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Media captionWhat JK Rowling said about first Harry Potter book in 1997

Can you believe it’s 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?

Joanne Rowling, as she was known then, dreamed up the story of the bespectacled boy wizard on a train trip between London and Manchester.

She finished the manuscript in 1995, writing much of it in cafes in Edinburgh while her baby from her first marriage slept in a pram.

After many rejections, the manuscript was eventually picked up by Bloomsbury. The first hardback print run, which came out on 26 June 1997, was just 500 copies.

Then something magic happened. That first book – and the six that followed – went on to sell more than 450 million copies around the world.

Here’s a look at the many ways the Harry Potter phenomenon has cast a spell on the cultural landscape over two decades.

It got kids (and adults) reading

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The Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies

Okay, so books were around for a long time before Harry Potter. But JK Rowling turned book consumption, especially for children, into something close to addiction.

You want proof? The UK release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 was timed at 3.45pm to prevent children in England and Wales from skipping school to get their copy.

The later books got HUGE but it didn’t stop kids devouring them.

Grown-ups got hooked too, with the books being released in adult-friendly covers.

The book releases themselves became headline news: when the fourth book Goblet of Fire came out in 2000, booksellers around the world got together to coordinate the first ever global midnight launch.

When Rowling received an honorary degree at St Andrews University that same year, the Scottish institution said she had proved that children’s books “are still capable of capturing and enchanting an immense audience, irrespective of the competing attractions of television, Nintendo, Gameboy and Pokemon”.

It also got people writing

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Harry Potter fans at the premiere of the final film, the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Harry Potter books are credited with opening the way to a whole swathe load of young adult fantasy fiction.

Lots of books were released in the hope they would be “the next Harry Potter”, such as Artemis Fowl, The Spiderwick Chronicles and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Would we have had blockbuster series like Twilight and The Hunger Games novels had not Potter paved the way?

And let’s not forget fan fiction.

The internet is thrumming with tens of thousands of unofficial spin-off stories about life at Hogwarts, The Dursleys and what the Weasley twins get up to at parties.

A warning to the curious: some are NSFW.

It got us all steamed up about trains

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For a generation of kids brought up on Thomas the Tank Engine and The Polar Express, there was suddenly a shiny new steam train in the engine shed.

Yes, the Hogwarts Express.

No trip to King’s Cross Station in London is complete without a selfie on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.

It introduced new words to the dictionary

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The Royal Mail produced special stamps based on the book covers

Most words have to be around for 10 years before they will be considered for the Oxford English Dictionary, but JK Rowling’s word “muggle” – which made its debut in Philosopher’s Stone – was an exception.

It was added to the OED in less than half the usual time, appearing in 2002 as “a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way”.

In the world of Harry Potter, a muggle is a person without magical powers.

We suspect that Crumple-Horned Snorkack – an elusive magical creature in Sweden – may take longer to make it into the muggle lexicon.

It invented a new sport

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In the books, Quidditch is a magical sport played on flying broomsticks, and involves bludgers, quaffles and a golden snitch – a small ball with wings.

In the real world, Quidditch is a non-magical sport played on broomsticks, and involves bludgers, quaffles and a golden snitch – a person in a yellow t-shirt with a Velcro tail attached to their shorts.

It started in the US around 2005 and has become a global sport with its own governing body. The Quidditch World Cup takes place annually and was won last year by Australia.

It spawned one of the world’s biggest film franchises

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Young stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint

Until recently, the eight Harry Potter films were the largest-grossing film franchise in history, having brought in a whopping $7.7bn (£6.1bn) worldwide.

The first Harry Potter film – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (it was known as the Sorcerer’s Stone in North America) – was released in November 2001.

As well as breaking box office records faster than a trip on the Knight Bus, it also introduced the young Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint to the world.

The final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) is the highest grossing of all the Potter films at $1.34bn. It’s the eighth-highest grossing film of all time.

The franchise – now known as JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – has continued with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).

And there’s plenty more to come. Rowling has said she has planned scripts for a total of five Fantastic Beasts films.

It cast its spell on the theatre too

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Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Jamie Parker (Harry) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London in 2016 to the same kind of Pottermania that surrounded the release of the books and films.

