The stars were out in force last night for the Oscars. Here are some of our favorite moments & winners.
The stars were out in force last night for the Oscars. Here are some of our favorite moments & winners.
Janine Duvitski is a ‘classic’ in every sense of the word, which is evident from her first appearance on stage in her youth, to her subsequent success as a National Treasure.
Janine was born in the fifties and always wanted to be an Actress. She unconsciously pioneered the ‘Law of Attraction’ as at a very early age, where at the age of 10 she created a secret ‘wish box’ which held her dreams as an adult which were to have a successful career in acting, a house in the centre of London, to be married to an actor and have six children. She has achieved all of them. She lives in a four story house in the centre of Holborn, is married to Actor Paul Bentall, has four children of her own with Paul and two step-children, and the rest is history, with her amazing acting career spanning four decades.
A true ‘classic’ in every sense, there were no short cuts for Janine as she auditioned for East Fifteen Acting School at the age of 17 and honed her craft for three years, coming through with flying colours. On leaving drama school Janine went into rep, and was then discovered by ground breaking television Director, Alan Clarke who gave her the lead in a revolutionary TV Drama, Diane, telling the harrowing story of a young girl who had been sexually abused by her father and who had subsequently born his child.
The play was eventually televised amidst public reproach in spite of efforts to prevent it reaching the public. But Janine was well on her way, and the legendary Mike Leigh was soon to give her the break she had been waiting for. Abigail’s party was everything Janine needed to portray all of her strengths as an actor, a role she created with Mike Leigh alongside the other actors, through improvisation and one that carried her through to give her the recognition she deserved.
Janine then went on to perform at the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic, with stunning reviews alongside contemporaries like Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith.
She was also in demand for feature films and national television, and starred in well-known TV series such as Waiting for God and One Foot in the Grave as well as movies such as Dracula, starring opposite Sir Lawrence Oliver.
Janine has also had success with her daughter Ruby Bentall becoming a successful actor and Edith Bentall who is well on her way to music fame as a singer-songwriter.
Janine has been appearing in Benidorm from 2007-2019 as the lovable Jacqueline, a middle aged swinger who moves to Spain to improve her marriage, with hilarious consequences. Janine’s comedic and natural talent has become legendary, for which she has achieved public acclaim.
So what is next for Janine? Having spoken to her in her backstage at the Palladium where she is starring opposite Nigel Havers and Julian Clary in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, she is excited at the possibilities for the future and is open to offers that are already on the table for film, theatre and television.
Janine Duvitski is a ‘classic’ in every sense, and I have a feeling her ‘wish box’ is not yet complete as she embarks on the next exciting chapter in her career and reveals even more of her infinite talents.
I think most of us by now will have seen the hilarious video posted on YouTube for World Mental Health Day with Prince Harry and and Ed Sheeran faking a misunderstanding about being ginger. A brilliant introduction into the very serious issues surrounding us today around mental health.
As more and more famous people come out to tell their story of dealing with anxiety and depression and with the shocking suicide of stars like Robin Williams through mental health, it has now become apparent that we need to tackle mental health issues head on and not sweep them under the carpet.
Don’t hide anxiety and depression away, discuss it openly, take measures to combat it and even if it does not disappear completely you will have it under control, and most importantly of all – know that you are not alone.
As cliché as it sounds, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is a wise old saying but very true in this case, as it has been a stigma for so many years to discuss our individual mental health issues almost as if we will be excluded if we do. Perhaps it is inherited memory of a time when that was the case, but far from true today.
The pressures are such that it is almost unthinkable not to have the latest iphone or laptop or to be constantly on social media, so much so that we are forced onto a hamster wheel of ‘success’ and ‘achievement’, with some of the old values of human interaction being thrown out with the bath water. But it is good to talk.
The key to dealing with the ‘demon’ of our society is to listen to each other without judgement, and listen also to ourselves. There may be no apparent reason why many of us are suffering, some of the most anxious and depressed people appear to have everything, a beautiful family, friends, successful career and some are extremely wealthy. There is no rhyme or reason and Mental illness does not discriminate.
Another wonderful video put together by both Royals and Celebrities is EVERY MIND MATTERS, which is a new online initiative to help all of us deal with our individual mental health concerns and help us make a plan to manage them so that we know we are in this together.
Debbie has enjoyed a successful career as an actress in television, film and theatre. She has the dubious honour of being the only actress in the UK who has appeared in every major TV soap in the last 30 years as a regular character! And recently returned to ‘Coronation Street’ as yet another character – Carole Evans, landlady of the Weatherfield Arms.
