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“I’ll make movies until I make babies. I have no idea when the handover will happen.”

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“My virginity was a big deal, my braces were a big deal – all because I was America’s sweetheart.”

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“I think my mother wasn’t very comfortable with being in the wrong. And she wasn’t in the wrong, it was just something that happened. Everyone fucks up all the time. You get different moments to be good and bad, and making up for what you did is a long road.”

Dolly Wells on her father, John: ‘Why didn’t he tell me? I’d like to tap on his grave and ask’
The Observer, May 31, 2015

The writer and actor Dolly Wells is speaking earnestly about parenting – how she admires non-parents, how her children (Elsie, 13, and Ezra, 10) are her most acute critics – while we sit in a Brooklyn restaurant near her home. “I had expected to have children quite young,” she is saying.

Our intense interview – which has included the 43-year-old Londoner talking for the first time about discovering, in her late teens, that her stepfather, the satirist and actor John Wells, was actually her biological father – has been accompanied throughout by a relentless battery of 80s power ballads. We are currently immersed in Foreigner at their most plaintive:

“I’ve travelled so far / To change this lonely life…”

“I want to know what love is / I want you to show me…”

“It’s like we’re on a terrible date,” laughs Wells.

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Arts

Philip Seymour Hoffman: an actor first

The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

‘Blue,’ through lesbian eyes

The New York Times, November 6, 2013

How gay was Gore Vidal?

The Daily Beast, July 31, 2013

Book of Mormon: The South Park crew find God

The Times, March 16, 2011

The colourful life of Howard Hodgkin

The Times, March 22, 2008

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Style and fashion

A no-sweat work shirt? No sweat

The New York Times, December 19, 2013

The Biggie: a tainted status symbol

The New York Times, November 17, 2013

Eileen Ford: the woman who created the supermodel

The Times, March 17, 2012

Vidal Sassoon: Not bad for a hairdresser

The Times, August 21, 2010

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