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A private funeral was held yesterday in Farmington, New Mexico, for Demi Moore's mother, who died of cancer last week. The actress was at the bedside of Virginia Guynes, aged 54, who had been critically ill with a brain tumour.

"This was something that was expected for some time," said Moore's spokeswoman. The star and other family members had been by her side for most of the time for the past three months.

Guynes had infuriated Moore by posing nude for a magazine but the pair reconciled when Moore learned her mother was ill.

Since Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, announced she was leaving the pop quintet her character has become a hot property in the toy store.

Mr Stephen Imura, of the Cinema Shop in San Francisco, said: "People are speculating that they'll quit making her, and she will be hard to find."

Galoob Toys, which manufactures the Spice dolls, says it wants to keep Ginger in the line-up even if she's not on stage. But the ultimate decision lies with Posh, Scary, Sporty and Baby.

Mr Imura says if the plastic Ginger gets the axe, her price will likely go from pounds 20 a doll topounds 60.

Michael Jackson returns to his Motown roots this week to unveil a new video and talk business with entrepreneur Mr Don Barden.

Mr Barden is the former owner of Detroit's cable television system whose current holdings include a casino in Jackson's hometown of Gary, Indiana.

Barden and Jackson, who are developing business opportunities worldwide, plan a major announcement this week.

"Whether it's selling trains, building dams or bridges or highways or hotels or casinos, we're going to be a diversified company worldwide," Barden said.

Filming is expected to begin later this month in New York on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.

The picture will mark Christopher Reeve's first acting job since he was paralysed three years ago in a horse-riding accident. …