Some 1,500 fans at the very first performance, many dressed as witches and wizards, gasped at the various plot revelations and stage illusions.

The two-part play begins with Harry, Ron and Hermione in their mid-30s as their own children head off to Hogwarts school.

It even had critics reaching for superlatives. One wrote: “British theatre hasn’t known anything like it for decades and I haven’t seen anything directly comparable in all my reviewing days.”

The play won a record-breaking nine prizes at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Cursed Child will be opening on Broadway in New York in 2018 and JK Rowling has said she would like it to be seen widely around the world.

It’s helped shape the millennial generation

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Is anyone worse than Voldemort?

Millions of people reaching young adulthood have never known a world without Harry Potter.

Many who’ve grown up with the books can now get regular doses of JK Rowling via social media – she’s got an army of almost 11m followers.

When Donald Trump was compared with Lord Voldemort last year, Rowling tweeted: “How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.”

She later mocked Twitter users who threatened to burn her books.

One response read: “Guess it’s true what they say: you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can’t make her think.”

Twenty years on from that first book, it looks like no-one’s going to be saying “Avada Kedavra” to Harry Potter anytime soon.

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Mud-free and musically diverse, this year’s Glastonbury was one of the best in recent memory.

Here are some of the things we spotted along the way.

1) Craig David created his own legend’s slot

Media captionCraig David performs Ain’t Giving Up at Glastonbury 2017

When 100,000 people sang “boink”, Craig David was all over it.

The star celebrated his improbable, but amazing, career resurgence by throwing a huge party on the Pyramid Stage, full of his greatest hits (and quite a few other people’s too).

Afterwards, fans said Craig should have been given Glastonbury’s coveted Sunday afternoon “legend’s slot”.

But sadly that will never happen… He chills on Sunday.

2) Karma Police

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There might have been extra security at Glastonbury this year, but the police weren’t about to let that dampen the spirits.

If anything, the boys and girls in blue were determined to keep the Glastonbury spirit alive and kicking.

There was also this business with the mounted police and a false horse’s head. The stuff of nightmares.

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3) It was sunny… Perhaps too sunny

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On Wednesday, as temperatures reached 34C, we sat on the hill opposite the Park Stage when, all of a sudden, everyone broke into a spontaneous round of applause. Five minutes later, it happened again. And again.

It took us about half an hour to work out that, every time, they were celebrating the sun disappearing behind a cloud.

4) Dua Lipa broke herself

Media captionDua Lipa sings an acoustic version of Lost in Your Light at Glastonbury 2017.

“I’ve done myself an injury,” said Dua Lipa, as she limped into the BBC compound after a performance at the John Peel stage that was as packed with hits as it was people.

“I’ve mashed my tailbone,” she grimaced. “It was already bruised after I fell off a jet ski. Then I went on stage and danced like I’d never danced before. All sorts of crazy stuff. Now I can barely walk.”

Get well soon, Dua!

5) Don’t let dreadlocks drag you down

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One reveller had a very creative solution to their bad hair day.

6) The Foo Fighters settled an old score with David Beckham

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In 1998, when the Foo Fighters played their first ever Glastonbury, half of the audience walked away to watch England v Colombia in the World Cup – a match where David Beckham scored one of England’s two goals.

Fast forward 19 years, and the band headline the Pyramid Stage with Beckham watching from the sidelines.

That makes the score 1-1. But what happens next?

7) It was the starriest Glastonbury ever

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It wasn’t just Beckham watching from the sidelines. We spotted Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington hanging out at the festival.

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We also spotted Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and off-duty musicians Chris Martin and Rita Ora who, judging by her Instagram, arrived in a helicopter.

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Most surprising of all was Bradley Cooper – who turned up on the Pyramid Stage and played guitar (albeit silently) while filming a sequence for the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born.

He then introduced a set by country singer Kris Kristoffersen, who starred in the 1976 version of the film alongside Barbra Streisand.

