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Sean Connery's 'crazy' Bedroom Antics


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Sir Sean Connery made ''crazy'' love to his wife 24 hours after they first met.

The 82-year-old actor embarked on a passionate affair with French artist Micheline Roquebrune - who he later wed in 1975 - while he was still married to Australian actress Diane Cilento, and Micheline will never forget their first time between the sheets.

Describing their first romantic tryst in March 1972 in France's Gala magazine, Micheline wrote: ''The key is in the door. He's reading a newspaper, lying down, naked. In one step, I jump on the bed, undo my leather belt and pretend to whip him with it while dancing.

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Playwright Michael Gow Pays Tribute To Diane Cilento


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Playwright Michael Gow has paid tribute to Diane Cilento following her death on Thursday (06Oct11), calling the actress "a performer to the end".

The Academy Award nominee, who was previously married to Bond star Sir Sean Connery, passed away at Australia's Cairns Base Hospital after a lengthy battle with ill health.

Gow, a close friend of the actress, reveals Cilento was in good spirits during a meal at the weekend (01-02Oct11) before her health deteriorated.

He tells ABC News, "She was a performer to the end, and she put on a great display for all the guests at that dinner.

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Diane Cilento Passes Away


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Diane Cilento, Australian theatre and film actress and author, has sadly passed away aged 79. During her distinguished life she could boast starring roles opposite icons such as Charlton Heston and Paul Newman, whilst she was also married to Sean Connery - her second of three marriages - for 11 years between 1962 and 1973.

The star passed away at Cairns Base Hospital near her home in Queensland, reports the BBC, just two days after her 79th birthday - no cause of death has as yet been given. Paying tribute to her, close friend and playwright MICHAEL GOW reflected that, "She kept us all hugely entertained until the day before yesterday, when she just couldn't manage anymore and we took her to hospital."

Cilento's Broadway breakthrough occurred in 1955 where she played Helen Of Troy in JEAN GIRADOUX's 'Tiger At The Gates,' a performance which earned her a TONY AWARD nomination. On the silver screen meanwhile she is perhaps best known for her role as Molly Seagrim in 1963 British adventure film 'Tom Jones.' That too saw her gain an award nomination, Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards; other films Cilento appeared in included 1965's 'The Agony And The Ecstacy' opposite Newman, and cult 1973 horror film 'The Wickerman' - during which she'd meet third husband, the film's script writer Anthony Shaffer.

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Diane Cilento, Actress And Ex-wife Of Sean Connery, Dies Aged 78


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Diane Cilento, the Oscar-nominated Australian actress once married to Scottish star Sean Connery, has died aged 78. Cilento passed away in northern Australia on Thursday evening (7th October 2011), although no cause of death was given, reports the Associated Press.

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Australian Actress Diane Cilento Dies


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Australian actress Diane Cilento has died after losing a lengthy battle with ill health. She was 78.

The Academy Award nominee, who was previously married to Bond star Sir Sean Connery, passed away at the Cairns Base Hospital, in Cairns, Australia on Thursday (06Oct11).

Cilento moved to England in the 1950s after winning a scholarship at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada), and she soon started acting in British films.

During her career she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in a 1956 production of Tiger at the Gates, while she picked up a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1963's Tom Jones.

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The Wicker Man (1973) Review


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It's difficult to shake the disquieting climax of The Wicker Man, where pious Police Sgt. Howie (Edward Woodward) of the West Highland Police is confronted by the secrets kept within the isolated Scottish island of Summerisle. Being a decent Christian, he finds himself repulsed by their pagan rituals, open sexuality, and their unwavering devotion to the Old Gods. Much like the unwitting protagonists of Peter Weir's The Last Wave and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Howie is facing off against powers much larger than himself (and anything that is dreamt of in his narrow theology).