Debbie is now playing another very important role, as Mother of the Bride to her eldest daughter Ciara. As the Wedding approaches, Debbie takes action into ensuring she looks and feels her very best on this very important day.
“Well as the big day approached the things that started worrying me about my body were my décolletage, which now was looking very crepey and my baby ‘flap’- Those of you who’ve had caesareans in the past – or any gyne ops – will know this one! It’s when your skin suddenly ‘flaps’ over your scar and your previously flat lower tummy looks quite horrendous!! It’s invisible in clothes and bikinis but its there……and it’s really unsightly. So obviously I’m not looking at a tummy tuck – but this has come with age and gravity and I wanted to see what if anything could be done.
With these 2 issues I went to see my lovely friend of many years the fabulous Lesley Reynolds at the Harley Street Skin Clinic. Lesley really is a magician – she knows everything there is about skin treatments – without a doubt she’s the UKs top beauty guru! She told me yes both were possible in my 3 month time frame before the wedding and ushered me quickly to see Dr Aamer who prescribed miso and light therapy for my décolletage and Onda for my tummy.
I’m not posting any pictures of my chest or tummy in this post because I’ve been told that I need to wait for another 6 weeks till the true results are visible but let me tell you already I’m thrilled!
The décolletage treatment is mesotherapy which is a technique that uses injections of vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and plant extracts to rejuvenate and tighten skin. I love it on my face but never had it on my chest. Some people have numbing cream but I chose not to then afterwards you have light therapy. All this works together for astounding results!
Then Onda… what can I tell you – it’s a magic wand that the practitioner runs over your wobbly bits – it goes hot then cold. It’s not at all invasive or vaguely uncomfortable which is why I’m so impressed with the results. Works brilliantly with cellulite and tightens skin but it’s almost made my baby flap disappear! Will post pics in 6 weeks. I’m still astonished! Maybe I’ll try the cellulite Onda treatment next!”
4 x Sessions of Onda Coolwave on the lower abdomen for skin tightening.
4 x sessions of Mesotherapy for the décolletage area for skin rejuvenation
This is how I looked on my daughter’s wedding day – such brilliant treatments!
Check out the full range of treatments available www.harleystreetskinclinic.com
Check out Debbie’s website here https://debbiearnold.com
As someone from a family who made their name from turning puppets into people, I feel I am somewhat qualified to comment on the accusations that are flying about the recent member of our Royal Family, Meghan Markle, who is being accused of turning her husband Prince Harry into a puppet.
I have just watched yet another damming comment on the Duchess from an aging presenter on breakfast television who in my book is hacked off because Meghan won’t play the media game with him, and yet accuses her of adopting a Kardashian type lifestyle – isn’t that a bit of a contradiction?
Don’t know about you, but I am horrified with the way this woman is attacked on every level and seemingly can’t get anything right!
Meghan’s heritage is certainly part of the problem with the older generation of traditionalists, as someone who has met employees from the Palace, know that they are more conscious of class and race than the Royals themselves.
I recently met another opponent who had been a strong contender for a high profile role similar to Meghan’s, and who will remain unnamed, but who criticised Meghan mercilessly for her influence on Prince Harry. But as with all of her enemies, I feel that they all have their own agenda and just wish they were in her shoes. It does seem significant that Meghan is now the same age as Princess Diana when she died, and so seems to be picking up the mantle and that includes the public reproach.
I was relieved to see Dame Helen Mirren had Meghan’s back in a recent interview and stated that the Duchess was playing out her difficult role with great dignity. A statement I would wholeheartedly support, as she is on an impossible assignment, and one she is carrying out with enormous strength, despite constant criticism and attack from her opposition.
The fact that she is well into her pregnancy, she has had vile attack from her own family members, especially her invidious half-sister who looks more like an evil character from an aesop fable than a loving sibling, Meghan is still standing and persists in her quest to make a difference in the World.
If Prince Harry has matured and is now in love with a woman who shares the same values as he. After all he has also been on the firing line in Afghanistan in a similar way to his wife, and understands how that feels when being attacked on all sides in an endeavour to wipe him out.
So it must be a joy for them both to share the same agenda and fight their oppressors together. So whether it be climate change, the homeless or for the good of the Planet, it is true that the millennia generation are far more engaged and on a mission, and thankfully have Harry and Meghan as leaders to fight their cause.