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The star last visited Glastonbury as a guest of Metallica in 2014

8) It’s hard to concentrate on your delicate piano ballad when Jools Holland strikes up his big band

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We had the privilege of watching up-and-coming pop star Sigrid soundcheck for a live session on BBC Radio 1. As you can see above, her acoustic rendition of Don’t Kill My Vibe was nothing short of stunning.

Unfortunately, when it came to the broadcast, the Norwegian was interrupted by Jools Holland and his Big Band, who launched into a thunderous set on the nearby Pyramid Stage.

Sigrid persevered; eyes screwed tight, delivering a delicate and heartfelt performance against the boogie woogie barrage.

“That was weird,” she told us afterwards. “I could hear the whole show behind me. I really had to concentrate. Thank goodness I had headphones!”

9) Ohhhhh, Jeremy Corbyn

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Everywhere you went, the chant broke out: “Ohhhh, Jeremy Corbyn.” We heard it between bands, we heard it in the healing field, we even heard it at the silent disco.

But most of all, we heard it during his appearance on the Pyramid Stage. The Labour leader delivered a well-received speech – but he forgot the one thing he was supposed to do: Introduce US hip-hop band Run The Jewels onto the stage.

Speaking to the BBC afterwards, they didn’t seem to mind.

“He said a lot of things that resonated with the common man,” said Killer Mike. “I was very impressed. Old G can talk.”

10) Katy Perry doesn’t know the Scottish flag

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“I can see all of you!” shouted Katy Perry to the hordes who came to see her at the Pyramid Stage. “Even that security guard in the neon, way in the back by that blue flag with the X.”

That would be the Saltire, Katy. The flag of Scotland.

Mind you, how many of you know the flag of Katy’s home state, California? (It’s got a grizzly bear on it, FYI).

11) You don’t have to spend a fortune on instruments to play Glastonbury

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Dave Grohl’s signature DG-335 Gibson guitar will set you back about £4,500 – but you can play Glastonbury after a visit to your grocer, as we discovered when we met Finnish musician Vicky O’Neon.

12) Stormzy had the time of his life

Media captionStormzy performs Big For Your Boots at Glastonbury 2017

“Hey, mumzy, look at your boy now,” beamed Stormzy, as he surveyed the massive crowd who turned up for his set on The Other Stage.

They included one Katherine Perry, who told the rapper she had “delayed the helicopter” to catch his set.

“[I'm] just a massive fan,” she added on Snapchat.

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After posing for photographs with the star backstage, Stormzy took to Twitter to express his disbelief at how the whole night went down.

“So happy right now, thank you to every single person that came and saw me,” he wrote.

“Chris Martin came to speak to me after. What an inspiration. And Katy Perry came as well! What a dream. We thank God.”

Then, apropos of nothing, he added, “Before I forget, Dynamo is the greatest magician on the planet.”

Whatever you say, Stormzy.

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Gal Gadot takes the leading role in Patty Jenkins’ film

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman film is on track to break box office records by becoming the top grossing live-action film from a female director.

The film has generated more than $620m worldwide since its launch 21 days ago, media reports say, and is on course to outperform the $665.7m made by Kung Fu Panda 2 – also directed by a woman.

Some analysts predict Wonder Woman will also overtake Frozen, made in 2013 by male and female directors.

It generated $1.28bn in ticket sales.

Ms Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is due to generate $319m (£250m; €285m) in the US in 24 days, Forbes’ Scott Mendelson reports, which is only a little less than the $325m and $330m US totals of Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Israeli actress Gal Gadot has also starred in the Fast Furious films

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Does Wonder Woman live up to the hype?

Wonder Woman is soon likely to be the biggest US success for DC Comics, apart from the last two Batman Dark Knight sequels.

The film – starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot in the lead role – has already overtaken the international ticket sales of Phyllida Lloyd’s Mamma Mia!, which earned $609m in 2008, Mendelson says.

“[The] action spectacular is still doing ridiculously well, both in terms of raw numbers and legs,” he writes.

“It’s projected $27.5m fourth weekend is a drop of just 33% from last weekend, which is nuts for a movie like this.”

Wonder Woman is also due to secure “the seventh-biggest fourth weekend gross of all time”, he adds.

Wonder Woman is the first female-led superhero film to be directed by a woman. It has received largely positive reviews from film critics.

