OSCAR-winning actress Cate Blanchett developed a kissing obsession after losing her father at the tender age of ten.

The OSCAR-winning beauty was left heart-broken by her family's loss - and Blanchett blamed herself for his death because she failed to kiss her dad goodbye when he left home on the morning of his fatal heart attack.

The 35-year-old says, "I had this big thing for a long time about kissing everyone. I was playing the piano, and he waved goodbye, and I didn't kiss him goodbye.

"And so I'd had this obsessional thing for about five years after he died where I had to kiss everybody in the family goodbye, even if I was just walking down to get a pint of milk, just in case something happened.

11/05/2005 13:51