Untold Stories of Hollywood. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, As Samuel Pepys would have told you, don’t look to the leading ladies and gentlemen in history for the truth. You want to know about Cleopatra’s amours? Ask a handmaiden. Henry VIIIs temper? Ask the fool. The same … Continue reading

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For Love Not Money. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, There truly is no place like home and London has been my home for part or all of the year since I was 16 doing work experience for Country Living’s fashion editor Robert Burgess. Funnily enough I had an … Continue reading

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Costume Drama. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, Heading back to London after a really rather lovely sojourn in Derbyshire for Christmas and pondering how heroic parents of young children are. We’ve got a dad travelling on his own with two very young daughters sharing my … Continue reading

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Hell Raisers. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, Farewell to two Hollywood legends last weekend: the lovely, legendary Joan Fontaine of Rebecca fame and one of the most beautiful men of his generation Peter O’Toole. As Noël Coward said of O’Toole’s most famous role, ‘if he were … Continue reading

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What Would Pola Do? July 2013.

Dear Rowley, Can you remember my telling you I’d been to see a fabulous new musical at the Arts Theatre earlier this year called The Tailor Made Man all about 20s movie idol Billy Haines and his spectacular fall from … Continue reading

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