Hollywood is known for its reluctance to hire female directors, especially for blockbuster superhero movies.

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Media captionBarry Gibb performs Stayin’ Alive at Glastonbury 2017

We’re calling it: Islands In The Stream has become the unofficial anthem of Glastonbury.

Kenny Rogers debuted the song in 2013; and Dolly Parton featured it in her record-breaking set a year later.

Now Barry Gibb, who wrote the song, has made it the centrepiece of his performance at the festival’s coveted “legend slot”.

It was one of a dozen or more classics from his, and the Bee Gees’, catalogue that made it impossible to stand still.

There was a sense of euphoria as he ran through the likes of Tragedy, Jive Talkin’ and Night Fever, his falsetto never wavering in the bright afternoon sun.

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The Bee Gee attracted one of the biggest audiences of the weekend

As has now become tradition in the legend slot, Glastonbury’s security team joined the performance, with a choreographed routine to Stayin’ Alive that brought a huge smile to Gibb’s face.

His triumphant set came a year after Gibb joined Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage for two Bee Gee covers: To Love Somebody and what Chris Martin called “the greatest song of all time”, Stayin’ Alive.

Gibb had been meant to play the festival that year, but pulled out when a family member fell ill.

The star recently revealed he struggled with appearing on stage by himself, following the death of his brothers Maurice and Robin.

“I don’t like being on stage on my own. I miss my brothers. I get nerves being on stage on my own because it is so new to me,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

“We would all lean on each other. I’d lean on Maurice and Robin and they would lean on me and somehow we’d get through every show.

“We knew how each other felt. I knew what their opinions were. We were three brothers and it was a democracy.

“We were three brothers who had to agree. If one of them did not like something we did not do it.”

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Gibb beamed a picture of his brothers onto the stage as he performed Nights on Broadway, eliciting a swell of support from the audience.

Several were wearing Barry Gibb masks and one fan passed a gold jacket up to the stage, which Gibb gamely wore for the last 15 minutes of his 75-minute set.

By that point, the crowd was chanting his name – “Barry! Barry! Barry!” – between songs and the star, who is more than 50 years into his career, was visibly touched by their enthusiasm.

“You guys have been the best. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime,” he said. “I hope to see you again.”

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Gibb was followed onto the Pyramid stage by fellow disco legends Chic.

If anything, they drew a larger crowd than Gibb. The hills were full to bursting with flag-waving fans as Nile Rodgers served up a feast of funk.

The set spanned his entire career as a producer and writer, with Chic’s Le Freak joined by Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and the Diana Ross classic Upside Down.

Rodgers even threw in Daft Punk’s Get Lucky (on which he played guitar) and a verse of The Sugar Hill Gang’s Rappers’ Delight – which sampled Chic’s Good Times – for good measure.

As one audience member near us noted, “Chic have just won Glastonbury”.

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Media captionEd Sheeran performs The A Team at Glastonbury 2017

Pop star Ed Sheeran has headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, just six years after his debut at one of the festival’s smallest venues.

In 2011, the star played the solar-powered Croissant Neuf stage, playing “to about 500 people”.

On Sunday, he closed the festival, attracting a much younger audience than Friday and Saturday’s headliners, Radiohead and Foo Fighters.

The 26-year-old admitted he was “very nervous but very excited” to be there.

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“For those of you who haven’t seen one of my shows before or haven’t heard one of my songs, please pretend that you know them,” he told the audience.

“For those of you who have, please sing all of the words.”

“The aim of tonight is to lose our voices,” he added. “I’m going to lose mine as well.”

The audience took him up on the challenge; joining in wistfully as he sang the ballads Photograph and Thinking Out Loud.

They didn’t quite keep up, however, with the spittle-flecked Take It Back – a whirlwind of wordplay in which Sheeran declared: “I’m not a rapper, I’m a singer with a flow.”

The star played, as he usually does, without a band; using a loop pedal to layer his vocal and guitar lines and create a backing track live, on the spot.

This created problems during Bloodstream when his guitar slipped out of tune but, for the most part, the sound was impressive: Sheeran can build up or break down a song at will, a skill honed by years of relentless gigging in his teens.

