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Six degrees

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am

Supermodel Kate Moss, continuing her fascination with edgy rock stars, walked down the aisle on July 1 with Jamie Hince, guitarist in moody garage-blues-punk band The Kills. The pair were introduced backstage at a Kills gig in 2007 by mutual friend Sadie Frost. La Moss is, of course, an exemplary role model for children, which is why she was the perfect choice as godmother to Iris, Frost's second-born with her ex-husband, fellow actor Jude Law ...

In addition to his celluloid career, Law has also campaigned for charitable causes, even making a documentary in Afghanistan with Peace One Day, a charity that promotes the idea of a worldwide day- long ceasefire (if you happen to be fighting a war, please note that it's September 21). Law attended London's prestigious Alleyn's School, whose alumni include another famous actor, with a rather different attitude to war and peace, Leslie Howard ...

A colourful character, the Gone with the Wind star was not only a notorious womaniser (he once said he didn't chase women, 'but couldn't always be bothered to run away'), he also had a shadowy role in the second world war, allegedly working for Allied intelligence. He was killed in 1943 when his plane, travelling from Portugal to England, was shot down by a German fighter aircraft. Among the numerous conspiracy theories about his death was one in which the aircraft was mistakenly targeted because the German pilot believed it was carrying Winston Churchill ...

Britain's wartime leader had a pithily cynical epigram on every subject; here he is, for example, on royalty: 'The monarchy is so extraordinarily useful. When Britain wins a battle she shouts, 'God save the Queen'; when she loses, she votes down the prime minister.' Fortunately Churchill's family was able to make the leap from the bad side of this equation to the good, when one of its members joined the royal family: Diana, Princess of Wales ...

The People's Princess, as a member of one of her native country's most established, privileged and powerful families, was probably a bit more 'princess' than 'people's'. She did, however, show the common touch by hobnobbing regularly with the people's modern equivalent of royalty, celebrities, including her good friend Elton John ...

The biggest-selling single of all time, John's tribute to Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, was actually a double A-side with the rather less well-known Something About the Way You Look Tonight. The latter song was dedicated to fashion designer Gianni Versace, who'd also died that year, as was its video - which starred various famous faces, including Kate Moss' (below).


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