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Tributes flood in for 'Lawrence of Arabia' star O'Toole

Tributes and tales of carousing poured in Monday after the death of legendary actor Peter O'Toole, whose hellraising antics could not outshine his star turn in Oscar-winning epic "Lawrence of Arabia". Actors, critics and politicians lined up to tell colourful stories about the Irish icon, who died on Saturday aged 81 after a lifetime of greatness on stage and screen -- and drink-fuelled chaos in the wings.

Factbox: Some of actress Joan Fontaine's movies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Jane Fontaine, who died on Sunday at age 96, appeared in some four dozen feature films during a career spanning four decades. The following is a list of some of her big-screen credits: * "Tender Is the Night" (1962) * "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1961) * "A Certain Smile" (1958) * "Until They Sail" (1957) * "Island in the Sun" (1957) * "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" (1956)

Peter O'Toole, hellraising star of 'Lawrence of Arabia'

Famed for his blazing blue eyes and drunken escapades, Peter O'Toole was a giant of the screen and stage whose performance in "Lawrence of Arabia" is often hailed as one of the greatest of all time. In a career spanning half a century, the Irish-born actor, who died on Saturday aged 81, lent his rich voice to the roles of kings and military heroes, as well as colourful hard-drinkers whose lives were rather closer to his own.

France's Depardieu to tread boards again

Gerard Depardieu will return to the stage for the first time in a decade in "Love Letters", a play favoured by busy stars with no time to learn their lines. Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Gibson, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver and Christopher Walken are among the big names who have previously taken on the roles of characters Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner. The play by American playwright A. R. Gurney explores the couple's decades-long relationship through their letters to each other.

France's Depardieu to tread boards again

French actor Gerard Depardieu is to make a return to the stage in a "Love Letters", a play favoured by busy stars with little time to learn their lines. Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Gibson, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver and Christopher Walken are among the big names who have previously taken on the roles of characters Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner. The play by American playrwight A. R. Gurney explores the couple's decades-long relationship through their letters to each other.

Cage aux Folles director Molinaro dies

French film director Edouard Molinaro, who directed the classic comedy "La Cage aux Folles", has died in Paris aged 85. A spokesman said he had succumbed to lung failure on Saturday while in hospital. French President Francois Hollande hailed Molinaro as "a great, endearing and original filmmaker" who "possessed the talent for attracting a wide audience to quality films". His greatest box-office hit was a 1978 screen adaptation of the high-farce "La Cage aux Folles," about a gay couple's attempt to pass themselves off as straight.

Expert tells jury Warhol portrait of Fawcett at centre of dispute is worth $12 million

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O'Neal is worth an estimated $12 million, an appraiser told a jury Friday. New York art appraiser Lee Drexler testified in a lawsuit by the University of Texas at Austin against the actor in which the school is seeking to gain possession of the Fawcett portrait for its art museum.

Guitar used by Bob Dylan to 'go electric' sets auction record

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when the acoustic troubadour shocked traditionalists with a set of rock and roll, sold for $965,000 on Friday, a world auction record for a guitar, Christie's said. The 1964 Fender Stratocaster, along with five song lyrics left on a private airplane by the songwriter and his band in the months after the Rhode Island festival, were part of six lots in a special sale of Dylan material in New York.

Ryan O'Neal defends taking ex-lover's Warhol picture

Veteran actor Ryan O'Neal defended Monday taking an Andy Warhol painting from the home of ex-lover Farrah Fawcett just after her 2009 death, as he gave evidence at a trial over the disputed canvas. The 72-year-old said the portrait of Fawcett belonged to him, but he had left it at her home because his new girlfriend "was uncomfortable with Farrah staring at her" from the wall at his own home.

Bob Dylan whips up tempest in return to 1966 London venue

(Note: Strong language in the 13th paragraph) By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Bob Dylan played London's Albert Hall this week for the first time since his fabled and tumultuous concerts there in 1966, his vitality and mystique intact five decades on since he revolutionized popular music.
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