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Branson and JK are role models

Richard Branson and author JK Rowling have topped a poll of famous faces who mothers would choose as the best role model for their children.

The Virgin boss scooped 15pc of the vote while Harry Potter creator Rowling secured 11pc when British mothers were asked which person they would most like their offspring to grow up to be like.

Chef Jamie Oliver came third with 10pc and US president Barack Obama in fourth with 8pc.

Vanessa tells of her grief

Actress Vanessa Redgrave has told how she is grieving over the deaths of her sister and daughter, but also "glorying" in their memory.

She made the remarks on American TV following the death from cancer of her sister Lynn earlier this month.

Redgrave's eldest daughter, Natasha Richardson, wife of Liam Neeson, died in March 2009 from head injuries suffered during a skiing accident.

The acclaimed acting family also suffered the recent loss of Vanessa's older brother, Corin.

Dead model's ex sells outfits

Anna Nicole Smith's former boyfriend is unloading 250 personal belongings from her estate at a Las Vegas auction.

The items Larry Birkhead is auctioning include outfits worn by the late model, paintings and a collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.

Birkhead says it cost more than $100,000 to store Smith's things for three years so it makes sense to get rid of some. The former Playboy Playmate of the Year died in 2007.

Pal Sue gives

Emin a shiner

Tracey Emin has shown off her latest creation -- a black eye.

The artist sported blackened features below her right eye at a party in London's Mayfair last night, and revealed the cause was accidental.

A source said Emin had sustained the bruise during a "play fight" in the back of a cab with pal Sue Webster.

They said: "It was laughed off at the time and neither expected it to leave quite such a bad mark." The pair remained in good spirits, with Emin spotted hugging Webster at the party.