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Everyone is sobbing over this devastating new Princess Diana doc
The Crown and the recent movie, Spencer, didn’t offer enough of an insight into the life of the late Princess Diana, prepare yourself for a more factual exploration of her years in the limelight.A new documentary, The Princess, made by Ed Perkins, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s turned into one of the festival’s big talking points.The doc includes no interviews or voiceovers, and instead stitches together hundreds of pieces of media footage from Diana’s life, pretty much from the time she became engaged to Charles, the Prince of Wales, in 1981.Related: Sarah Ferguson just threw the entire royal family under the bus… then got hit by the bus herselfThe footage, some of which would appear shocking to today’s audiences, includes a newsreader talking of why the 19-year-old Diana was a suitable match for the 32-year-old heir to the British throne, adding her family had “vouched for her virginity.”Other footage includes how wedding fever swept the UK … although one off-the-ball pundit predicted the paparazzi would no longer be interested in Diana after her wedding day (talk about getting it wrong!).The documentary traces Diana’s life in the limelight, up until her death in 1997 in a car crash in Paris.Related: Meghan Markle speaks out against royal family and doesn’t mince her wordsMost of the reviews of the The Princess have been favorable, with it scoring 82% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing.
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April Ashley: Inside life of Britain's first transgender pioneer - from slums to Vogue
Pride programmes celebrating the LGBT community saw the story of April Ashley told, detailing how she became one of the UK's most prominent transgender equality campaigners.The Extraordinary Life of April Ashley took viewers back to her gritty upbringing in Liverpool's slums, through to starring in films, modelling for British Vogue and her controversial divorce court battle.Ashley, who died last year at the age of 86, became one of the first people in Britain known to have gone through gender reassignment surgery, in what proved to be a painful procedure abroad, after she was outed in the press.The documentary, which aired at 10pm on Monday July 4, was designed to “take the audience inside the intimate reality of the transgender experience” and explored how Ashley “paved the way for future generations of transgender people”, according to Channel 4.April Ashley was a transgender model, dancer, restaurant owner and equalities campaigner who was involved in the landmark divorce trial Corbett v Corbett.Born George Jamieson in Liverpool, Ashley suffered from calcium deficiency during her childhood and required weekly injections at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the city’s West Derby area.Her obituary in The Telegraph suggests she knew at 15 she wanted to become a woman but signed-up with the Merchant Navy a year later, only to be given an dishonourable discharge after an alleged suicide attempt.At the age of 25, after embarking on a career in Paris as a part of a drag cabaret act, Ashley went to Morocco where she had gender reassignment surgery.She returned to Britain and became a successful fashion model, appearing in British Vogue for which she was photographed by David Bailey.Ashley also won a small role in the '60s
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Kim Cattrall reunites with other Sex And The City crew absent from sequel
A post shared by Variety (@variety) Yesterday, Variety published a big interview with Kim Cattrall in which she talked about her career, her decision to step away from Sex And The City, and how she was never asked to take part in the show’s sequel, And Just Like That…She clearly had no regrets about her decision, saying, “Can you imagine going back to a job you did 25 years ago? And the job didn’t get easier; it got more complicated in the sense of how are you going to progress with these characters? Everything has to grow, or it dies.”Related: Fire up the teapot, Kim Cattrall just broke her silence on ‘And Just Like That’The interview coincided with Cattrall receiving one of the magazine’s Power of Women awards, which was presented to her last night at a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles.It surely can’t be a coincidence that Cattrall was accompanied to the awards event by three other people closely linked to Sex And The City who were also not involved with the sequel.These were: author Candace Bushnell, on whose book Sex And The City was based; stylist and designer Patricia Field, who was behind so many of the clothing choices the characters wore, and series creator Darren Star, who has since moved on to success with other shows, such as Emily In Paris.“It means everything. We spent over 25 years of our lives together,” Cattrall told Variety of attending the event with her longtime friends and collaborators.During her acceptance speech, she also thanked the three personally.Kim Cattrall thanks #SexAndTheCity collaborators Candace Bushnell, Darren Star and Patricia Fields during her acceptance speech at Variety #PowerOfWomen presented by @lifetimetv.
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