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Sheeran attracted a significantly younger audience to the Pyramid Stage

Highlights included The A-Team, which he sang illuminated by the audience, who held their phones aloft, creating the impression of 80,000 fireflies bobbing around the fields of Worthy Farm.

Sheeran also invited traditional Irish band Beoga on stage to accompany him on Nancy Mulligan, a song about his paternal grandmother.

It was a moment that reeked of cheese but, watched from the side of the stage by his grandfather, Sheeran made it seem genuine.

This is the secret to his appeal. His brand of pop can be innocuous and twee – but Sheeran sells it with an earnest, everyman shtick that demolishes the divide between artist and audience.

However you respond to his music, it is clear he strikes a chord, especially with the YouTube generation who prioritise relatability over the preening mannerisms of, say, Mick Jagger.

Sheeran exploits it effortlessly. On headlining Glastonbury, he told the crowd: “I’d like to say it was a dream of mine, but I never thought I’d get to the point where I was playing this stage, let alone headlining it.”

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Sheeran may have been on stage alone, but his impressive set helped fill Worthy Farm with colour

And to Glastonbury itself, Sheeran’s appeal to under-30s is paramount: those are the fans the festival needs to replenish its audience and survive.

That’s why this year saw more pop and grime acts than ever, from Charli XCX to Katy Perry; from Wiley to Stormzy.

Killer surprise

On Sunday, the festival also saw sets from Royal Blood, Courteeners, Foo Fighters, The Jacksons, Radiohead and The Killers – who played a secret show on the John Peel stage on Sunday evening.

“They say you play the John Peel Stage twice in your career – once on the way up, and once on the way down,” said frontman Brandon Flowers.

“It’s great to be back.”

Earlier in the day, the Pyramid Stage briefly turned into Studio 54, with consecutive sets from Bee Gee Barry Gibb and funk band Chic drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend.

And LA band Haim literally brought the audience at The Other Stage to its knees.

The band, who were debuting songs from their new album, Something To Tell You, encouraged the crowd to dance lower and lower towards the ground until, eventually, they were lying down on the grass.

“All I wanted was a dance party,” bassist Este Haim told the BBC afterwards, “and then Glastonbury danced with me. We tangoed.”

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Sunday also saw sets from Shaggy, Emeli Sande, London Grammar and Biffy Clyro, who threw down the gauntlet to Sheeran with a ferocious volley of rock riffs on the Pyramid Stage.

There is no Glastonbury in 2018, meaning that there are 731 days until Worthy Farm opens its gates again.

The cows will be pleased.

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Daniel Day-Lewis surprised Hollywood this week by announcing his retirement from acting.

Although he still has one film due to be released later this year – Phantom Thread, based on the fashion world of 1950s London – after he finishes its promotion he “will no longer be working as an actor”.

Whether he can be tempted back out of retirement remains to be seen, but here are nine other stars who have quit the profession.

Cameron Diaz

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You might not have realised, but Cameron Diaz hasn’t been in a film since 2014′s Annie, nor does she have any films in the pipeline.

She recently explained why she stepped out of the spotlight at an event run by her best mate, Gwyneth Paltrow.

“I just went, ‘I can’t really say who I am to myself.’ Which is a hard thing to face up to. I felt the need to make myself whole,” she said at a Goop Wellness Summit.

In the years since, she has married Good Charlotte singer Benji Madden and published two books – The Body Book, a health and fitness manual, and The Longevity Book, about the art and science of growing older.

Sir Sean Connery

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Once voted the sexiest man of the 20th Century, James Bond star Sir Sean Connery quit acting after filming The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003.

He didn’t officially confirm his retirement until he received the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award in 2006.

Although according to his friend Sir Michael Caine, it was the movie business that retired the Bond star “because he didn’t want to play small parts about old men and they weren’t offering him any young parts in romantic leads”.

Sir Sean has since been enjoying retirement, spending his days playing golf and has been spotted at the odd tennis tournament.

Rick Moranis

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Canadian actor Rick Moranis rose up Hollywood’s ranks after appearing in hit films such as Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

However he began scaling back his acting work after his wife died of cancer in 1991 and retired from on-screen work completely in 1997 to concentrate on raising his children.

