Celebrity

Going to the wall: ‘Jane Avril’, 1899, by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Lautrec often made the stars in his posters look appalling – but they kept coming back

20 October 2018 9:00 am

You don’t need to be much of a psychologist to understand the trajectory of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Born to aristocratic…

Joan Collins: The celebrity trend I just can’t stand

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Not only are today’s young girls having to work hard on their abs, butts and glutes, now the likes of…

Lizzie Bennet is catapulted to America

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel Eligible is a page-turning romantic comedy which is very funny and entirely ridiculous: each of the short…

‘Wanna come to Prince’s house?’

30 April 2016 9:00 am

This is only interesting, well a bit interesting, because the poor man died last Thursday and for a few short…

The new Wheeler’s is the worst thing Marco Pierre White has ever done

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Wheeler’s is such a dreadful restaurant that I wonder if Marco Pierre White even knows his name is on it.…

Dear Mary: my niece hasn’t returned the small sum I lent her

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Q. My niece, who came to stay with me in the country for the weekend, arrived without cash and asked…

Le Caprice is trying to bring back the 1980s (unsuccessfully)

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Le Caprice is a monochrome patch of the 1980s behind the Ritz Hotel, in the part of St James’s that…

Barry Humphries’s diary: My war with ‘Wow!’

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m counting ‘Wows!’ Suddenly everyone is using this irritating expletive expressing incredulity, amazement and nothing at all. I’ve heard it…

John Lennon’s desert island luxury

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Beatlebone is an account of a journey, a psychedelic odyssey, its protagonist — at times its narrator — John Lennon,…

Breast-feeding isn't always best

29 August 2015 9:00 am

How should a new mother feed her baby? You might well imagine that was up to her. While some mothers…

Rachel Johnson’s diary: Why I told my book party I was coming out as a lesbian

27 June 2015 9:00 am

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books…

Dear Mary: My husband has shaved his head for a newspaper feature

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Q. My partner, a leading political commentator on a national newspaper, recently agreed to shave off his hair at the…

The new Ivy doesn’t have the old magic (if there ever was any)

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The Ivy is a Playmobil-style faux-medieval restaurant in a triangular building opposite The Mousetrap; of the two, The Ivy is…

By, with, of and for Kim Kardashian — keeping up with Kulture

30 May 2015 9:00 am

The almond eyes that rise towards their outer edges. The cheekbones that curve down to the corners of those upholstered…

Whose hair are you buying?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Perhaps you recall the moment in Les Misérables when Fantine chops off all her hair? The destitute young mother sells…

‘About time too!’: Joan Collins curtseys to Prince Charles

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The day of my investiture at Buckingham Palace dawned bringing freezing rain and fierce winds, which lashed at the windows…

David Starkey’s diary: Why don’t we celebrate the triumphs of private dentistry?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

To the dentist. And for an extraction. I hadn’t had a tooth out in decades. But the twinges when I…

My moment of mortification with Saint Joan Collins

14 February 2015 9:00 am

I did a film with Dame Joan Collins once. No no, not The Stud. It wasn’t as good as that.…

Dear Mary solves problems for Jim Broadbent, N.M. Gwynne, Jesse Norman and others

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Once again Mary has invited some of her favourite figures in the public eye to submit personal queries for her…

The perils of being a posh boy on the telly

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The first time it happened was at the cinema. I was queuing for my ticket-for-one when the woman behind me…

Bob Marley: from reggae icon to Marlboro Man of marijuana

29 November 2014 9:00 am

A kind of political correctness dictates that one should not be too hard on Bob Marley, who died of cancer…

Richard Madeley’s diary: Forgetting Tom Conti’s name, and other harrowing experiences

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Oh God, it’s happened again. Another evening where I’m surrounded by people I know personally or have interviewed, and I…

Griff Rhys Jones’s diary: I am now less of a celebrity than my daughter’s dog

25 October 2014 9:00 am

In order to promote the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival, I am trying to persuade Jason Morell, the director, that…

Want a fun job? You just have to pick the right parents

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Recently one morning, as I was weeping over Caitlin Moran’s (daughter of Mr and Mrs Moran of Wolverhampton) brilliant book…

At the Chiltern Firehouse, smugness should be on the menu

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Here then is Gatsby’s house, after an invasion by the Daily Mail. It is called the Chiltern Firehouse. It is…