A heartfelt letter from Hollywood's Fair Lady, Audrey Hepburn, to her Irish stepmother is to go under the hammer in Boston this week.
The letter was written in 1981, in the midst of Hepburn's drawn out divorce from her second husband and the father of her son Luca, Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.
The couple tied the knot in Morges, Switzerland in 1969 and divorced 13 years later following a string of infidelities.
Addressed to the actress's step mother, Fidelma Hepburn, the four page letter, along with the original envelope, details the emotional turmoil the actress is going through.
"I am in the middle of the divorce, all so sad and wearing, how I prayed it would never come to this!" Hepburn writes.
"Now I long for it all to be over."
Hepburn's father, Anthony Hepburn-Ruston - a Czech fascist - moved to Ireland in the wake of World War II and fell for Fidelma Walshe - a woman 30 years his junior.
The couple lived together on Sydenham Road in Ballsbridge until Hepburn-Ruston's death in 1980.
"I can understand how sad and empty you must feel," Hepburn continues.
Hepburn had a strained relationship with her father but was close to her Irish stepmother.
The letter will be auctioned by Boston-based company RR Auction on March 20.
It has a minimum reserve of $1,000-$2,000 but vice president of RR Auctions, Bobby Livingstone, believes it will go for a higher sum.
In Norway, on July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik carried out his meticulously planned assault on his own country. Seventy-seven people, mostly teenagers, died and many more were seriously injured on that day. Breivik was very annoyed at any suggestion that he was insane. After years chronicling murderous struggles in other lands, including the best-selling Bookseller of Kabul, Norwegian journalist and author Asne Seierstad turns her meticulous mind on a horror much closer to home.
Last month, Mary Portas, aka the Queen of Shops, hit the headlines with a bang. It was nothing unusual for the glamorous redhead, who had first come to public attention thanks to her crusade to save the high street and appeared to the world as nothing less than a character from the hit comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. But this time, the focus was firmly on the family arrangements of the TV star.
Theatre & Arts
The ads on RTE for God Bless the Child describe Frank O'Connor as "Ireland's master storyteller". And yet nobody reads him, do they? Never mind, there's a chance to see his work in Patrick Talbot's adaptation of three short stories into a play called God Bless the Child. Last year, it sold out at The Everyman in Cork.