“I’m a single parent, and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the travelling involved in making movies,” he told USA Today in 2005.

“So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”

Shirley Temple

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One of the most famous child actors, Shirley Temple was awarded a special juvenile Oscar in 1935 for her contribution to film that year when she was just seven years old.

But as she grew older her appeal declined and she retired from acting in 1950 at the grand old age of 22.

She returned to the spotlight in the late 1960s as a politician and diplomat, and became the US ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989.

She continued to work in public service including for the United Nations until she died in 2014 aged 85.

Jack Gleeson

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As King Joffrey on hit TV show Game of Thrones, (SPOILER ALERT) Jack Gleeson played one of the most hated characters on TV for three years, but when his character was killed off in season three, the star decided to kill off his acting career too.

“I’ve been acting since age eight,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to… whereas up until now it was always something I did for recreation with my friends, or in the summer for some fun – I enjoyed it.

“When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.”

Gleeson went on to study philosophy and theology at Dublin’s Trinity College, although he dipped a toe back into performing when he took a puppet show, called Bears in Space, to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and London’s Soho Theatre in 2015.

Amanda Bynes

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Amanda Bynes hit the big time in her teens when she scored her own programme – The Amanda Show – on Nickelodeon.

A string of teen films followed which you may have seen more than once or twice on TV recently – What a Girl Wants (2003), where she finds out her dad is Colin Firth who is trying to become prime minister; She’s the Man (2006), a modern take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; and the big-screen adaptation of the musical Hairspray.

Once touted as a young Lucille Ball, her last film role was in 2010 – the same year she tweeted: “If I don’t love something anymore I stop doing it. I don’t love acting anymore so I’ve stopped doing it.”

In the years since, she’s had more than one brush with the law for drunk driving and substance abuse, but the actress – who is now 31 – recently gave an interview saying she was now three years sober and wanted to start acting again.

Greta Garbo

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“I want to be alone,” Greta Garbo was famed for saying – and in the end, she really meant it.

The actress was one of Hollywood’s most enigmatic stars in the 1930s. Desperate for privacy, she never gave any interviews, signed autographs or attended premieres – much to the frustration of the press.

She retired from acting when she was 36, saying she was “tired of Hollywood” and “wanted to live another life”.

But her early retirement and subsequent reclusiveness meant she remained eternally young on screen and in people’s minds.

Gene Hackman

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After a five-decade career and Oscar wins in 1971 for The French Connection and 1992 for Unforgiven, Gene Hackman told veteran US TV host Larry King in 2004 he was retiring.

Four years later in an interview with Reuters he said although he missed acting, he didn’t want to do it any longer.

“The business for me is very stressful. The compromises that you have to make in films are just part of the beast, and it had gotten to a point where I just didn’t feel like I wanted to do it anymore,” he said.

Since he retired, he’s written three novels.

Doris Day

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Doris Day was one of the biggest stars by the 1960s thanks to her double-threat singing and acting career, in films such as Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk and Move Over, Darling.

Her last film was in 1968 and after a brief stint on TV, announced she was retiring from acting in 1975.

Now 95, she has since dedicated her life to working as an animal welfare advocate, and set up the Doris Day Animal Foundation in 1978.

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Fashion designer Stella McCartney has chosen her dad’s song Blackbird as one of her records for Desert Island Discs.

She said she found it “incredible how contemporary the song feels” and was “proud” of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney for writing it.

Stella told the BBC Radio 4 show that music had been “the driving force in every moment of our childhood”.

For her book choice, she also chose Sir Paul’s memoir Japanese Jailbird, written by him but never released.

The manuscript – detailing what happened in 1980 when the star spent nine days in a Japanese jail for a drugs offence – has been locked away for decades with the only copies given to his children, something that Stella said she finds “very beautiful”.

She went on: “I just think it makes me remember family and it would make me also remember freedom.”

The 45-year-old also praised the late David Bowie after choosing his song Starman as one of her tracks.

“What an amazing talent and again so modern, so relevant and so individual. What an incredible, individual voice he had,” she said.

