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Charlie Dick, keeper of Patsy Cline's legacy, dies at 81

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NASHVILLECharlie Dick, 81, who spent his life keeping alive the legacy of his wife, Patsy Cline after her death in 1963, has died at his home in Nashville, his family said.

Dick died in his sleep on Sunday, the family said in a posting on the official Patsy Cline Facebook page, calling it a “sad day for those of you who have been so supportive of Mom’s legacy over the years.”

Cline was killed in a March 5, 1963, plane crash and Dick devoted most of his time to keeping alive the memory of the singer who gave a pop edge to country music with songs like “Crazy” and “Sweet Dreams.”

Dick helped keep Cline’s profile high by attending events where she was honored and also worked hard to protect her image and promote her music.

He was instrumental in reissues of his wife’s music as well as in the posthumous release of some previously undiscovered recordings.

“It was ‘63 that she was killed in that crash, and she was a huge star at the time. But she’s still popular worldwide now,” Country Music Hall of Fame singer and guitarist Mac Wiseman, 90, a close friend of the couple said on Monday of Dick’s work.

“Sweet Dreams” became the title of a 1985 film that in part focused in part on a turbulent relationship between Cline and her husband. Dick maintained it was a good movie but that it was pretty much fiction.

“He and Patsy didn’t always agree on everything, but she loved him. And vice versa,” said Wiseman, who had weekly phone conversations with Dick and met with him frequently.

After Cline’s death, Dick kept busy in the Nashville music industry, working with the late singer Red Sovine and other acts at Starday Records, for which he was national promotions man.

Cline and Dick had two children and he had a son after he remarried.   

(Editing By Jill Serjeant and Alan Crosby)

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Royal Ballet rising star Francesca Hayward wins fans as Juliet

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LONDONAs a young aspiring ballerina, Francesca Hayward would repeatedly practice making an entrance as Romeo’s Juliet, pretending her living room was a live auditorium.

Years later, the 23-year old has danced onto the stage at London’s Royal Opera House, winning rave reviews of her performance in the ballet adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragic love tale “Romeo and Juliet”.

Raised by her grandparents in Sussex, Hayward began dancing at three after watching a video of “The Nutcracker”.

She joined The Royal Ballet School at 11, winning several accolades and, after graduating into the company five years ago, has quickly worked her way up to first soloist, taking principle roles including the lead in “Manon” and the coveted Juliet.

“When I found out that I was going be Juliet, it felt much more real than Manon, because Manon is one of those ballets that you probably do after Juliet, so that never really sunk in to be honest,” Hayward said in an interview.

“But knowing that I was going to be Juliet … I just felt so excited and I couldn’t believe that it really was going to be me doing it.”

The Royal Opera House opened its current season with “Romeo and Juliet” 50 years after choreographer Kenneth MacMillan created his version of the story for the Royal Bal, set to Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s score.

Following in the footsteps of renowned ballerinas such as Lynn Seymour and Alessandra Ferri, Hayward danced as Juliet twice. Ballet critics hailed the performance, with one saying it “embodied all the founding virtues of the Royal Ballet”.

“I definitely remember the few seconds right before I make my first entrance, I kind of got quite emotional,” Hayward said. “I remembered all the times that I have done that when I was so small in my living room and just to think that it was really happening was quite a big moment.”

Hayward appears on stage in “The Nutcracker” next month and in Frederick Ashton’s “Rhapsody” in January.

“I’ve never remembered suddenly realizing this (becoming a ballerina) is what I’m going to do,” she said.

“I just started and never stopped.”

(Reporting By Vera Afdjei; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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'Brooklyn' has biggest Irish film opening since 1996

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LONDONThe film adaptation of Irish novelist Colm Toibin’s “Brooklyn” starring Saoirse Ronan has had the best opening week of any film in Ireland since the biopic “Michael Collins” in 1996, distributor Lionsgate said on Monday.

With an estimated box office of 1.04 million pounds ($1.57 million) in Britain and Ireland, “Brooklyn” was also the top opener in both countries for the past weekend, Lionsgate said.

“Brooklyn”, in which Ronan’s performance as a young Irish woman who emigrates to the New York borough to escape the poverty of 1950s Ireland is being touted as a potential Oscar winner, took in more than 432,000 pounds in Ireland from its opening on Nov 4 through the weekend, Lionsgate said.

That surpasses other popular recent Irish films including “The Guard”, which took in 408,711 pounds, and “Angela’s Ashes” at 397,978 pounds. It is exceeded only by the 1996 film about the Irish republican leader Collins, which took in almost 443,000 pounds.

Lionsgate said “Brooklyn” opened on 87 screens in Ireland, making it the largest screen count ever for an Irish film in the republic.

(Reporting by Michael Roddy; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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