine Stritch stepped into the follow spot in the sky aged eighty-nine having clocked-up over seventy-years in show business. Unusually for an actress, she saved her best almost to the last in a one-woman … Continue reading

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A Life In Cartoon Motion. February 2015.

Dear Rowley, The spectre of Comic Relief is upon us once again and various ‘national treasure’ comedians are exhorting Britain to ‘do something funny for money’. In my youth doing something funny for money was definitely not to be encouraged … Continue reading

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The Monroe Doctrine. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, Can Strictly Come Dancing’s opening numbers get any camper? I’m just watching a hoedown number with all the boys in spray-on denim and cowboy boots and all the gals in pink gingham. Well, as Julian and Sandy would … Continue reading

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