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Stella McCartney, right, alongside her father Paul and sister Mary in 2009

Speaking about Blackbird – on the 1968 album The Beatles – Stella said the track had “never aged”, which she described as shocking.

“I’m really proud of dad that he wrote it at such a young age, he had this sort of incredible vision to understand politics, to understand poetry,” she added.

She recalled how music was a huge influence on her childhood and her father would come home every day from the studio and she would listen to what he had created.

Stella spoke of meeting many famous faces from the music world, such as Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, who all had “an incredible influence” on her.

The designer told the programme she often used the name Stella Martin while at school and studying at London’s Central Saint Martins college to avoid being recognised.

Her final year show in college hit the headlines after famous faces such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Yasmin Le Bon wore her designs on the catwalk.

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Kate Moss, right, took part in Stella McCartney’s, left, fashion show at college

“I look back on that moment and just feel a bit embarrassed that I was so naive,” she said.

The designer went on to defend some of the expensive price tags on items in her fashion range.

When asked about the “ethics” and “morals” of someone paying thousands for a dress, she said: “Look at some of my competitors and that’s probably fairly well-priced.

“I mean, I do struggle with that concept, but I work really hard to have a lot of products that are available on a better price point.”

Stella McCartney’s full Desert Island Disc track choices were:

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
  • Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads
  • Blackbird by The Beatles
  • Starman by David Bowie
  • Something by Phyllis Dillon (a reggae version of the George Harrison-penned Beatles song)
  • God Only Knows The Beach Boys
  • A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Louis Armstrong
  • Faith by George Michael

Listen back to Stella McCartney’s Desert Island Discs

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Ray BLK is making her Glastonbury debut, after winning the BBC’s Sound of 2017 earlier this year.

We caught up with the singer as she stepped off the tour bus and drank in the sights for the first time.

Video journalist: Sophie Van Brugen

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Media captionThe Labour leader was introduced on stage by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis

Jeremy Corbyn said he had been inspired by how many young people had got involved in politics as he addressed the crowd at the Glastonbury festival.

“Do you know, politics is actually about everyday life?” he asked the Pyramid Stage audience who had, moments earlier, been dancing to Craig David.

The Labour leader called for “a world of human rights, peace, justice and democracy all over the planet”.

The speech was watched by tens of thousands across the festival site.

At the Pyramid Stage, supporters and activists surged to the front of the crowd holding placards, and a chorus of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” – sung to the tune of Seven Nation Army by former Glastonbury headliners The White Stripes.

Mr Corbyn was not without his dissenters among the large crowd, with some boos heard during the speech and small pockets of the audience walking away towards the end.

But he received loud cheers for comments on equality (“We need to challenge sexism in our society, and homophobia, and any form of discrimination that goes on”) and refugees (“Let’s support them in their hour of need and not see them as a threat and danger”).

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Mr Corbyn posed for photos with festival-goers at Glastonbury

Mr Corbyn also commented on the recent election, which saw Prime Minister Theresa May’s majority cut in the House of Commons, following a vote in which the turnout among young people was reported to have increased dramatically.

“The elites got it wrong,” he said. “The politics that got out of the box is not going back in that box”.

He added that he was “inspired” by the number of young voters who got involved for the first time.

That the Labour leader was given a rock star welcome was, perhaps, unsurprising at the overwhelmingly left-leaning music festival.

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Organiser Michael Eavis, who invited Mr Corbyn to appear, introduced him on stage, saying: “At last we have a leader to put in place all the issues we’ve been campaigning for for 40 years”.

The festival, which is run as a non-profit event, supports causes including Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid.

Artists appearing at the festival have spoken of their support of Mr Corbyn’s politics, while Friday night’s headliners Radiohead commented during their set: “See you later, Theresa. Just shut the door on your way out.”

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Radiohead performed as the headline act on Friday

Rapper Dizzee Rascal told the BBC he was a fan: “He comes across quite genuine. It seems like he’s fought for a lot of good causes.”

“I don’t really want to get into politics,” added Mike Kerr of rock group Royal Blood, “but he seems like someone who speaks for, particularly, my generation of people. He seems like someone that represents us.”

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