Called upon to investigate the disappearance of a young schoolgirl named Rowan Morrison, Sgt. Howie finds stubborn, tight-lipped resistance from the local islanders, who carry about their business unmindful of his single-minded detective work. More often than not, they treat him with bemused detachment, laughing into their drinks or simply ignoring him altogether as he marches through the rustic schoolyards, dingy inns, and lush green hills. The locations, filmed in the highlands of Scotland, possess the eerie, musty, ever-haunted quality of an Old Country worn down by time. If there is a central character in The Wicker Man, it's the timeless elements of rock and water, moss and faded wood that comprise the town squares. Sgt. Howie, a man from the city, is clearly out of his depth.

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Connery Pulls Out Of Politics Debate Over 'Domestic Violence' Subject


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SIR Sean Connery has pulled out of a planned debate at Scotland's Festival Of Politics, after his opponent said he would question the acting legend about domestic violence.
The former James Bond star caused controversy when he declared, "Sometimes there are women who take it to the wire. That's what they are looking for - the ultimate confrontation. They want a smack." Connery later attempted to claim the quotes were taken out of context.
Last week (14AUG06), Connery's ex-wife Diane Cilento claimed the actor had physically abused her in 1965, saying, "I felt a blow to my face and was knocked to the floor and passed out for a few seconds... I got to my feet and tried to fight back, but another blow sent me flying."
Connery, a staunch Scottish National Party (SNP) supporter, was set to have a debate with the festival's Presiding Officer GEORGE REID, who vowed to ask the actor about his views on domestic violence.
Despite attending the Edinburgh film festival, Connery has pulled out of the politics event this week (ends25AUG06).

'I Still Love Connery', Says Ex-wife


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The ex-wife of SIR Sean Connery insists she is still in love with the James Bond star, and "wishes she could be free of him".
Diane Cilento, who recently spoke out about the violence she allegedly suffered at the actor's hands, married again after divorcing Connery in 1973.
But she admits her heart still leaps whenever she sees him on TV, despite the pain he caused her.
She says, "I did bump into him in an airport some years ago. It was weird. A sudden shock. Like seeing someone you think you know, only now it's a different person.
"I do feel there's unfinished business between us. I don't know why. I wish I could be free of him.
"I loved the old Sean, I still do. Sometimes when I see him today on some talk show, I catch a fleeting glimpse of my old love in the turn of his head or a well-remembered phrase, and it still makes my heart turn over."

Connery's Ex-wife Speaks Out About Alleged Domestic Abuse


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SIR Sean Connery's ex-wife Diane Cilento has spoken out for the first time about the violence she allegedly suffered at the hands of the James Bond star, more than 30 years after their marriage ended.
The Australian-born actress wed Connery in 1962, shortly after her first marriage was annulled, and when she was a bigger star than the then unknown Scot.
But she claims their marriage turned sour when she was staying with her husband in Spain while he filmed THE HILL in 1965.
She tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "I was a bit drunk. Once inside our room in the darkness, I felt a blow to my face and was knocked to the floor and passed out for a few seconds.
"Then I was screaming, we were both shouting. I got to my feet and tried to fight back, but another blow sent me flying. I managed to get into the bathroom and locked myself in. I spend the rest of the night sprawled on the bathroom floor, covered with towels, whimpering.
"(When I looked in the mirror the next day) I felt sure my face would never be the same again. I was in shock - no one had ever treated me like that, it was confusing, and I felt ashamed in a way - and afraid of the press finding out."
From that day onwards, Cilento felt she could no longer trust her husband but she stayed with him for eight more years until their divorce in 1973.
She continues, "Everything had changed. Looking back, I think my conviction that Sean was my loyal protector, the one person who always made me feel safe, had been shattered.
"I still loved him deeply, but he would never again be the same person I had trusted unconditionally."

Connery's Hairy Back


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Former JAMES BOND star SIR Sean Connery was so hairy in his prime, his ex-wife had to shave his back every three weeks. Diane Cilento, who was married to Connery from 1962 to 1973, makes the revelation in her new autobiography. She says, "I used to perform this task for him every three weeks while he sat in the bath."

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