• Escape to Alcatraz: guided tours of 'the Rock'

    In the three decades until 1963 - the time it served as a maximum security prison - many hardened criminals passed through the doors at Alcatraz, convicted of crimes from espionage to murder. Many were never to leave again. The prison's most famous real-life in-mates include Al Capone, George 'Machine Gun' Kelly and Robert Stroud, better known as 'the Birdman of Alcatraz', and brought to life by Burt Lancaster in the Hollywood classic of the same name back in 1962. Many other star actors have also 'done time' within the federal prison including Clint Eastwood, Nicolas Cage and Sean

  • Glowing and happy: Michael Douglas is picture of health on family hols

    Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas: A lasting love It's a picture that will warm his fans' hearts. With a sparkle in his eye and a huge smile on his face, Michael Douglas looks fitter and healthier than he has done in months. The actor's glowing appearance came during a family outing with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their children Dylan, ten and seven-year-old Carys. And they couldn't have looked happier as they posed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disney World, Florida. After months of gruelling treatment for throat cancer Michael seems to be getting his sparkle back. "I'll beat this. The

  • All grown up: poised Malia Obama is the mirror image of stylish mum Michelle

    When Malia Obama was photographed alongside her father at his presidential inauguration in January 2009, she was a fresh-faced ten-year-old child. Pictured by her dad's side during a rose garden ceremony at the White House this week, that same little girl had transformed into a poised and elegant young woman. Now a statuesque 12-year-old, Malia is showing an uncanny resemblance to her stylish mum Michelle. And she appeared calm and considered as she made an appearance with younger sister Sasha as one of Mr Obama's "two trusty assistants" at the annual pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey. Click on photo for gallery To laughter from

  • Miracle babies: The Travoltas lead celebrity parents overcoming adversity to experience family joy

    No one can help but be moved by John Travolta and Kelly Preston's recent baby news. After tragedy struck and their 16-year-old son Jett died in 2009, they conceived a sibling for their daughter Ella. "This is a miracle, and we feel blessed," said the couple. The new baby was all the more exciting given that Kelly is 48 and the Hollywood heavyweight is 56. Their much-needed joy came in the form of a little boy called Benjamin, born in November this year. And, of course, this heart-warming story is echoed across Hollywood with many couples going through similar circumstances. Click on the photo

  • 'I'm a Celebrity': Could Gillian McKeith's jungle nightmare soon come to an end?

    Gillian McKeith has been making headlines on I'm a Celebrity since she entered the jungle. From her erratic behaviour – she reportedly shouted "I'm pregnant" in a bid to avoid jungle jail – to whether she really fainted or not. The nation's viewers are gripped. But could her time on the show be coming to an end? Click on photos for gallery The contestants are gearing up for an eviction in Thursday night's edition of the show, and Gillian is one of the frontrunners to be sent home. The nutritionist is up against Stacey Solomon, Dom Joly, Sheryl Gascoyne, Lembit Opik and Shaun Ryder.

  • The Queen embraces tradition on five-day state visit to the Middle East

    Fresh from the excitement of her grandson’s wedding announcement, Queen Elizabeth II touched down in Abu-Dhabi on a five-day state visit to the region. As preparations for William's big day got underway back home, the busy 84-year-old looked to strengthen ties between the UK and the Gulf states, and was joined by her son Prince Andrew along the way. Click on photo for

  • They're grrreat: Naomi and Leo charm Mr Putin at tiger summit

    She's already got one manly Russian charmed – her handsome billionaire partner Vladislav Doronin. And Naomi Campbell's enduring beauty also seemed to have a notable effect on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a summit on saving the world's dwindling tiger population. At the St Petersburg event the Russian premier had warm words for another celebrity too. He praised Leonardo DiCaprio for continuing with the trip after his original flight from New York was forced to make an emergency landing.  Mr Putin - who has reputation as a hard man for his action-filled holidays and love of judo - described the actor as "a

  • Audrey Hepburn named most iconic beauty of all time in Big British Beauty Poll

    It’s one of the biggest beauty polls ever conducted in the UK. More than 20,000 women, aged between 18 and 65, jumped at the chance to air their views on everything - from Botox and cosmetic surgery to spending habits and ultimate beauty icons – in a special survey conducted by Olay. And now the results are in, and they give some interesting insights into what British women really think about beauty… Iconic beauty Ladies voted in their droves to name classic starlet Audrey Hepburn the most iconic beauty of all time. She was followed by Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren,

  • First look at the 'moody' new video for Cheryl Cole's emotive power ballad

    Here's Cheryl Cole as you've never seen her before in her solo guise – down tempo, and belting out a power ballad in the emotive video for her new single The Flood. In the video the Geordie beauty is pictured alone in a remote cottage overlooking a stormy ocean. She's also filmed lighting a candle and as a sad mermaid at the bottom of the sea. The Flood is the second single to be released from Cheryl's new album Messy Little Raindrops. It's out on January

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