Showbiz

Tributes paid to comedy legend Joan Rivers

By Daniel Easterman and Sophie Lipton, September 5, 2014

The entertainment world has paid tribute to comedian Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81.

Her career in showbusiness spanned five decades.

Until last month she appeared healthy and energetic but suffered cardiac arrest during a medical procedure last week. Ms Rivers' daughter, Melissa, announced her death on Thursday night.

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Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall dies

By Charlotte Oliver, August 13, 2014

Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, who was considered one of the last remaining icons of cinema’s golden age, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.

The actress reportedly suffered a stroke at her home in New York in the early hours of the morning.

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It's even war in Tinseltown as stars try out Gaza soundbites - and get bitten

By Tom Tugend, August 7, 2014

"Rule 1: talk about anything in Hollywood … except Gaza" read a headline in the Hollywood Reporter last week.

In the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, meanwhile, entertainment columnist Danielle Berrin noted that "prominent entertainment industry leaders, who have raised money for Israel and accepted awards from pro-Israel organisations in the past, have not been heard from".

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Suzy Menkes has always been in fashion, but now she's totally in Vogue

By Sandy Rashty, July 31, 2014

A fashionable 15 minutes late for our interview, Suzy Menkes arrives at her surprisingly modestly-sized office at Condé Nast International near Regent Street, trademark high quiff in place and clutching two stylish but practical Longchamp bags.

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Anger as One Direction are in two minds over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

Two members of the One Direction boy band have split opinion over the war in Gaza.

Singer Zayn Malik was challenged by Israeli fans after he tweeted “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers.

His message has been retweeted around 150,000 times by Monday afternoon.

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My Brent Cross Walk of Naches

By Vanessa Feltz, July 17, 2014

I used to consider myself a veteran and accomplished schapper of naches. After all I have two exquisite daughters - one a lawyer, one a teacher - and have been suffused hourly in essence of nachus for the past 28 years. Kvelling is, literally, my middle name - Vanessa Jane Rochel Mindel Kvelling Feltz.

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When the wrestler met the Conservative MP

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

What do a Jewish MP and a professional wrestler have in common? Quite a lot it turns out.

In one of the more bizarre and unexpected of Westminster’s many meetings and debates, Conservative MP Lee Scott took part in a discussion with prominent Jewish American wrestler, Robbie E.

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Buzzed off

July 10, 2014

Another article aimed at British Jews has appeared on the Buzzfeed site.

18 Words That Mean Something Totally Different When You're A British Jew features all the stereotypes we've come to expect.

"North west London", check. "Harry Styles", check. "Beck", check.

The JC also gets a mention. Apparently we are the "British Jewish version of Hello!".

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Never the twain shall meet

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

This week, I went where few modern Jewish girls have gone before - to east London on a Tuesday night.

I gave up my pre-planned Netflix-filled evening to hang with gig-goers in Shoreditch.

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A day at the races? No, we’re filming a BBC thriller about the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

I’m on set with the stars of the BBC’s latest political thriller, The Honourable Woman, which deals with the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the lives of the Stein family. As the story goes, the Steins once ran a lucrative Zionist arms procurement company under the watch of patriarch Eli Stein, who came to Britain as a Holocaust refugee in 1939.

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