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Monday headlines: Russia's IT girls, WAGS, Palin on SNL, image consultants, Anna Friel

wags.jpgFirst up we have the glorious Victoria Coren in the Guardian defending the WAGS against bitchy women journos who'd put words into their mouths. "Their message is: even when your husband is so rich and famous that you could sit on your arse all day at no loss to your standard of living, you should still pursue your own goals."

In a similar vein (do two stories constitute a theme?) a story about Russian women. They're not always associated with style - but all that's changing. There's a new wave of super-rich IT girls over there, and they're all about independent financial means. It's a start, I guess...

And we've all seen Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live by now, but here's some analysis of the rap (and a clip)...

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Women in theatre

Top 5 female musical stars

On The Today show the're asking 'Just what is it that inspires such devotion to The Sound of Music?' But why stop there? All the hit musicals have a huge, slightly scary following (including Dollymix - we looked at the various people who'd played Nancy in Oliver in-depth on this blog back in June). Nancy and Maria we all know about; but who are the other great female parts? And who played them well in the classic film versions? Dollymix has the answers.

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Celebrities

Sue Perkins wins Maestro

perks.jpgWe're pretty chuffed that Sue won Maestro. She's a Dollymix hero and an absolute star who deserves all the success she can get. Judge Dominic Seldis told Sue: ‘I can’t believe what I’ve witnessed. You made conducting Beethoven look easy. Extraordinary.’ We always love her on everything, so we actually jumped out of chair and clapped at the moment she found out...

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Movies

Women comedy film makers wanted!

bev.jpgAre you funny? Would you like to make a film? Are you a woman? Are you still reading these ceaseless questions, sort of wishing this would end soon? There's a new scheme called The Last Laugh, which will give up to 15 writers and performers the opportunity to attend a three-day residential retreat to work on their ideas...


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Celebrities

Sarah Silverman to play UK gig

sarahs.jpgDollymix loves Sarah Silverman! Everyone loves (or 'hearts' as the kids are saying, inexplicably) Sarah Silverman. So imagine our delight when we learned that she's going to be playing a UK gig on October 19th. She'll be at the Hammersmith Apollo - but if you miss it, her film, Jesus Is Magic, has just had a limited cinema release in the UK - and will be released on DVD on October 20th. Sweet. Silverman tickets may be purchased here and cost £35 and £42. Leave one for me. Check out Sarah in action over the page!

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Funny Women

Women at the Edinburgh Fringe - Joan Rivers

joanrivers.jpgDon't be put off by the unwieldy title, "Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress by a Life In Progress" - just remember it's Joan! Joan Rivers! She's superbly funny and brilliant and cropping up more and more on our screens these days, (you might have seen Joan's controversial performance on Loose Women and she was easily the best 'celebrity hijacker' on January's Big Brother.) Joan is only on till Monday. So get to the Udderbelly (0844 545 8252) and pay your £25. Oh and, here's a review.

Women in theatre

Women at the Edinburgh Fringe: Britt Ekland

britt.jpgWho doesn't love Britt?

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Women in theatre

Isn't Fiona Shaw brilliant?

fionashaw.jpgI've loved Fiona Shaw since I saw her in Three Men and a Little Lady. A great comic actress, but an even greater tragic one, as we saw from her brilliant performance as Richard II in the strange, spare, and wonderful film of the Shakespeare play (also unexpectedly starring the curly-haired one from Green Wing.) She's probably better known these days as 'Aunt Petunia' in the Harry Potter films, but this belies the fact that Fiona Shaw is a proper actress. She can be seen on stage as much as screen, playing (among other things) Celia in As You Like It, Hedda Gabler, Miss Jean Brodie and - memorably - Medea in 2000. And she's a director too. So you know what I think, but don't take my word for it - check out the overleaf. I've found a clip of her discussing her role as Winnie in Samuel Becket's 'Happy Days'.

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Women at the Edinburgh Fringe: Janey Godley wins 'funniest woman' prize

jgod.jpgJaney Godley has been presented with the £1,000 Nivea Funny Women Fringe Award for her Pleasance Show 'Domestic Godley'. Award producer Lynn Parker said: 'Janey Godley is quite simply one of the most prolific and extraordinary stand-up comedians working in the UK today, and represents the real spirit of the Fringe.'

Godley herself commented: 'Women who choose comedy as a career have significant challenges ahead. I am very happy to have won the award.'

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Women at the Edinburgh Festival: Ruby Wax

rubywax.jpgHave you been following Ruby Wax, like, forever? I got in bed with her when she tried on Madonna's bra; I tuned into her performance as futuristic news anchor "Blaize Falconburger" on the Red Dwarf episode Timeslides and loved her in Ab Fab. Whatever she does, Ruby's brash, warm and very funny indeed. But they say wit always comes at a price, and this new Edinburgh show hints at a dark source to her humour. Growing up an only child in Illinois, her mother used to wrap everything in plastic...

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